Lady 'Cats break 16-year medal drought

STATE MEDAL WINNERS in track include Lady Wildcats (from left) Chloe Proffitt, Kate McCann and Alyssa Ohlund.

 Three Lady Wildcats travelled to Charleston to compete in the IHSA state track meet Thursday. On a very warm and humid day, the Lady Cats ended a medal drought spanning decades.  
     The last state medal a Wilmington girl earned in track  was in 2005 when Anna Strong brought home a medal in the 300 meter hurdles.
     The Lady Cats have not had multiple medals since the 1998 season.              
        The Cats brought home three state medals this season and finished 19th out of the 68 teams scoring points.
      Earning medals and All-State recognition this year were senior Alyssa Ohlund in the high jump, junior Kate McCann in the long jump, and sophomore Chloe Proffitt in the 1600.
   Not only did Proffitt win a medal but she did it in record time - shattering her own 1600 school record by eight seconds with a time of 5:24.79, good for 3rd place.
   Ohlund set a new personal record when she jumped 5'03 in the high jump, good for 3rd place.
     McCann earned her medal in the long jump, jumping 16'11, good for 9th place. She also set a personal record in the 100, 12.94, good for 15th place. The girls set three career personal records (PRs) at state for a season-ending total of 64 PRs. The Lady Cats finished their splendid season with a 9-2 record in dual meets.
       Chase Juster will represent WHS at the boys state meet in Charleston on Thursday in hopes of adding to the medal totals in the 110 meter high hurdles.