Girls Track and Field: Bolingbrook has big day
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 7, 2012 7:06PM
Kymbriona Taylor, (center) of Bolingbrook, runs in the prelims for the girls 100 meter varsity dash during the Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational track meet on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Flossmoor, Ill. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:48AM
Despite the 19 opposing teams at the Homewood-Flossmoor Invite on Saturday, the Bolingbrook sprinters continued to make a name for themselves. Bolingbrook finished with 117.14 points, beating out Barrington (81.64) and host H-F (76) for the win.
Led by Kim Azie and Kymbriona Taylor, the sprint team toasted the competition like it was New Years Eve, placing first in the 400 (47.15 seconds) and 800 meter (1:44.96) relays to help conquer the field.
Azie and Taylor were also a dynamic duo in the individual 100 and 200. Azie took first place in the 100 (11.84) and 200 (24.90), and Taylor placed second in the 100 (12.09) and third in the 200 (25.62).
“(Azie and Taylor’s) times speak for themselves,” Bolingbrook coach Howard Birmingham said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg for them.”
Celebrating her 18th birthday, Taylor hoisted the championship plaque at the meet’s conclusion while her teammates serenaded her with a birthday song.
“I’m really proud of our team and the way we’ve adapted to a tougher practice routine,” Taylor said. “Kim and I have a healthy competition. We never discuss who’s going to win before a race, but we always shake hands afterwards. At the end of the day, we both have Bolingbrook on our chest and support each other.”
Bolingbrook also received two first place finishes in the field. Kayla Bell won the triple jump at 35 feet, seven inches, and Carolyn Sulzen took the pole vault at 10-0.
“We’ve been focusing on our muscle endurance and muscle strength,” Bolingbrook coach Howard Birmingham said. “The coaches and our girls did a heck of a job preparing leading up to this meet.”
Joliet Central’s Deanna Hasselbring placed fourth in the high jump at 4-10. She scored all five of her team’s point as Joliet Central finished in 19th place.