Advertisements ad ad ad ad ad

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

Friday, May 19, 2017

St. Theresa School (Palatine) track and field team take honors

By Terri Kolbus

Elena DiVito, St. Theresa School seventh grader, is the new IESA 7A long jump champion and state record holder with a jump of 17'2".St. Theresa School

St. Theresa School Boys Track & Field team.St. Theresa School

St. Theresa School in Palatine's track and field teams achieved amazing accomplishments at the Illinois Elementary School Association State Finals in Peoria May 12-13. Seven athletes qualified out of the local sectional meet. Elena DiVito was the sole seventh grade girl qualifying in the long jump, 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles. Elena is the new IESA 7A long jump champion and state record holder with a jump of 17'2."

"My goal this entire year was to place first in long jump at state. I was completely off on my first two tries...I knew I had only one more chance to make it. All I could think of was our theme from this track season 'Conquer Thyself,' then conquer everyone else," Elena describes her mental state as she proceeded down the runway for her last mark. Her monster distance crushed the previous record by over five inches! She was also runner up in the 100m and 200m dashes. Her combined total points earned her the IESA Girls 7A Team Championship out of sixty teams competing.

Elena's younger sister, Alexa DiVito, only a fifth grader, qualified in the eighth grade hurdles.

On the boys' front, Bobby Widlowski and Brendan Oleksak each qualified in three events. Bobby, Brendan, Lucas Doland and Kris Passero competed in the premier relay event. Matthew Attak was listed as an alternate. The seventh grade boys secured the last medal position in the 4 x 400m relay. The boys' team was originally seeded 19th. The only people they surprised by their 8th place finish was their competition. The coaches and athletes knew they had the potential to place.

"We knew we could do it," said Lucas Doland. "We calculated what each of us had to run to make it to the podium and that's what we did."

Read more good news | Contribute