If you are passionate about distance races run on the track, the Batavia Fieldhouse will be the place to be on March 9 for the Fourth Annual Batavia Distance Madness Meet. We should see some state best times in the six championship races that will be contested on this fast Batavia 200-meter track.
Here is a look at each of the six events that will take place on Friday night. The first race was start at 5:15 PM.
1600 Meter Run
Meet Record – 4:49.30 – Judy Pendergast, Naperville North – 2016
2018 Illinois Season Best – 4:56.05 – Sarah Schmitt, Naperville North
Preview – It is hard to imagine that Judy Pendergast’s record falls in this race. The field in the championship race, however, is good. A winning time of under five-minutes is not out of the question.
Downers Grove South’s Erin Reidy may be one of the hot runners in this race. After running a sub-par 5:30 at this distance last week at the NCC Cardinal Classic, she came back on Monday to run a 2:13.9 split for 800-meters in leading her team to the win at the DGS Mustang Relays. This sophomore is running with confidence making her a threat in this race. Naperville North’s Claire Hill might be the most improved runner on her team and perhaps the state. Hill ran side-by-side with Katelynne Hart at last week’s NCC Cardinal Classic running 2:14 for 800-meters. She has run 5:12 this season. Maybe close to five-minutes is in her future for Friday’s race. Yorkville’s Emily Eberhart is the top seeded runner in this race having run 5:06.89 to finish fourth last Thursday at North Central College. Eberhart, along with teammate Helena Kleronomos, could both finish among the top runners in this race.
Hinsdale Central has five runners in the last section of this race and deservedly so. There could be a Red Devilette finishing first Friday night. Kayla Byrne surprised some by running 5:08 a month ago at York and could challenge for the win in this race. Grace McCabe and Reilly Revord both ran under 2:20 for 800-meters last week at North Central College. Both have personal bests under five-minutes and thrive in big meets. This could be one of the races that either of these two could win. McKenna Revord and Bella Pisani are also in the championship section. Both could run under 5:10 Friday.
It could be Minooka’s Emily Shelton that could end up the winner. Shelton ran a solo 10:58 last week at North Central College for 3200-meters showing that her fitness level is ready for a fast race at Batavia. Katherine Olsen of DeKalb finished third in last year’s race here and has a 5:01 personal best for the distance. She likes to push the pace. She could make this fast pace and possibly win. Northside Prep’s Sara McCoy and Lincoln-Way Central’s Mackenzie Brownrigg are also running in this section. Both could run under 5:10.
*This is an excerpt. See the full preview of the meet by Mike Newman on RunnerSpace. Videos of the meet will also be posted at that link.