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Franseen Finishes 4th in 1600m, All-State Effort

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13254825_870857106369803_8472887100198228664_oConcluding the RCSTF girls track season, freshman Madison Franseen took fourth place in the IHSA 1A 1600m race held at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday May 21. Franseen advanced to the finals heat seeded in the 10th position in the field of 12 athletes.

After a conservative and smart start for the opening half mile, Franseen powered by over half of the field on the backstretch of the third lap. Moving from 12th to sixth, she continued to work her way forward to the fourth position. Franseen was closely out-kicked by Claudia Magnussen from Pana in the final stretch, but managed to hold off agressive finishes from Daly Galloway from Dwight in fifth place and Isabella Wolke from Arlington Heights in sixth place. The day went to Anna Sophia Keller from Effingham, followed by Maria Brauer from Petersburg PORTA.

13221266_869392699849577_7361671933305943695_oFranseen came into the 1600m final with one other race under her belt from Thursday prelims. The 4x800m relay consisting of Franseen, senior captain Kate Smith, senior captain Elise Combs, and sophomore Andrea Zwointzer ran a season best of 10:11.73. This effort placed them 17th place, five spots from advancing. The highlight of the relay was Smith’s performance in the second leg of the relay where she was able to catch, overtake, and hold off the eventual heat winners from Knoxville, all while running a four second personal best. Smith’s split of 2:27 is one of the fastest in school history and was the top time for the relay.

13217480_869396853182495_4584784374607650214_oSophomore captain Taylor Gorski also competed in the Thursday finals in the 100m high hurdles. After an interesting decision by meet officials to run the race into the wind, Gorski finished sixth in her heat with the time of 17.44. Gorski carries on the RCSTF program’s rich history of strong female hurdlers coached by Kelly McKibben; be sure to watch for her next season!

The final competitor on the day was the sole field qualifier, Sydney Halversen in the high jump. Halversen started the day by clearing opening height, also her personal best, at 4′ 11″. She barely missed clearing 5′ 1″ on her next attempt, and ended the day with the personal best matching effort. Halversen was the only freshman from the RCSTF team to qualify for the state meet, and looks to repeat the process over the next few years.13268456_869394549849392_3741796962011203905_o

Congratulations to all qualifiers, alternates, and to the entire RCSTF girls team for their outstanding efforts all season.

Not ready to be done with track quite yet? Be sure to follow the RCSTF boys after their sectional meet victory and multiple qualifiers on Thursday May 26 and Saturday May 28 as they compete at the boys 1A State Meet.