The Rockford region had a big day on Eastern Illinois' big blue track for the 2017 IHSA girls track and field state championships, boasting multiple champions and medalists across various events.
Lutheran senior Courtney Sockwell successfully defended her crown as 1-A's fastest woman, winning the 100m and 200m dashes for the second straight year. She clocked a 11.95 in the 100, and a 25.33 in the 200 to double up in golds again for the Lady Crusaders.
Another 1-A state champion is coming back to Rockford - Keith Country Day's Paige Yoder is the new long jump state champion in her class.
Boylan junior Grace McLaughlin is 2-A's queen of distance running, winning first place in the 1600m and 3200m runs. She blew away the field with a 10:40.45 in the 3200, winning by more than 29 seconds. Her 5:02.43 in the 1600 bested fellow Lady Titan Delaney Appino's 5:03.63 as Boylan placed gold and silver in that event.
Belvidere North's 4x800m relay team of Sabrina Elder, Kayla McGuire, Madison Diercks, and Jenna Lutzow captured the 3-A state title in that event with a new state record of 9:12.12, beating the old record by five seconds.
Here are other winners and medalists, organized by class.
-Emily Offenheiser (Stockton) - 4th, Shot Put & Discus
-Carmen DeVries (Lena-Winslow) - 3rd, Triple Jump
-Winnebago - 7th, 4x100m Relay
-Tayla Schwarz (Dixon) - 1st, Discus; 3rd, Shot Put
-Bridget Bishop (Boylan) - 4th, Shot Put
-Rochelle - 3rd, 4x400m Relay
-DeKalb - 5th, 4x100m & 4x200m Relays