Girls’ Track and Field Sends Nine Competitors to State


By Nate Schapmann

The Niles West Girls’ Track Team sent seven competitors to the IHSA Girls’ 3A Track and Field State meet.

Senior Sunshine Simon qualified for the 100 and 300 hurdle races, placing first at the Sectional meet at Loyola last Thursday, in addition to the triple jump, where she was the runner-up.  Her twin sister, senior Sunbright Simon also qualified for the 300 hurdles, coming in second place to her sister at Sectionals.

Other qualifiers included the 1600 meter relay of sophomore Katherine DeLara, freshman Jasmine Williams, and the Simon sisters, sophomore Fiona Kanam and senior Jasmine Townsend for shotput, and senior Vishna Patel for discus.

The meet’s prelims will take place in Charleston, IL on the Eastern Illinois University Track, and the finals will take place on the following day.

Patel said she is excited for the team’s prospects at state.

“We have a very talented team this year and the underclassmen have really been stepping it up, she said. “I’m excited for the future of the team after us seniors leave, and we all look forward to ending our season on a high note.”