Girls track and field dashes through their season

Girls track and field begins the season strong with a committed athlete attending an ivy league.


Photo provided by Coach Murphy

Julia Reglewski performing a discus throw. She set a new record with a throw of 138 feet and 2 inches.

Maia AlBarrak & Angelina Montes, Sports & Opinion Editor & Staff Reporter

The Grayslake Central girls varsity track and field team kicked off their season by placing 2nd in their first meet on April 16. Senior thrower Julia Reglewski set two new records at their first meet, one for shot put with a throw of 44 feet 7 inches and one for disc with a throw of 138 feet and 2 inches. The girls track team took first at Central’s Ram invite, first, at Grayslake North, as well as first at Antioch as of May 20. 

These achievements were led by hard work and enjoyment. Instead of solely focusing on winning, the team took this time to enjoy and cherish their season. Varsity girls track and field head coach Shawn Murphy explained, “The team is crushing it. It’s more because like, we’re not really focused on the goals of winning a meet. It’s just trying to go out and be our best and have some fun and it’s, it’s been good.” 

The athletes are not only showing off their athletic work but also their chemistry as a team. Collaboration and communication are key components for a successful team and season. The girls track and field has now become a family, as explained by Murphy, “just overall just being able to watch the growth of the girls. It’s just, it’s amazing what our students can do, and they’re doing really well and then on top of that, you throw in mixing and trying to create a family and you just try to learn so much about each other and get involved in each other’s lives and, and just really care for each other, like that’s that’s what I just love.”

The athletes are hoping to take their chemistry and skills to state this year. Conference will start May 27, and the week following will be sectionals. If the girls place, they will be able to qualify for state which will be June 12. 

With Reglewski’s new records and outstanding work, she committed to continue her athletic path into college. Reglewski is going D1 and is attending an ivy league school, Dartmouth University, in the fall. 

Many have expressed their proudness of Reglewski accomplishments including her coach. Murphy proudly stated, “Julia is an amazing young student-athlete who brought so much to our track… I have no doubt that she’s going to have great success at Dartmouth, both as an athlete and as a student.”