The girls track team at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest took first place in the Lutheran Sports Association’s state track meet at Concordia University on May 18 and 19. Led by 8th grader Zawadi Brown, the Grace girls finished with 90 points, 34 points ahead of their closest competitor. The meet included teams from 57 Lutheran schools throughout the state of Illinois.
Zawadi, who will attend Fenwick High School in the fall, collected four blue ribbons at the meet, taking first place in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races and and in the 4x400 relay. Grace girls placed second in both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. Seventh grader Aaliyah Thurman took first in the long jump; 7th grader Anna Scholtens took sixth place in the 1600 meter race.
Eighth grader Owen Augustine finished first in the boys 1600 meter race, setting a new Grace School record. The boys team finished 8th overall.
More than 80 Grace Lutheran students in grades 3 though 8 competed in track and field this spring, inspired by the unflagging encouragement of Coach Rich Brooks, assisted by junior high teacher Brian Schultz and Glen Steiner.