May 13, 2017

Freaking fast Frankie Izard leads SJO to sectional title

She runs like lightning. Blink and she's over there. Blink again and she gone. If Barry Allen was indeed a real life, oxygen breathing high school student right now, St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard would be his dream date for prom.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard strains to pull ahead of Camp Point Central's Zakila Wiskirchen and Chicago Christian's Rylei Jackson during the finals heat of the 100-Meter Dash during the 2016 IHSA Girls State Track Finals. Izard finished 7th in the race with a time of 12.64. The Spartan junior will return to state next weekend with another chance to medal in the event. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

Izard, the Spartans' marquee sprinter use to be fast. Now, she is even faster. Taking the top spots in both sprint events at the St. Joseph-Ogden Class 1A sectional and grabbing another first place title with the programs 4x100 relay squad, the junior led the Spartans to this season's sectional title.

What a difference a year makes. Having shaved more than .15 second off her 2016 state qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, she is even more of blur on the track turning in a 12.56, just .13 off last year's top mark off 12.43.

In the 200-meter event, she beat teammate Maclayne Taylor over the finish line by hair with a time of 26.62. Taylor, on her hip, stopped the clock at 26.69.

Later, Izard once again teamed up with Abbey Mizer and Zea Maroon, from last year's state 4x100 title squad, along with newcomer Taylor Maclayne to capture her third gold medal with a time of 49.9.

SJO also enjoy first place finishes in both hurdles races. 100-meter hurdle specialist Park Francisco, who finished fourth in her previous state appearance, won the sectional race crossing the finish line at 15.36. Maroon took first in the 300m hurdles ahead of Francisco and Bismarck-Henning's Emily Meidel.

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