Paul poised for more success this season
Updated: May 21, 2012 8:20AM
Senior Lauren Paul took notice when Hinsdale Central’s girls track team won the state championship in 2010.
“As one of the younger athletes then, she sat back and watched the girls and knew she wanted to be a big part of something special,” Hinsdale Central coach Pat Richards said. “She has stepped up in every meet and been a big contributor this year. She’s been one of the top-two finishers in pretty much every meet.”
Paul got a taste of state success last season when she competed on three relays, including teaming with graduated Kayla Schwarz, senior Marisa Bronovicki and junior Laura Culler to place fifth in the 800-meter relay (1:41.82).
She appears poised for even more success this season.
“She is so consistent with what she does at practice every day,” Richards said. “Like most kids, she’s running on beat-up legs, but she is a warrior. She fights through all the tough things that go along with training and manages to find ways to step up and score big points for us on Saturdays. She has an excellent attitude and cares more about the outcome of the team and program than about herself. She’s been with me four years now and it’s her turn to step up and shine.”
Paul helped Hinsdale Central capture its own Devilette Invitational Saturday.
The Red Devils finished with 114 points to edge Plainfield North (108) for the title. Hinsdale South (89) was third.
Paul took first in the 400 (1:00.41), while freshman Sarah Brennan won the 1600 (5:23.74) and Liz Dusky got first in the discus (102-7).
“It was good for us mentally to get ourselves back up to where we have the ability to be,” Richards said. “I feel like we’re getting better and it was good for us to be at the top, which we haven’t been in a while. We’re still missing some kids that have the ability to help, but I feel like we’re making strides in the right direction.”