Unified Track Team

At the June Board of Education meeting, Board members recognized several track athletes who had reached the pinnacle of athleticism--the State tournament!

Pictured above are some members of the Plano School District Unified Track and Field Team that recently placed 1st in the State of Illinois in the first IHSA sanctioned meet.  Unified Track and Field is one of 13 Special Olympics Illinois state sports competitions. It is a team event where individuals compete and and earn points towards a team total, individual awards are not given.  A team is comprised of equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners with a maximum roster size of 12.

Also recognized was Johnny Espino, who represented Plano Middle School at the IESA Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Meet held in Peoria.  Johnny placed 4th in the State in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.96 and 12th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.78.  Johnny is pictured with Superintendent Tony Baker and Middle School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Dan Solecki.

High School junior Armoney Clay placed first in the 100-meter dash at IHSA Sectional Track Meet held at Geneseo High School.  She went on to place 16th in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.48, at the IHSA Class 2A Girls State Track Meet held at Eastern Illinois University. 

Sasha Helfgott-Waters, a junior at Plano High School, placed second in the pole vault at the Sectional Track Meet.  She advanced to the IHSA Class 2A State Track Meet and placed 11th with a vault of 3.05m (10 feet).  Armoney and Sasha are pictured with Superintendent Tony Baker and Head Girls Track Coach Rick Ponx.

Congratulations to these talented track athletes and best wishes for continued success!