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Track and Field: Fenwick’s Grace Cronin has record-breaking day at Benet Midweek Invitational

<p>In this photo from 2013, Fenwick's <a id=Grace Cronin running the anchor leg of the 4x400 Meter Relay during Friday's IHSA state tournament preliminaries. | Sun-Times Media File 

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In this photo from 2013, Fenwick's Grace Cronin running the anchor leg of the 4x400 Meter Relay during Friday's IHSA state tournament preliminaries. | Sun-Times Media File 

Normally, competition and ideal conditions are contributors to a record-breaking performance. Grace Cronin needed neither Wednesday.

The Fenwick sophomore broke one meet record at the 21st Benet Midweek Invitational, tied another and nearly matched a third on a cool, windy late afternoon in Lisle. Cronin blew away the field in the 100-meter high hurdles, her time of 15.45 topping the previous mark of 15.6. It was also Cronin’s personal record by .21.

“I think I did well. I definitely wanted to improve for future races coming up,” Cronin said, “but I’m proud.”

Cronin cleared 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump, matching the school record she set earlier this spring and the Benet meet record. Later, virtually running by herself, Cronin took the 300 hurdles in 45.51 seconds. It fell .11 seconds short of the meet mark set by former Benet standout McKinzie Schultz in 2009, but the time did put Cronin fourth in the Class 3A rankings according to DyeStatIl.com. 

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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