GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: As the Class 3A state series approaches, the Ramblers continue to experiment with their lineup. At Hinsdale Central’s invitational Saturday, Loyola head coach ChrisJon Simon said the focus was putting together relay teams.

Simon found success in both the 4×200-meter and 4-x400-meter relay teams. 

Seniors Arinna Awdisho, Drea Barone, Addison Bendery and Anne Santangelo finished first in the 4×200 in 1 minute, 47.50 seconds. Awdisho, Barone, Bendery joined sophomore Lizzie Quackenbush on the 4×400 that took second in 4:06.98. 

“Those are times we wanted to see,” Simon said. “We are tinkering and trying to make decisions for sectionals. We are getting a feel for things, but we know we will have some tough choices to make.”

Another highlight, according to Simon, was junior Jenna Rekoske finishing fourth in the 1,600 (5:23.26). 

“She was solid and very competitive,” Simon said. 

Loyola’s last full-field invitational is April 27 at New Trier. The Ramblers host the GCAC meet May 4 before hosting a sectional May 9. 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL: At the start of the season, senior Jack Howard wasn’t sure if he wanted to play volleyball in college. But he changed his mind and will walk on at Penn State University, according to Loyola head coach Lionel Ebeling. 

A 6-foot-5 outside hitter, Howard is a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection. He was named MVP at Vernon Hills’ invitational in March. 

One of his goals before he graduates is to help the Ramblers to their first conference championship since 2015. Loyola, which is second in the Catholic Blue at 2-1, hosts Brother Rice today. The Ramblers play league-leading St. Rita, undefeated in the conference, at home May 7.