Dual Meet Record

1975 - 2015

251 - 63  (.799)

Team Championships

Conference Sectional

Richwoods Records

Entering 2016 Season

4x800 9:45.5 Lynch, Ivory, Wood, Robertson '90
4x100 :48.3 Detra, Marks, C. Nash, Yates '13
3200 10:51.7 Amy Guard '00
100H :14.2 Brenna Detra '13
100 :11.8 Alisha Smith '04
800 2:15.5 Hallema Ivory '91
4x200 1:42.6 Johnson, Mitchell, Ross, Thomas '08
400 :56.3 Brenna Detra '13
300H :42.6 Brenna Detra '13
1600 5:09.0 Amy Guard '00
200 :24.2 Brenna Detra '12
4x400 4:00.9 Jackson, Lynch, Huffman, Ivory '90
SP 40'10¼" Jewel Sanders '06
Disc 148' 7" Jewel Sanders '06
LJ 19' 0" Brenna Detra '13
TJ 38' 5" Donielle Ross '08
HJ 5' 7" Alex Starks '07
PV 8' 8" Natalie Robbins '09

2016 IHSA Class AA

Qualifying Standards

4x800 9:52.80
4x100 :50.40
3200 11:37.20
100 H :15.90
100 :12.80
800 2:23.30
4x200 1:47.50
400 1:00.00
300 H :47.70
1600 5:20.90
200 :26.30
4x400 4:09.10
Shot Put 37' 11"
Discus 112' 2"
 Long Jump 16' 11.5"
Triple Jump 34' 9"
High Jump 5' 1"
 Pole Vault 9' 7"


Detra Named PJS Track Athlete of Year

 By JANE MILLER (jmiller@pjstar.com)


She’s determined, focused and fast.

Richwoods sophomore Brenna Detra set the bar high for the sprinters and hurdlers trying to keep up with her this season, and that’s why she is the 2011 Journal Star Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Detra was expected to be among the state’s leaders in hurdles. She finished second in the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles as a freshman and was fourth in the 100 hurdles.

Brenna Detra All StateBut her sprint times improved dramatically as well, especially her 400-meter dash, where her season-best time of :56.5 was the best in the area by 1.4 seconds and would have placed third at the state meet had she run it there.  She also was the JS Honor Roll leader by 1.1 seconds in the 200, with a best time of :24.6.

“That’s all I wanted to do was to improve,” Detra said. “It’s harder for girls to improve over the years, and I knew this was a make it or break it year.”  

But her focus was on the hurdles, especially the 300s.

“I knew Amber Farrell was coming back and I really had to work on my hurdle races,’’ Detra said about the 2010 2A champion, from Aurora Illinois Math and Science Academy. All I wanted to do was beat her.”
Detra and Richwoods hurdles coach Don Glover began early this season to get Detra comfortable with going over the hurdles with either leg.

“It was so hard,” Detra said. “It took a while because I was so scared I was going to fall over but after a while I got used to it. When I came down to state, I felt like it was natural, which was the goal all the time.”
Detra finished second again at the state meet in the 100s at state while Farrell fell in the middle of the race. But the two faced off again in the 300s.  

“When I got over the last hurdle, it was a dead sprint,’’ Detra said. “I saw her falling at the finish and I turned around and my name was first with my time.”

Detra was a state champion. She had made it in her make-it-or-break-it year.  

“Coach Glover definitely made me a hurdler,” she said. “I never would have done anything at state with out him.” 


Star of the Palatine Show

 Brenna By The Numbers

Catching Up

Certainly, Brenna Detra made a name for herself locally last year as a freshman. But she made a statewide statement on April 30 this year at the Palatine Relays.  

Detra was running the 300-meter hurdles, 200 and 400 and doing the long jump at that meet.  

“(My coaches) made it very clear that I was going there with a mission,” said Detra. “And I knew what I had to do and I was so nervous. I had never run the 400 in a big meet like that and in the 300 hurdles running against Sarah Gorden (of Hoffman Estates Conant) who was the defending champion in Class 3A (sic).”

The 300s were first. Gorden got a good start, Detra said, but Detra’s recent ability to go over the hurdles with either leg helped shoot her to the lead.  

“I pulled away from her on the straight after the last hurdle and ran through the line,” Detra said. “And then they said, ‘Did you see your time?’”  

It was 43.3 seconds, the fastest time in the state at the point of the season.  

“That was amazing.” she said. "I was so shocked."

She went on to win the 400 in :56.5, which tied the Richwood school record, and the 200 in :24.9 and had the best long jump effort at 17-1.

Detra was named Athlete of the Meet in a mostly Class 3A field. (The Knights have had 2 previous competitors named sprinter Tracy Smith in 1993 and thrower Jewel Sanders in 2006.)  

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Brenna Detra PJS Track Athlete of 2011

100-meter dash: 12.4 (third in the area)

200-meter dash: 24.6 (first in the area)

400-meter dash: 56.5 (first in the area)

100-meter hurdles: 14.6 (first in the area by 1.6 seconds)

300-meter hurdles: 42.8 (first in the area by 4.6 seconds)

Long jump: 17-9 (third in the area)

State medals:
300 hurdles (first,  :43.10),
100 hurdles (second, :14.85)
long jump (fifth, 17-9),
200 (seventh, :25.36)

He said it:
“She ran a record time in almost every event she ran for us this year. She literally can do anything. I'm sure she could triple jump if we’d ever let her.”
Richwoods coach Shad Hickman

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ATHLETIC HONORS: All-state and all-conference, MVP of Palatine Relays

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS: Lamp of Learning, enriched classes

OTHER SPORTS: Basketball, volleyball

FAMILY: Mom Andrea, brother Devin (4), sister Brylie (2)

PETS: Dog, Shylo

BEST RACE OF THE YEAR: Class 2A state 300 hurdles, :43.1 FAT, :42.9 hand time

HARDEST RACE OF THE YEAR: 300 hurdles at Palatine, competing against Class 3A (sic) state champion Sarah Gorden (Hoffman Estates Conant). I was nervous.  

FAVORITE TRACK: The Blue One (Eastern Illinois’ O’Brien Field, home of the state meet) and Richwoods

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ON PIZZA? Buffalo chicken

FAVORITE FOOD: Hot wings and pasta


BEST SPORTS MOMENT: After winning the 300s at state

BIGGEST INSPIRATION: My mom, without her I wouldn’t be able to do anything

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Never give up, practice makes perfect

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