Aaliyah Brown's bid to sweep the sprint events for the second year in a row was denied Saturday during the finals of the Class 3A state track and field meet at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.
But only because the Lincoln-Way East junior fell just short in one of the fastest races in IHSA history.
Waubonsie Valley senior Morolake Akinosun nipped Brown to win the 100-meter dash in recordy-tying time of 11.41 seconds. Akinosun's mark equaled the previous best set by Morgan Park's Alexandria Anderson in 2004.
Brown placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.67.
She later won the 200-meter dash—and topped Akinsun in doing so—with a time of 24.18. The victory was Brown's third in the last two seasons at the IHSA state meet. She won both the 100 and 200 in 2011.
Brown also ran legs on Lincoln-Way East's second-place 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. She led the Griffins to a fourth-place finish in the team standings with 35.5 points. Edwardsville won the Class 3A state title with 51 points.
Sydney Barrera, Maria Perozzi and Dana O'Grady joined Brown in the 4x100 relay. The four were clocked in 47.66.
In the 4x400, O'Grady, Perozzi, Nicole Nepote and Brown were timed in 3:52.45.
Lincoln-Way East also picked up points from freshman Julia Junkroski. She tied for seventh in the high jump (5-3) and placed 12th in the pole vault (11-3).