Feature stories showcasing the top boys and girls players in each combine category from the PepsiCo Showdown College Showcase will run through the end of April. The complete combine results sheet will be released in mid April prior to the kickoff of the 2018 outdoor recruiting season.
North Shore Country Day sophomore Allie Charnas had no idea what to expect heading into the combine portion of the PepsiCo Showdown College Showcase.
“I’d never been to anything like that before in my life,” Charnas said. “I didn’t really know how to prepare for it, but I thought it was mostly mental. I just had to go into it knowing I could perform at a high level and having that confidence.”
Charnas had good reason to be confident. She completed the 30-yard dash in 4.05 seconds, the top girls time among the hundreds who competed.
“I was definitely never expecting that,” said Charnas, upon learning she had the best time for any girls player. “It was my first time even running a 30. It’s really exciting to have the best time.”
Finishing just behind Charnas in the girls 30-yard dash were Wauconda senior Kayla Wisniewski (4.08), Lockport sophomore Lauren Gallagher (4.11) and Bolingbrook sophomore Abigail Dellamorte (4.14).
Glenbard South sophomore Erin Haslett and Young senior Jannah Mosi tied for fifth at 4.15.
Charnas, who plays club soccer for the Wilmette Wings, says speed is one of her best assets on the field.
“When I was younger, I was really small,” Charnas said. “I’m still a smaller player, so speed helps a lot.
“I never thought of myself as one of the fastest players when I was really young, but it started to develop in middle school. In high school, it’s become one of my greatest qualities.”
Charnas feels the ability to speed past defenders is essential for those wishing to become elite offensive players.
“You can have all the technical skills, but if you don’t have speed it might not matter,” Charnas said. “Defenders will just stop you. Having that speed makes you so much more dangerous.”
Charnas noted that attending the PepsiCo Showdown College Showcase was a valuable experience, one that boosted her self-esteem.
“It was great being able to compete with girls from all over the state who all want to play college soccer,” Charnas said. “Going out there, doing that and performing well helped make me confident that I can play college soccer.
“It was a lot of fun, too. I’d definitely do it again next time.”
Below is the list of top 30-yard dash girls finishers separated by class from the 2017-2018 high school testing combine apart of the PepsiCo Showdown College Showcase at The Max in McCook:
1. Kayla Wisniewski, Wauconda, 4.08; 2. Jannah Mosi, Young, 4.15; 3. Jocelyn Esquivel, Plainfield South, 4.23.
1. Grace Dunaway, Lane Tech, 4.17; T-2. Alexus Garbacz, North Boone, 4.27; T-2. Emily Weil, North Shore Country Day, 4.27.
1. Allie Charnas, North Shore Country Day, 4.05; 2. Lauren Gallagher, Lockport, 4.11; 3. Abigail Dellamorte, Bolingbrook, 4.14.
1. Lindsay Ringbloom, Downers Grove North, 4.21; 2. Callie Birman, Deerfield, 4.34; 3. Megan Galante, St. Charles East, 4.44.
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