By DINO MACRO dmacro@pioneerlocal.com

TRACK -- Even though Carolina Carmichael didn't smash any personal records, she achieved her most important goal: moving on to nationals.

Carmichael, a Lake Forest resident, punched her ticket to the USATF Junior Nationals in three events during last weekend's Region 7 test in Bloomington. She advanced by winning pole vault (11-0), taking second in 100-meter hurdles (15.4) and third in long jump (15-10 1/2).

It wasn't my best day, said Carmichael, who competes in Intermediate Girls division. But to be in the top three (in 3 events), I'm good with that.

The rising Lake Forest High School junior competes with the Waukegan Invaders. She will head to California for the nationals later this month.

Three other Lake Forest residents qualified for nationals as well. Ofelia Carmichael, who is one year older than her sister Carolina, qualified by taking second in pole vault (10-0) and third in the heptathlon (young women's division).

Ofelia had a stress fracture in her back (last summer), so she wasn't able to compete (in regionals), Carolina noted. This year, she's healthy and she's doing very well.

The other national qualifiers from LF were Taylor Click (1st in young men 800, 1:57.0) and Brad Stambolic (3rd in intermediate boys 800).