Stateline Is Loaded With 1A Girls Track Talent
By Al Zipsie
Plenty of local girls advanced to this weekends 1A track meet in Charleston.
Host Manlius Valley won their own Sectional with 66 points. Milledgeville who won the NUIC meet last week was second only two points off and Amboy, also of the NUIC was third with 62 points.
The star of the meet was Milledgeville's Rebecca Waite who earned state berths in all four of her events. She took three first in the 100 (12.51), 200 (25.97) and 400 (59.21). She also advanced in the long jump (16'3), she finished seventh, but met the state standard to qualify.
Katie Krogman made the state standard in the discus. The 800 and 1600 meter relay teams also finished second to make state.
Amboy's Katelynn Parkhurst won the long jump 17'2. Also making State were Ashley Althaus in the 400 and all four relay teams.
At the Oregon Sectional, Winnebago won the title with Oregon second, Dakota third and Lena-Winslow fourth.
Winnebago advanced in three relays, with a first in the 400 and 800 and second in the 1600. Also advancing to State for Winnebago were Cameryn Baldwin (11'1) winning the pole vault.Grace Baldwin in the 400 meters and pole vault. Sam Heavlin second in the 300 hurdles and Kiah Garrigan third in the shot put meeting the state standard.
Lena-Winslow had an outstanding effort from Carmen DeVries. Despite in only her second meet back after an injury. She made state in three events. She did not have her bests, but stepped up to win the triple jump and 400 meters and also advanced with third making the state standard in the long jump.
Dakota's Ellie Packer and Miranda Goeke both qualified for State in three events. Packer was second in the pole vault, 9'7. Miranda Goeke took the 800 in 2:30.61. Both the 1600 and 3200 teams were made up of Packer, Goeke, Hannah Ryan and Peyton Hansen.
Stockton/Warren's Becky Offenhesier won both the shot put (42'4 1/4 and the discus 137'10.
The defensing state champion in both the 100 and 200 Courtney Sockwell of Rockford Lutheran made state, but finished second in both events, upset by Bella Uscila of Elgin St. Edward. It sets up what should be an exciting 100 and 200 at State with Uscilla, Sockwell and Waite. The 400 should be a great matchup of the NUIC with Waite and DeVries hoping for a State title.
Keith Country Day's Paige Yoder won the long jump with a leap of 17'03. For Lutheran, in addition to Sockwell, also making state was the second place 400 meter relay team anchored by Sockwell. And Anna Wichman second in the long jump.
Oregon had a double champion in both hurdle events in Abigal Hopkins. Also getting a state berth were Gylian Finch in the triple jump, Mayra Nava-Mayetl in the 3200 and Ellen Reckamp in the discus.
Pecatonica/Durand qualified the 80 meter relay team and Hannah Proctor in the high jump.
Pearl City got a pair of second places from Gwen Heimerdinger in the shot put and discus and Brooke Haas who won the high jump.
Rockford Christian advanced in the 3200 meter relay and Madison Franseen who won the 1600 meters in 5:36.48. Rockford Christian Life's Sierra Nelson was second in the 800.