SJO girls place second in inaugural Illini Prairie Conference track and field meet; SJO boys finish sixth overall

The inaugural Illini Prairie Conference track and field meet was held on Tuesday at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, and the Spartans did very well on both sides.  The girls finished second, scoring 106.5 points, well behind first-place Monticello, who amassed 168 points.  The boys finished a little further down in the final standings, ending up sixth overall with 70 points, with Unity winning the boys’ meet.

There were many SJO girls who finished in the top six of their respective events, with a pair of Spartans placing in the 100 meters.  Abbey Mizer finished fourth with a time of 13.01, while Maclayne Taylor was fifth in 13.02.  In the 400 meters, Ana Tranel finished sixth with a time of 1:05.74, while in the 800 meters, Sam Mabry crossed the finish line in third, recording a time of 2:31.94. 

Cassidy Bagby completed the long-distance double, placing seventh in the 1600 meters (5:53.98), and finished fifth in the 3200 meters (12:20.89).  Hannah Rajlich also ran the 3200 meters, and finished third in a time of 12:04.57. 

In the 100-meter hurdles, the duo of Zea Maroon and Rylee Sjuts both earned points for the Spartans, with Maroon finishing fifth in 16.68, while Sjuts came in sixth with a time of 17.23.  The pair also placed in the 300-meter hurdles as well, with Maroon finishing third in 48.54, while Sjuts was fourth in 50.44.

The relays continue to be a staple for the SJO girls, and the 4 x 100 relay team of Mizer, Hailey Birt, Taylor and Reagan Crippen finished second with a time of 51.23, while the same team of four in the 4 x 200, was disqualified.  The 4 x 400 relay team, consisting of Birt, Maroon, Sjuts and Mizer, won their race with a time of 4:13.31, and by winning the race, has the conference record for the event.  The 4 x 800 -meter relay team of Maroon, Danie Kelso, Ally Monk and Mabry, placed third with a time of 10:38.08. 

The field events were also successful for the SJO girls, with Haley Griebat finishing tied for third with a jump of 5 feet even, while in the long jump, freshman Atleigh Hamilton finished second with a leap of 16’10.5”.  Hamilton also placed sixth in the triple jump with a jump of 32 feet even.  In the shot put, Keely McCorkle finished fourth with a throw of 31’2.5”, while in the discus, a pair of SJO girls finished in the top four.  Payton Vallee finished second with a toss of 106’3”, while Sarah Chahine placed fourth with a heave of 103 feet even. 

On the boys’ side, they had several athletes that finished in the top six as well, and leading the way was Braden Pridemore with a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters in a time of 2:05.83.  Pridemore also finished fourth in the 1600 meters, coming in with a time of 4:42.70.  Wyatt Wolfersberger placed second in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:11.46, and Isiah McCune finished fourth in the same race, posting a time of 10:30. 

Riley Baker posted another strong finish in the 300-meter hurdles, placing second with a time of 39.66, and all four relay teams also placed in the top five of their respective races. 

The 4 x 100 relay, comprised of Dwight Colvin, Joel Branson, Nathan Emmert and Baker, finished third with a time of 44.77, while the 4 x 200, with Lane Gaskin replacing Baker in the lineup, finished fourth with a time of 1:35.80.  The 4 x 400 relay team of Brady Buss, Kaleb Harshbarger, Baker and Branson placed second, crossing the finish line in 3:33.65, and finally, in the 4 x 800 meters, the quartet of Eric Poe, Brandon Mattsey, Mitchell Thompsen and Lukas Hutcherson finished fifth with a time of 9:09.96.

Finally, a couple of SJO athletes fared well in the field events, as Nolan Peacock finished third in the pole vault with a final mark of 11’6”, and in the discus, freshman Hayden Knott earned a fifth-place finish, throwing the disc 126 feet even. 

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