MANLIUS -- Bureau Valley girls' track coach Dale Donner approached a jubilant bunch of Erie-Prophetstown girls, trophy in hand, and said, "Well, we'll loan it to you for another year."|
"It" was the traveling trophy that goes to winner of the Three Rivers Conference girls' track and field meet, held Friday night. The Panthers amassed 164 points to post a comfortable win over runner-up Bureau Valley, which had 138.
Riverdale (86 points), Amboy (69) and Kewanee (54) rounded out the top five in the eight-team meet.
Erie-Prophetstown squeaked by Bureau Valley by two points in the indoor conference meet back in March, so the margin of victory outdoors was a bit of a surprise.
"Coach (Don Robinson) told us the other day it's like two trains coming head-to-head," E-P junior Paige Rus said. "We were really getting ready for this and practicing hard. We just gave it our all, and we're really happy to be bringing home the trophy again."
The Panthers won five events, with Rus leading the way with two individual wins. She took the triple jump at 33-feet, 7.2-inches, then cleared 5-2 to take the high jump. The high jump effort was a best by two inches.
"All year my goal has been 5-2," Rus said. "Tonight, I felt like I had more adrenaline and confidence in myself. I really went for it and surprised myself."
Kali Unruh cleared 8-3 to win the pole vault, while the Panthers also received wins from their 4x400 (4:18.44) and 4x800 (11:16.12) relays.
"For us to compete in a conference meet, we have to pull them out of relays and compete in the individual events," Robinson said. "That's what we have to do against BV because they have some talented individuals. We had to try to score several places in those individual events. We had a lot of very good performances."
Leading the Riverdale effort was Liz Oltman, who swept the hurdles. She took the 100 hurdles in 16.36 seconds, then won the 300 hurdles in 48.16.
"I was extremely happy with the way I ran," Oltman said. "I was just looking to improve my times. I hadn't run hurdles in a while, so I was looking to improve my times, and I did. I'm really happy with that."
Kewanee's Freya Block won the shot put and discus.