Rocky's Thompson continues undefeated Shipley run

Posted Online: March 30, 2013, 8:34 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz,
In her career, Rock Island junior sprinter Mystique Thompson has yet to lose a race on the Browning Field track in Moline.

Given this information, she sounded surprised.

What was not shocking is how Thompson performed at the Shipley Invitational on Saturday. For a third consecutive season, she won four races at the meet as the Rocks finished second in the eight-team A-B-C event. Thompson coasted to the A-Flight 100- and 200-meter titles, plus ran the lead leg on the meet-winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Twelve times Thompson has taken the blocks at Browning Field in her career. Each has ended in a win.

Not a bad streak.

"I really haven't thought about it," Thompson said. "I just come out to compete my hardest."

For the first time in three Shipley appearances, she raced in two open and relay events. The previous two seasons had Thompson running the 400 instead of the 4x200.

She had no issues in the open races, winning the 200 in 26.67 seconds after she beat the 100 field with a 12.71. About the only thing that did not go right for Thompson on the day was the 100, which produced a time that was not immediately embraced.

"I wanted to break my record," said Thompson, who set the meet record with a 12.08 two years ago. "There's always next year for me."

Thompson will have to settle for a different record.

The 4x200 quartet of Thompson, LaCresha Linton, Olivia Brooks and Cynthia Myers-Miles ran a meet-record 1:45.57. A year earlier, the Rocks set a record in 1:47.0.

"Anytime you break a record, it's fun and exciting," Rocky coach Michelle Lillis said. "They had great chemistry. ... We were looking to have a decent race. It was a nice surprise."

Thompson, Brooks and Linton teamed with Troy Jackson to win the 4x100 in 48.82, exactly four seconds ahead of the runner-up.

"For this being our second outdoor meet, we wanted to get a specific time," Jackson said. "The wind on the back curve was crazy strong, so we knew we weren't going to break records. We needed a starting point since last week (at the Southwestern Illinois Relays) our 4-by-1 got messed up."

Snagging 291 points to finish 19 behind first-place Wheaton Warrenville South, the Rocks picked up their other A-Flight win from Chelsey Temple (34-feet-9) in the triple jump.

Rocky swept the 100, 200 and triple jump titles, plus won B- and C-Flight titles in the 400, 300 hurdles and long jump.

"I thought they competed well," Lillis said. "There were very few things that could have been different. The girls performed where I'd like them to be right now."

Lowery wins long jump: ShaTavia Lowery scored United Township's only A-Flight title. The sophomore cleared 16-1 to win the long jump.

"I feel pretty good about it because I didn't think I'd do that well," Lowery said. "It was a pretty good jump. There were ones I did better on, but I scratched."

Moline, which scored 249 points to finish third, had sophomore Keely Glenn (36-2) win the A-Flight shot put.

UT (112 points) was sixth and Alleman (67) took seventh.


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