SHERRARD -- For Rebekah Wollenburg, Friday's Sherrard Tiger Relays provided her with the platform for the ideal senior night celebration.|
Sprinting to first place in the 100 with a time of 12.8 seconds, Wollenburg also earned a pair of gold medals with Sherrard's 4x200 and sprint medley relays to help the Tigers nip Kewanee 97-95 for first place, with third-place Monmouth-Roseville only five points behind the hosts.
"I'm so glad I got this opportunity,'' said Wollenburg. "I'm happy with all of my races, although we had a little trouble in the 4x100 (relay). Overall, we did very well and had girls step up as needed. This gets us very prepared and ready for conference (next Friday), and then sectionals the week after that.''
Wins by Skye Corken in the 3200 (12:22.21), Danielle Crawley in the long jump (16-6 1/4) and Chelsea Munday in the pole vault (9-0) also helped the Tigers' cause, with Munday and Crawley joining Wollenburg and Mallory Meyers on the 4x200 relay team and Crawley also anchoring the sprint medley relay.
"I'm proud of all of our girls,'' said Wollenburg. "We've trained very hard and worked all year for this. Coach V (Todd Volkert) has done a lot for us. We're such a close-knit team, and I'm glad we pulled together like we did.''
In the boys' competition, Monmouth-Roseville also won in close fashion, tallying 118 points to beat runner-up Alleman by five as junior standout Martel Hunter swept the 100 and 400. His time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 matched a meet record as he edged out Knoxville's Michael Randall.
"He's a competitor, and I'm a competitor,'' said Hunter, who also took the long jump to start his triple-gold evening. "I like running against him. He'll push me to my limits, which I like. It makes me better.''
Teammate Devin Clark contributed to the Titans' winning 4x800 relay in addition to capturing the 800 with a 2:03.59 clocking. Mon-Rose also swept the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, its win in the latter event securing the team title.
Other highlights: In the girls' competition, Kewanee's Freya Block also made a clean sweep in the weights, winning the shot put (39-0 1/2) and discus (131-7). Teammate Raeshonda Chandler won the high jump (4-10).
Rockridge junior standout Devin Hasson scored a pair of gold medals -- leading off the Rockets' winning 4x100 relay and winning the 100 high hurdles (15.8 seconds). Rockridge also struck gold in the frosh-soph 4x100 relay event.
Alleman had a pair of winners in Isabel Watts (triple jump) and Sallie Doak (1600). Monmouth-Roseville's Dyesha Taylor won the 400 (1:03.13) and anchored the Titans' winning 4x800 relay and contributing to their first-place 4x400 relay. Mercer County's lone gold medalist was Sydney Brokaw in the 800.
On the boys' side, the Pioneers got a big day from thrower Scott Schilb, who followed up his winning throw of 46 feet in the shot put with a meet-record heave of 172-5 in the discus. Teammates Zach Hird and Ethan Adlfinger scored gold in the 3200 and 1600, respectively, while the Pioneers' 4x200 sprint medley relay also prevailed.
"I'm definitely throwing a lot better than I was at this time last year,'' said Schilb, who matched a personal best in the discus. "This is our first meet in two weeks, so we're excited to just get out and compete.''
Mercer County's Payton Holmes coupled his win in the 110 high hurdles (14.7) with his leg on the Golden Eagles' winning 4x100 relay. Rockridge's Darren Southwell cleared 6-feet to win the high jump. Sherrard's Jacob Gross cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault. Kewanee's sole win came from its frosh-soph 4x100 relay.