Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 9:39 pm
Sister sweep helps E-P win Fulton Invitational title
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By Daniel Makarewicz, email@example.com
FULTON -- Nearing a fourth decade in coaching, Don Robinson rarely experiences a never-seen-that-before moment.
A first came on Tuesday night.
With sisters Paige and Peyton Rus sweeping the jumps during the Fulton Invitational, Robinson, the Erie-Prophetstown girls' track and field coach, saw something new. Witnessing Peyton winning the long jump and Paige claiming the high jump and setting a new meet record in the triple jump was one of the few moments the 36-year veteran truly enjoyed because of its rarity.
"It was pretty special," said Robinson, whose team won the 11-team meet for the second time in three years with 150.5 points. "They have a lot of talent, but they work hard. It's a combination of talent and working hard."
Competing in the jumps together for the first time in the outdoor season, Paige, a senior and returning state medalist, set the standard by clearing a personal-best 35-feet, 7.5-inches in the triple jump. After watching her sister break a five-year-old meet record, Peyton, a freshman who has been limited by a hamstring injury, soared 16-9.5 in the long jump.
The sweep was complete when Paige cleared 5-feet to win the high jump.
"I didn't think about" the sweep, Paige said. "It's very humbling. It's a good feeling."
Moving to the track events, the wins were not over. Paige and Peyton helped the 4x200 run a 1:47.12 in the 4x200 to snag the win and break an 11-year-old meet record. Peyton set a record in the 200 by running a 26.1.
Two more events produced two more victories, with Peyton running a leg on the 4x100 and Paige helping the Panthers sweep the relays in the 4x400. Both relays set a meet record.
Five records were broken on the night. All five involved the Rus sisters.
"It's a blessing to be able to do that," Peyton said.
The sister theme continued as Courtney and Rachel Cobert ran legs on the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. In fact, the four siblings compiled the entire 4x200.
Once the meet ended, Robinson still was amazed by what he saw. However, the performances made the night better.
"You know what, they started running well during indoors. It's been a carryover," Robinson said. "They're trusting each other and working hard. They know something special could happen."
Hasson recovers from fall: Leading the 100 hurdles race with 30 meters left, Rockridge junior Devin Hasson got tripped up on the second-to-last hurdle before falling. Hasson rebounded to win the 300 hurdles in 48.73.
"I kind of had (the fall) in my head," Hasson said, "but I tried to push it out of my head and focus on running the (300) race like I normally do."
Riverdale, which took second with 93 points, received its only win on Elle May's victory in the 200 in 26.1. Fulton's Averi Leitzen won the 1600 with a school-record time of 12:37.24.