ROCHELLE — Hundreds of track and field athletes gathered at Rochelle Township High School Saturday morning for the 40th Annual Rochelle Area Track Club Invitational.
Field events began at 9 a.m., with running events kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Several track clubs from around the area attended Saturday’s event including the Rock Island Striders, the Warrior Athletic Track Club, the Central Illinois Track Team and the DuPage Track Club.
Leiya Smith placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 17.83 seconds, and Smith took second in the long jump with a leap of 9-6. Anya Anaya edged out Rock Island’s Jordyn Randle for first in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 1:32.10 to Randle’s 1:32.20.
Maggie Louis finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:47.16, with Elena Daugherty taking sixth at 2:01.68. Josie Slattengren placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 4-4, and Naomi Arredondo’s leap of 4-3 earned her eighth place.
Martha Landa recorded a throw of 5.4 meters in the javelin throw, and Landa’s leap of 6-2 in the long jump put her in sixth place. The 400-meter relay group of Anaya, Arredondo, Landa and Smith ran a time of 1:30.15.
Grant Daugherty defeated Luke Wingler of Center Grove for first place in the shot put with a heave of 13-9, while Ezekiel Bergeson and Isaiah Bergeson finished eighth and ninth in the long jump with respective leaps of 5-3 ½ and 4-1. Boone Alderks recorded Rochelle’s top time in the 100-meter dash at 19.31.
Ezekiel and Isaiah Bergeson took third and fourth place in the 400-meter dash with respective times of 1:49.23 and 2:30.94, and Alderks ran a 41.55 in the 200-meter dash for sixth place.
Anna Blanton and Madigan Williams recorded Rochelle’s top marks in the long jump, with Blanton leaping 8-8 for sixth place and Williams jumping 8-5 for seventh place. Williams was the lone participant in the shot put, winning with a heave of 12-8 ½.
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