Rochelle News-Leader | Youth runners shine in Track Club invite

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.

6-8 Girls

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.

6-8 Boys

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.

9-10 Girls

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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