NORMAL — In their latest foray in track and field, the Lady Maroons placed 6th in the overall team competition behind four 1A rated teams and one 2A team (Clinton is 2A in a 3A system).
This was another huge event for the Lady Maroons, who are gearing up for the State Indoor Championships in a couple of weeks. They also had a scheduled meet hosted by Normal West on March 13 to aid in state final preparation.
Payne Turney led the team as her teammates nominated her athlete-of-the-meet. Payne expressed a desire to compete in the 3200 meter run, so this day it was to be. Payne not only competed, she beat her old school record (as as freshman) by almost a minute, winning the event and leaving the meet ranked #1 in the state in class 2A.
Payne is also ranked #1 in the 800-meter run in class 2A in the state, thus she has qualified for the state finals. Those of her teammates finishing in the top 8 places (scoring points for the team) or setting personal records are as follows:
Tori Burke - 4th place and a lifetime best in the 60 meter dash and qualified for state
Olivia Earl - 4th place and a lifetime best in pole vault
Kaitlyn Rauch - 4th place in 60 meter high hurdles and qualified for state
Riley Pruser - 4th in triple jump, 5th in high jump (state qualified), and 7th in long jump 4x400 meter relay - 2nd place with Mallory Cyrulik, Payne Turney, Hadley Wilson, and Tori Burke - only one spot out of state qualification 4x800 meter relay - 6th place with Hadley Wilson, Olivia Petersen, Clare Holland, and Alax Shanks
Claudia Workman - 8th place in shot put
Jackie Green - 6th place in pole vault with a lifetime best at 9 feet
RyTy Dupont-Barlow - lifetime best 60 meter dash, lifetime best 200 meter dash, and indoor best triple jump
Jayd Rich - lifetime bests in 200 & 400 meter dashes
Olivia Petersen - indoor lifetime best 800 meter run
Mackenzee Willoughby - indoor lifetime best 800 meter run
Clare Holland - indoor lifetime best 1600 meter run
Jessie Wertz - indoor lifetime best 1600 meter run
Aryn Scott - indoor lifetime best 3200 meter run
Lyric Griffith - indoor lifetime best 60 meter high hurdles
Natalie Rhodes - lifetime best in triple jump
Emmy Fought - lifetime best shot put
Destiny Schlesinger - lifetime best shot put