CLINTON — Between regular track & field meets, Payne Turney was entered in the elite group of runners at the Palatine High School Distance Night. This prestigious meet is by invitation only, and Payne was one of those chosen to run in the 800-meter run.
She ran in the main event (the fastest heat of the night) and finished with a lifetime personal best and set a new school record time of 2:16.33. Her coaches and several team mates made the journey to watch this event take place. Payne ran in an elite group. Every entrant in this race set a season or personal record.
For the team as a whole, they’ve don it again by taking the Central Illinois Conference meet for a third year in a row.
In the meet, the Lady Maroons set three new school records in the 4 x 800 meter relay (Hadley Wilson, Olivia Petersen, Raya Swartz, and Clare Holland), the 300 meter hurdles (Mallory Cyrulik) and the F/S 100 meter hurdles (by guess who - Mallory Cyrulik).
The peer-elected Athlete of the Meet was Kaitlyn Rauch for her blistering lifetime best run in the 100 meter hurdles, taking fourth when ranked fifth and then running in the next race, the 100 meter dash she took third place when she was seeded ranked ninth (a non-scoring position).
The Lady Maroons scored 6 second places, 7 third places, 4 fourth places, 4 fifths, 4 sixths and 2 eighth places. Oh, and Olivia Earl won the pole vault championship while Payne Turney kept up her great year with championship wins in the 400 meter and 800 meter dashes. Along with Mallory Cyrulik’s two records, there were lifetime bests also scored by Aryn Scott in the 3200 meter run, Kaitlyn Rauch in the 100 meter hurdles, Olivia Petersen in the 800 meter run, Natalie Rhodes in the 300 meter hurdles, and jessie Wertz in the 3200 meter run.