OREGON – Freeport defeated Erie-Prophetstown 178-145 to take first place in the 38th Annual Gebhardt-Worley Invitational.
That result could have been a lot closer, with perhaps E-P having a chance to win if Rachel (family function) and Courtney (ankle injury) Cobert and Breanna Jensen were available.
“Those are a lot of points missing,” said E-P assistant coach Liz Green, filling in for Don Robinson, who was at a funeral. “I don’t know if we would have won, but it would have interesting to see how close it would have been.”
Freeport took first in half of the events, while the Panthers relied on a balanced team effort. The only first places were by the 3,200-meter relay (10:41) of Corrie Reiley, Kassi Henrekin, Brooke Remley and Rebecca Arnolts, and in the high jump, where Courtney Kruthoff and teammate Maddie Fringer both cleared 5-foot-0, with Kruthoff winning on misses.
“Corrie had a busy day, running on three relays and the 800 [taking second at 2:35],” Green said. “I was pleased to get a second and third from sisters Ashley [94-0] and Catherine [93-1] Cooney in the discus.”
Other seconds came from Shyan Dessing in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.71, and from Alyssa Howell in the shot put, with an effort of 34-0.
Oregon took third with 90 points, and had the star of the meet in Cydney Long. Long, a returning hurdling state medalist, won both hurdle races, and anchored the 400 and 800 relays to wins.
“She’s just now coming back into form after missing the indoor season for a hamstring strain,” Oregon coach Lynn Ahlgrim said.
Due to timing malfunction, the 100 low hurdles weren’t timed, but Long edged out sister Hailey for the win. Those two girls, along with cousin Whitney and non-family member Bryanna Horn, had times of 52.84 in the 400 relay and 1:52 in the 800 relay.
The Hawks missed having their other state medalist, Shannon Cullen, in both the shot put and discus. Cullen arrived at the meet just as the throws ended.
“I had choir competition in Eastland and didn’t get back in time,” said a disappointed Cullen, who had the top indoor shot put (39-2) in Class 1A.