E-P runs away with Rosenberry Classic
After winning the Illinois Prep Top Times meet last week in Bloomington, the Erie-Prophetstown girls track team flexed their muscles on a local scale on Wednesday night.
The Panthers won all but two events in running away with the team title in the Rosenberry Classic at the Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling.
Erie-Prophetstown finished with 207 points, more than three times the totals posted by its nearest competitors, Bureau Valley and Riverdale, which each had 59. Fulton (52) and Amboy (21) rounded out the top five squads.
The Panthers were dominant, despite doing some experimenting with their lineup in the final tuneup for the outdoor season.
"I talked to the girls on the way over," E-P coach Don Robinson said. "I said you're not doing all your normal stuff, so they sacrificed a little bit, and I didn't know the depth of the other teams for this first meet. What we tried to do was to score in as many events as we could, and yet put in some work. I'm really proud of them for hustling, and doing things maybe they didn't want to do."
Courtney Cobert established herself as the fastest female trackster in the Three Rivers by sweeping three sprints. She was clocked at 8.06 seconds in the 60 dash; 28.15 in the 200; and 1:01.55 in the 400.
Corrie Reiley and Paige Rus were each double winners for E-P. Reiley took the 800 (2:30.5) and 1,600 (5:56.9), while Rus won the high jump (5 feet 1 inch) and triple jump (34-2 1/4).
Single-event winners for the Panthers were Heather Strike in the long jump (15-3 1/2), Cassie Reiley in the pole vault (7-0) and Jennifer Woodworth in the 3,200 (13:07.4).
Erie-Prophetstown also swept the relays, taking the 800 in 1:54.65; the 1,600 in 4:38.12; and the 3,200 in 11:29.9.
Athletes from Amboy and Riverdale were able to break the stranglehold E-P had on first-place finishes.
The Clippers' Autumn Smith won the shot put (34-1 1/2), while the Rams' Liz Oltman won the 60 hurdles (10.02).
Mendota 3, Newman 2: The Comets won a pair of doubles matches in dropping a road dual against the Trojans.
Andrew Schmitt and Connor Knack won at No. 2 doubles for Newman (0-2), while Drew Burger and Noah Leffelman won at No. 3 doubles.