IVC girls track improves

Justin Miller

The Illinois Valley central girls’ track team hosted Dixon and Ottawa Thursday and came in second with 60.5 points.

“Compared to the indoor season, the most improvement has been seen in the running events, especially in the longer events,” coach Gwen Hemstreet said. “It is easier for the girls to run longer events on a larger track, like the outdoor track. We have had many personal records for our 800m and up runners since going outside.”

Kaylee Truninger took home first in the 800m with a time of 2:48.4.

Emily Bartlett won the 100m hurdles in 18.6 and the 300m hurdles in 53.4.

The 4x200 team of Haley White, Liz Fenelon, Sarah James and Charleen Mathais grabbed first place wit the personal record time of 1:57.5.

Marli Whitman tied for first in the long jump with a jump of 4’6.

White earned first in the triple jump with a jump of 30’7 ½.

Emma Hoerr came in first in the shot put with a throw of 35’6 and first in the discus with a toss of 107’1.

Other finishers include, second place: Jessica Owdom, 3200m, 13:32.60 (PR); White, long jump, 14’1 ½.

Third place: James, 100m dash, 14.0; Aubrey Allison, 400m, 1:05.3; Liz Willford, 3200m, 13:52.8; Jameel Woods, shot put, 28’11.

“Our girls are involved in lots of different things and our biggest area for improvement relies on consistency in our practices and meets, regarding who is able to compete,” Hemstreet said.

“We had an injury to Taylor Didesch last week, which hurt us a little because she was part of the 4x400 team that made it to indoor State. She will hopefully be back by (North Central Illinois) Conference season, but it is questionable.”

The team next competes at 4 p.m. Friday at Lewistown.