OTTAWA — The Rochelle Lady Hub track and field team battled for conference bragging rights at the Interstate 8 Championship meet on Wednesday, finishing sixth overall with 40 points. Rochelle will now train for the IHSA 2A Sectional at Plano High School on Thursday, June 3.
Freshman Alivia Henkel shined in the 400-meter dash, taking second with a time of 1:01.74 while junior Teagan Meyers placed third in 1:04.42. Junior Liberty Hayes finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.96 seconds and sophomore Yuelma Ortiz took fifth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:24.36. Junior Sara Johnson placed seventh in the 1600-meter run and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with personal-best times of 6:09.87 and 19.73.
“It was great to see our kids placing at the conference level,” head coach Alison Vrana said. “Afi has continued to be more consistent in her throws and Alivia has continued to get faster. Teagan has been more consistent in the high jump and I think we’ve set ourselves up well for the sectional next week. I’m looking forward to seeing the girls continue to improve.”
The Lady Hubs took second in the 1600-meter relay, with Henkel, Hayes, Meyers and freshman Kylie Smith clocking in at 4:26.71. Senior Afi Gati finished third in the shot put with a distance of 10.59 meters and sixth in the discus with a throw of 28.67 meters. Meyers placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.52 meters and Henkel took seventh in the pole vault.
“We’re right on the bubble for all of the events we’re hoping to see kids qualify for state in,” Vrana said. “I think Afi can reach the qualifying standard in the shot put and Teagan has cleared 5 feet twice this season so she only needs one more inch. These girls are competitors and I think they’ll compete as hard as they can to make it to the state meet. Alivia is right on the cusp of qualifying for state in the 400. We have a lot of chances to send kids to state.”