OREGON — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity track and field team brought home the third-place trophy from the Landers-Loomis Invitational on Friday, scoring 79 points in the 12-team meet.
Senior Teagan Meyers finished second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.57 meters. Meyers also took third in the triple jump with a distance of 9.32 meters. Freshman Marianna Saldana placed fifth in the pole vault with a personal-record clearance of 1.68 meters and senior Sylvia Hasz finished fourth in the shot put with a personal-record distance of 10.21 meters.
“I’m pleasantly surprised with our success in the throwing events,” head coach Alison Vrana said. “Our throwing coach [Zach] Miller has worked with our throwers a lot and they’ve been getting better and better as the season has progressed. We’ve been pretty strong in the triple jump, which I didn’t expect this season, and we’ve been really good in the high jump.”
Rochelle’s 400-meter relay team (Liberty Hayes, Rylee Jackson, Kylie Smith and Alivia Henkel) placed sixth with a time of 55.16 seconds). Junior Yuelma Ortiz took second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:44.12 and Saldana finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.48 seconds. Hayes finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.53 seconds.
“The girls performed really well on Friday,” Vrana said. “They’ve persevered through the tough weather we’ve had this season and they were excited for the opportunity to compete in an invite of this scale because many of our invites have been canceled due to the weather. We ran really well and I think the girls were really excited to come home with the third-place trophy.”
Senior Sara Johnson placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:56.60 and Rochelle’s 800-meter relay team (Hayes, Saldana, Jackson and Smith) finished fifth with a time of 2:00.47. Henkel won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.40 and Meyers took second in 1:04.41.
Ortiz placed third in the 1600-meter run with a personal-record time of 5:59:32. Meyers, Henkel and Hayes took third, fourth and sixth in the 200-meter dash with respective times of 28.49 seconds, 28.74 seconds and 29.37 seconds. Rochelle’s 1600-meter relay team (Smith, Ortiz, Johnson and Saldana) finished fourth with a time of 4:51.03 in the final event of the meet.
“We have a lot of good, young talent and we’re going to have some decisions to make when the postseason arrives,” Vrana said. “It’s a good problem to have because we have a lot of kids competing for spots at the sectional meet and I think our team enjoys that competition. I’m happy with where we’re at right now and we have a lot of young kids who are stepping up.”