Track: Rochelle hosts 48th Annual Ogle County Invitational

The Rochelle Hub and Lady Hub track and field teams recognized their senior athletes during the 48th Annual Ogle County Invitational on Wednesday. Above from left to right are Josue Huerta, Luke Orlikowski, Max Orlikowski, Zach Sanford, Hayden Smith, Sylvia Hasz, Teagan Meyers, Liberty Hayes, Shannon Harding and Sara Johnson. Not pictured are Ryan Simmons, Michael Ramsey and Ethan Wells. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Senior athletes honored as Lady Hubs win fifth straight title, Hubs take second

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School hosted the 48th Annual Ogle County Invitational on Wednesday, with the Lady Hubs winning for the fifth consecutive time and the Hubs finishing second in the five-team meet that featured Oregon, Byron, Stillman Valley and Polo-Forreston. The Lady Hubs scored 124 points to win the meet and the Hubs totaled 96 points overall.

Rochelle also recognized 13 senior track athletes on Wednesday. The Lady Hubs honored five seniors including Shannon Harding, Sylvia Hasz, Liberty Hayes, Sara Johnson and Teagan Meyers. The Hubs recognized eight seniors including Josue Huerta, Luke Orlikowski, Max Orlikowski, Michael Ramsey, Zach Sanford, Ryan Simmons, Hayden Smith and Ethan Wells.

“We’re going to miss our seniors and they’ve helped us a lot over the last four years,” Lady Hub coach Alison Vrana said. “They’ve endured so much throughout their time in high school with COVID-19 and two years where they didn’t have a full season. I’m happy to see them compete in a full season this spring and I think all of our seniors have had fun and performed so well.”

“The senior class has stepped up this year and done really well,” Hub head coach Dale Bergeson said. “They’ve been leaders for our team and they’ve improved in every single practice. I’m happy they’re here and we’re going to miss them as we prepare for next year.”

Lady Hubs

Hasz took second in the shot put with a distance of 9.84 meters and fourth in the discus throw with a distance of 25.84 meters. Meyers won both the high jump with a clearance of 1.58 meters and the triple jump with a personal-record distance of 10.12 meters. Hayes placed second in the long jump with a personal-record distance of 4.47 meters to round out the field events.

Rochelle’s 400-meter relay team (Hayes, Rylee Jackson, Alex Neece and Alivia Henkel) took second with a time of 53.12 seconds and junior Yuelma Ortiz won the 3200-meter run with a personal-record time of 12:29.00. Hayes won the 100-meter dash with a personal-record time of 13.00 seconds and Ortiz finished second in the 800-meter run with a personal record of 2:43.30.

Rochelle’s 800-meter relay team (Hayes, Marianna Saldana, Macy Ramos and Jackson) won with a time of 1:59.20 and Meyers placed second in the 400-meter dash with a personal-record time of 1:02.90. Henkel finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.10 seconds and Ortiz won the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:53.50 while Johnson took second in 6:22.60.

Henkel placed second in the 200-meter dash with a personal record of 27.10 and Rochelle’s 1600-meter relay team (Jackson, Zoe White, Neece and Ortiz) took second in 4:58.20.

Hubs

Sanford finished second in the discus throw with a distance of 38.61 meters and third in the shot put with a distance of 14.40 meters. Simmons placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 1.68 meters and junior Hayden Inman took second in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.20 meters. Simmons finished third in the long jump with a personal-record distance of 5.79 meters.

Sophomore Nathan Sergeant and junior Trey Taft went second and third in the triple jump with distances of 11.50 meters and 11.34 meters. The 3200-meter relay team (Chris Hickey, Wade Smith, Abel Huerta and Josue Huerta) took third in 10:04.81 and the 400-meter relay team (Irving Escalante, Wells, Luke Orlikowski and Griffin Ohlinger) placed third in 45.90 seconds.

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