MENDOTA – The Amboy-LaMoille girls’ and boys’ track teams turned in solid performances in the Don Gooden Invitational on April 6 at Mendota.
The girls finished fifth in the team standings out of 15 schools, while the boys were seventh out of 14 schools. Each A-L team had one first-place finish.
The Lady Clippers’ first-place finish belonged to the 4x200-meter relay team, which established a new meet record in the process with a time of 1:50.61. Runners were Sidney Corcoran, Brooklyn Whelchel, Emma Lundquist and Ashley Althaus.
The A-L girls also took second-place honors in three events. Margaret Vaessen was runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:30.20 and Lundquist took second in the 300-meter low hurdles with a clocking of 50.01.
The other second-place finish went to the 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 4:12.71. Althaus, Corcoran, Lundquist and Whelchel comprised the team.
“This was a fantastic meet for us, with personal bests in almost every event,” said A-L coach Bob Halberg. “The 4x400 was a duel between two of the top teams in the state and turned into the most exciting race of the day.” El Paso-Gridley nipped the Lady Clippers by just over a second.
“Our concentration in the relays is paying off. All four relays are currently ranked in the top 12 in the state,” added Halberg.
In the boys’ competition, the Clippers’ Thomas Stamberger posted his team’s first-place finish by topping the field in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.79. Stamberger also had A-L’s only second-place finish with a clocking of 4:55.49 in the 1600-meter run.
April 6 – Gooden Invite
Bureau Valley 144, El Paso-Gridley 144, Sandwich 88, Byron 68.5, Amboy-LaMoille 65.64, Annawan 42.14, St. Bede 42, Mendota 29.89, Harvard 19.89, Hall 17, Princeton 12.28, Pecatonica-Durand 8.64, Kewanee 6, Fieldcrest 6, Hinckley-Big Rock 5
A-L 1st place: 4x200m relay (Sidney Corcoran, Brooklyn Whelchel, Emma Lundquist, Ashley Althaus), 1:50.61
A-L 2nd place: Margaret Vaessen, 800m run, 2:30.2; Lundquist, 300m hurdles, 50.01; 4x400m relay (A. Althaus, Corcoran, Lundquist, Whelchel), 4:12.71
A-L 3rd place: A. Althaus, 400m dash, 1:02.74; 4x100m relay (Corcoran, Lundquist, Whelchel, Kylee Brown), 52.93
A-L 4th place: 4x800m relay (Dulce Bajarano, Kaitlin Ortgiesen, Vaessen, Lauren Althaus), 10:56.94
A-L 5th place: Brown, long jump, 15-4.25
A-L 6th place: Corcoran, 100m dash, 13.94; Brown, 200m dash, 29.67; L. Althaus, 400m dash, 1:07.2
A-L 7th place: Kelynn Boyle, 3200m run, 14:06,16
El Paso-Gridley 141, Princeton 110.5, Hall 68, Byron 63, Bureau Valley 49.5, Kewanee 49.5, Amboy-LaMoille 44, St. Bede 43, Harvard 40.5, Fieldcrest 35, Pecatonica-Durand 20, Kewanee Wethersfield 20, Mendota 14, Somonauk 4
A-L 1st place: Thomas Stamberger, 800m run, 2:03.79
A-L 2nd place: Stamberger, 1600m run, 4:55.49
A-L 3rd place: Brock Loftus, 3200m run, 11:03.49
A-L 4th place: Austin Norman, 110m hurdles, 17.64; Brady Becker, discus, 120-0
A-L 6th place: 4x100m relay (Norman, Loftus, Casen Cherry, Stamberger), 3:46.58; Cherry, triple jump, 37-10; Becker, shot put, 40-0.5
A-L 8th place: Norman, 300m hurdles, 47.73