Lady Clippers continue to excel in track & field

Girls place second in two big invites


Amboy-LaMoille's Megan Grady motors her way in the 1600-meter run in the Rollie Morris Invite at Spring Valley on April 15. (Photo contributed)

Amboy-LaMoille had five first-place finishes and took second place in the team standings of the Bureau Valley Invitational on April 10 at Manlius.

The home team ran away with the team title with 185 points, followed by the Lady Clippers with 100. Cambridge and Stark County tied with 89 points, while the rest of the field included Annawan (72), Galva (5) and Ohio (4).

The Lady Clippers had three individual first-place finishes. Erin Hosto won the 800-meter run in 2:35.56, Nya Rennell captured the high jump at 4-8 and Katelynn Pankhurst claimed the long jump with a distance of 16-6.

Amboy-LaMoille broke the tape in two of the four relays. The 4x200 team of Cassidy Corcoran, Sidney Corcoran, Ashley Althaus and Pankhurst had a time of 1:52.63, while the 4x400 group of Althaus, Cassidy Corcoran, Maddie Foster and Pankhurst was clocked in 4:24.47.

April 10 – Bureau Valley Invite

Bureau Valley 185, Amboy-LaMoille 100, Cambridge 89, Stark County 89, Annawan 72, Galva 5, Ohio 4

A-L 1st place: Erin Hosto, 800m run, 2:35.56; Nya Rennell, high jump, 4-8; Katelynn Pankhurst, long jump, 16-6; 4x200 relay (Cassidy Corcoran, Sidney Corcoran, Ashley Althaus, Pankhurst), 1:52.63; 4x400 relay (Althaus, C. Corcoran, Madeline Foster, Pankhurst), 4:24.47

A-L 2nd place: Megan Grady, 1600m run, 5:37.88; 4x800 relay (Kaitlyn Ortgiesen, Grady, Margaret Vaessen, Hosto), 10:35.8; Pankhurst, triple jump, 30-5

A-L 3rd place: Kelynn Boyle, 3200m run, 13:53.25

A-L 4th place: S. Corcoran, 100m dash, 14.55; S. Corcoran, 200m dash, 29.22; Ortgiesen, 800m run, 2:44.7

A-L 5th place: C. Corcoran, 100m dash, 14.56; Foster, 400m dash, 1:07.81; 4x100 relay (Renell, Maddie Full, Althaus, Emily Morrison), 1:03.63

A-L 6th place: Althaus, 400m dash, 1:08.16; Vaessen, 1600m run, 6:13.85

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The Amboy-LaMoille Lady Clippers had their first home meet of the season on April 13 and they were no match for the competition. A-L piled up 10 first-place finishes on its way to 148 points and an easy victory over four other teams. Forreston-Polo took second with 83 points, followed by Pearl City (49), Ashton-Franklin Center (28) and Ohio (5).

Katelynn Pankhurst continued her impressive season by picking up three of the Lady Clippers’ first-place finishes. She won the 200-meter dash, triple jump and long jump, setting a new school record in the latter with a distance of 17-3.5.

April 13

Amboy-LaMoille 148, Forreston-Polo 83, Pearl City 49, AFC 28, Ohio 5

A-L 1st place: Ashley Althaus, 400m dash, 1:04.31; Kaitlyn Ortgiesen, 1600m run, 6:05.74; Katelynn Pankhurst, 200m dash, 27.71; 1600m relay (Kelynn Boyle, Ally Gascoigne, Ortgiesen, Margaret Vaessen), 4:48.16; Pankhurst, long jump, 17-3.5; Pankhurst, triple jump, 31-6; 400m relay, 53.78; Megan Grady, 3200m run, 12:09; Sidney Corcoran, 100m dash, 13.25; Vaessen, 800m run, 2:36.59

A-L 2nd place: Cassidy Corcoran, 400m dash, 1:05.25; Boyle, 1600m run, 6:14.92; S. Corcoran, 200m dash, 28.52; S. Corcoran, long jump, 14-6; Nya Renell, high jump, 4-6; Erin Hosto, 3200m run, 12:22.54; Renell, 100m dash, 14.16; Boyle, 800m run, 2:44.69

A-L 3rd place: Allison Hicks, shot put, 28-1; Renell, discus, 69-4; Madeline Foster, 800m run, 2:49

A-L 4th place: Renell, shot put, 24-3; Hicks, discus, 68-10; Vaessen, high jump, 4-0

A-L 5th place: Foster, long jump, 14-3; Ortgiesen, high jump, 3-9

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The Lady Clippers won five events and took second-place honors in the 15-team Morris Invitational on April 15 at Spring Valley. Bureau Valley won the meet with 134 points, while A-L had 90.

Amboy-LaMoille’s relays sparked the team as all four squads finished in first place. Pankhurst also earned a first in the long jump at 15-10.5.

April 15 – Morris Invite

Bureau Valley 134, Amboy-LaMoille 90, Hall 80, Putnam County 63, Mendota 57, Streator 47.5, St. Bede 34, Newark 12.5, Henry-Midland 9, Fieldcrest 8, Princeton 7, Stillman Valley 5, Ohio 4, Somonauk 3, Aurora Christian 1

A-L 1st place: 4x100 relay (C. Corcoran, S. Corcoran, Althaus, Pankhurst), 53.21; 4x200 relay (C. Corcoran, S. Corcoran, Althaus, Pankhurst), 1:50.14; 4x400 relay (C. Corcoran, Pankhurst, Foster, Althaus), 4:17.22; 4x800 relay (Ortgiesen, Vaessen, Grady, Hosto), 10:33.56; Pankhurst, long jump, 15-10.5.

A-L 2nd place: Althaus, 400m dash, 1:02.71; Grady, 1600m run, 5:43.91

A-L 3rd place: Hosto, 800m run, 2:31.81; Vaessen, 1600m run, 5:55.44

A-L 4th place: S. Corcoran, 100m dash, 13.34; Foster, 400m dash, 1:06.96; Renell, high jump, 4-5

A-L 5th place: Boyle, 3200m run, 14:16.31