Dual forces potent

Bryan Veginski

Metamora’s first-place finishes were the difference in a Mid-Illini Conference triangular April 21.

The Redbirds amassed 103 points at home, 23 more than the Morton girls track and field team.

Pekin was a non-factor with just six points.

Ashley Pribble was a double winner for the Potters in the 3200 (12:15.5) and 1600 runs (5:43).

Emily Schaefer collected first-place points in the 100 hurdles in a season-best time of :16.3.

The 3200 relay, consisting of Grace Jankowski, Paige Maurer, Nicole Lockwood and Caitlin Pribble, was victorious in 11:28.4.

In the field, Morton was first on two occasions.

Lexi Ellis won the long jump with a distance of 14-feet-9-inches, while a 31-2 1/2 throw in the shot put netted Maggie McMurtrey top honors in that event.

The Potters next will face the Redbirds in the eight-team conference gathering May 7.

“We look forward to having another matchup in the conference meet,” MHS head coach Lynn Rudin said.

Metamora has won nine consecutive M-I girls track titles.

Metamora boys 86, Pekin 71, MHS 29: The Redbirds prevailed April 21, although the Dragons presented a challenge.

Morton was first twice at home on the track.

In a race to the finish line in the 400 dash, Scott Anderson held off a Metamora sprinter by three-tenths of a second with a :53.5.

Also, the Potter 4x400 relay won in 3:42.1 to nip Pekin, which clocked a 3:42.5.

Morton was second in four events.

Morton Co-ed Relays: The Potter boys and girls teamed up for a title Thursday.

With 68 points, Morton held off Canton, which compiled 57. Washington was third with 35.

In the girls 400 relay, Laura Compton, Schaefer, Kayla Gray and Ksenia Efimova recorded a season-best :52.9 to collect first-place merit.

Also victorious with their fastest time of the year (1:53.3) was the girls 800 relay, made up of Schaefer, Tracy Frerichs, Gray and Efimova.

Schaefer, Nick Gurdian, Gray and Adam Reynolds combined to give the Potters a win in 1:06.2 in the co-ed hurdle shuttle.

The co-ed throwers relay was first in :54.4 with a combination of Shelbi Ummel, Bubba Risinger, Heather Placko and Drake Hilliard.

Also on the track, Fernandez Bjork, Andrew Fuehring, Jon Bobo and Anderson won the boys 1600 relay with a time of 3:48.5.

Morton claimed four events in the field as well.

A meet-winning height of 29-6 was registered by Kelsey Kirk, Sarah Tooley,  Caitlyn Vandermeer, D.J. Zahn, Steve Neubauer and Marshall LeBaube in the co-ed high jump.

A combined distance of 94-4 1/2 by Ellis, Frerichs, Compton, Anderson, Marcus Washington and Fuehring was the best in the co-ed long jump.

The Potters dominated in the co-ed discus, with the group of McMurtrey, Krissi Gashaw, Ummel, Kyle McMurtry, Hilliard and Austin Sherwood throwing a total of 579-3.

Zach Deaton, Austin Walschaert, Jaren Glascock, Ashley McCollum, Laura Howard and Marissa McKelvey clinched the co-ed pole vault for Morton with a height of 42 feet.

MHS girls 123, Central 23: The Potters only lost two events in a Friday thrashing of the Lions.

Morton swept all the points in eight competitions and had the best time in every relay in a meet made up from a March 31 postponement.

Kirk won three individual events (200, high jump, long jump) and Schaefer (100 hurdles, triple jump) McMutrey (discus, shot) and McKelvey (300 hurdles, pole vault) two apiece.

Central scored only one point in the field with a third in the long jump.