Variety of contributors in Morton victory over Pontiac

Bryan Veginski

Morton won nine of the 12 running events April 24 in a convincing victory over the Pontiac girls track and field team.

Savina Fischer and Brittany Stamm won twice apiece individually for the Potters in a 98-47 win over the Indians.

"The girls had a great meet and they are competing with confidence and desire," MHS head coach Lynn Rudin said. "This time of year, it is all about focus, drive and momentum."

The Morton home meet was a make-up of a March 26 postponement.

Fischer took the top spot in the 400 dash in a time of 1:03. She also was the leader with a :27.7 in the 200.

Stamm produced victories in the 100 hurdles in 15.8 seconds and the triple jump with a mark of 33-feet-1/2-inch.

The duo also contributed to a 4x100 relay triumph, combining with teammates Taylor Wright and Chelsea Gilles for a season-best time of :50.8.

The quartet of Bayley Selburg, Skylar Harms, Carius and Hannah Behle lifted the Potters to first place in the 4x800 in 11:01.03.

Gilles emerged in first place in the 100 in a season-leading :12.9, while Behle was the fastest with a 2:42.3 in the 800.

Carius captured the 1600 in 5:34.9, her best of the spring. Chloe Williams also was a long-distance winner with a 13:29.4 in the 3200.

Morton's other field victory was by Niya Wells, who skied 4-10 in the high jump.

The Potters swept the 100 hurdles, 1600, high jump and triple jump.

Only eight of the 18 events the previous day in a Mid-Illini Conference home triangular vs. Washington and Limestone were completed.

Meet of Champions

Morton was fifth out of 16 teams Friday at EastSide Centre with 129 points.

The A-B-C meet featured all eight Mid-Illini Conference schools. The Potters were the second-highest finisher.

"The ABC meet is a great tune-up for the conference meet," said Rudin. "The three levels of competition provide many athletes with the opportunity to not only grab some hardware, but gain valuable experience in a big meet."

Fischer, Stamm, Ashley Gilles and Chelsea Gilles ran an area-best time of 1:46.9 to win the title in the 4x200.

The figure was more than three seconds faster than Morton's previous season best in that event.

The team also had top-six placers in all three flights in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump and pole vault.

Cris Sheehan had a career-best 7-6 in the A pole vault.

Natalie Schisler also had her farthest discus throw ever with an 84-5 1/2 in C Flight.

Brooke Goodyear (B) and Williams (C) had personal records of 2:33.9 and 2:44.6, respectively, in the 800.

Carius (A, 11:48.2), Selburg (B, 12:49.3) and Katie Saunders (C, 14:15.1) all had PRs in the 3200.

Normal Community was the champion with 211.5 points.

Dunlap was the M-I leader with 156.5 points in third place.

Conference: The Mid-Illini meet is at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Canton is the host this year.

Morton is aiming for its third straight championship.