April 5, 2017

April 5 Rapid Rundown

SJO girls captures four 1st at county meet
Zea Maroon runs her leg of the 4x400m relay
Zea Maroon runs her leg of the 4x400-Meter relay during the prelim races at the IHSA Girls State Track Finals last May. Along with teammates Sam Mabry, Rylee Suits and Abbey Mizer, the foursome ran a 4:19.61 to win this year's Champaign County Meet last Saturday. Maroon also turned in a 1 minute, 2.32 second time to place second in the 400m Dash. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

St. Joseph-Ogden dominated the field taking the two top spots in the Girls 100m dash at the Champaign County Meet on Saturday. Frankie Izard placed first with at time of 13.26 and was followed over the finish line by teammate Aleesia Reeves. Izard also took third in the 200-Meter Dash finals.

Senior two-sport athlete Parker Francisco ran a 15.55 in the 100m Hurdles and sailed 33 feet, 1.5 inches, in the Triple Jump earning first place honors for her effort.

In the field events, Hanna Atwood, who finished second in the Class 1A Pole Vault competition last spring with a career best 11 feet, 9 inch, took home the county meet title in the event with a meet best of 10 feet, 6 inches.

Both Atwood and Francisco were on the Spartans second place 4x200-Meter relay squad.

Parkland splits Danville conference series
The Parkland softball team's bats went nuclear on their host in Danville blanketing 14 hits in the opener of their road conference game against Danville Area Community College on Sunday. The Cobras broke loose the 2-all game in the third inning plating a pair of runs to go up 4-2 on their way to a 10-2 victory.

Maddy Shoemaker led the Parkland offense with four hits and 2 RBI. Megan Magsamen, Sophie Catlin, Makenna Butcher and Haley Ginger delivered two hit each. Butcher and Catlin also contributed 2 RBI in the near-shutout.

The Jaguars rallied back early in the nightcap scoring five runs on 4 hits and 2 errors in the bottom of the first inning. DACC would plate three more run on their way to a 8-3 win over the Cobras.

Down 8-1 in the top of the 5th, Shelby Youngblood crushed a hard shot over the left-center field fence for Parkland's second run of the game for Parkland. In the next frame, Brigette Belt drove in Megan Magsamen with a double down the left field line to set the final score.

Sitting at 17-5 for the season, the Cobra's return to action with back-to-back-back doubleheaders on Thursday. Chuck Clutt's might sluggers six-game weekend schedule starts with two games at Rock Valley tomorrow and then a twin bill at Spoon River on Saturday. The Snappers then travel to Champaign to finish off the four-game conference rotation start at 2pm on Sunday.

Illinois softball improves 4-1 in Big Ten
Thanks to a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh by Annie Fleming, the Fighting Illini softball team squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Sunday at Eichelberger Field on Saturday. Kiana Sherlund scored twice and chipped in an RBI in the fifth inning.

Recording four strike outs, Breanna Wonderly picked up her 10th win of the season after a complete game giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in front of a little more than 600 fans in attendance.

McInerney's solo shot delivers Illini victory
Pat McInerney's 10th home run of the season couldn't have come at a better time. Illinois' starting first baseman put the ball over the left field wall for a walk-off solo home run to beat Indiana State 2-1 at home on Saturday.

McInerney and the Fighting Illini baseball team (10-16 overall, 0-3 conference) head to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines in a three-game series starting Friday.

Anderson finish 1st in three events
Jyana Anderson runs a prelim race at state track in 2016. Now a sophomore, the Tigers' sprinter medaled three times at the Champaign County Girls Meet on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

Urbana speedster Jyana Anderson won three medals - all gold - at the Champaign County Girls Meet on Saturday. The sophomore sprinter bested Rantoul's Akalah Spinks and St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard with at time of 25.93 in 200-Meter Dash. Spinks finished second at 27.04 and Izard crossed over at 27.31.

With a sub-50 second time in the 4x100-Meter Dash, Anderson along with teammates Diamonasia Taylor, Shyanee Bufford and Ayana Kelley-Weatherspoon, earned her second medal of the day after they turned in a time of 49.82. Later, the squad ran a 1:47.30 in the 4x200-Meter Dash also winning gold.

Taylor won a second gold medal after clearing 5-02 in the high jump and Lanaeja Carter won the Discus Throw with her best toss going 118 feet to round out the Tigers' top performers. Carter was followed by Mahomet-Seymour's Cassie Perry going 115 feet, seven inches in second and Centennial's Faith Ayodele earning bronze at 104 feet, four inches.

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