PLANO – The Morris girls track and field team tied with Sandwich for sixth place with 40 points at the 15-team Class 2A Plano Regional on Friday. Coal City finished 13th with four points.
Senior Haleigh Knapp of Morris, the two-time defending state champion in the high jump, cleared, 5-feet-2 inches, to take first place and qualify for this weekend’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Sophomore Leona Burton of Morris qualified for the finals in 100-meter dash by finishing first in her preliminary heat with a time of 13.19. She then took second place in the finals with time of 13.08 and qualified for state. Burton also won the long jump (17-1 ∏) to qualify for state and qualified in the 200 with a time of 27.15 in the finals, which was good for second place.
Morris’ 4x100-meter relay team of Burton, senior Katie Erickson, senior Becca McKee and sophomore Jessica Webber took fourth place with a time of 52.59. McKee qualified for the finals in the 100 by time in her preliminary heat with time of 14.03, and took seventh in the finals with time of 13.87.
Class 1A Seneca Sectional: Seneca won the title at the 15-team event with 181 points. Reed-Custer was second with 72 and Dwight took fifth with 43. Qualifying for state as individuals for Seneca were Willow Stuedemann in the 100 (first, 12.61) and the 400 (first, 59.42), Emily Woods (16-93⁄4) in the long jump, Mickey Juricic (second, 9-9) and Morgan Ambrust (third, 9-3) in the pole vault, Rylee Anderson in the high jump (first, 5-4), Shawnna Goins in the shot put (first, 37-4∏), Lexi Wilkinson in the triple jump (35-41⁄4 and the 110-meter high hurdles (first, 17.41), Brooke Larsen (first, 107-8) and Clara Ross (second, 99-0) in the discus, Caroline Collet (third, 11:59.83) in the 3,200 and Cora Wilkinsoin (second, 49.64) in the 300 low hurdles. The Irish also qualified three of their relay teams. The 4x800 team of Anderson, Lexi Bogren, Eve Bruno and Sarah Cameron finished first in 10:04.48) while the 4x200 team of Shailee Bauer, Juicic, Lexi Wilkinson and Woods (1:52.44) and the 4x400 team of Mackenzie Maierhofer, Cora Wilkinson, Stuedemann and Woods (4:16.6) were second.
Morris 7, Reed-Custer 0: Winning pitcher Cody Niewinski (7-1) went six innings Saturday, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. Tom Cheshareck pitched a perfect seventh with a strikeout. At the plate, Trevor Lines was 3 for 4, while Cheshareck (two RBIs), Kyle Hill (two RBIs) and Matt Bernickus had two hits each. Tim Smyk added a double and two RBIs for the Redskins (24-8).
“Cody did a great job keeping the ball down and keeping their hitters off balance,” Morris coach Todd Kein said, “The timely hitting continues to come through for us. It was a solid game for us all around.”
Reed-Custer 6, Morris JV 0: Kendall Enger took the loss for Morris (1-2), while Ricky Pelnarsh threw two scoreless innings. Jake McDonald and Matt Darlington had hits, while Cody Niewinski was 2 for 2 with a double and a stolen base.
Coal City 1, Stewardson-Strasburg 0: At Mattoon, Lane Cowherd’s RBI single, driving in Nick Micetich, in the fifth inning was all the Coalers (14-13) needed. Nate Chapman started and threw four innings for the win, allowing two hits and striking out four. Zack Mellen worked three hitless innings with two strikeouts for the save.
Sandwich 4, Reed-Custer 2: Josh Bull and Tyler Murawski (RBI) each had two hits for the Comets (20-14, 9-7) in the Interstate Eight loss Monday, while Jon Costain added an RBI double. Eddie Wilkins struck out seven in the loss.
Southwest Prairie Conference meet: Minooka won its third straight conferencetitle Saturday as Peter Andreano won a pair of events. Andreano, a junior, took first in the high jump (6-3) and the long jump (21-3). The only other individual winner for the Indians was Brock Whalen in the shot put (51-4). The 4x100 relay of Mitch Miller, Victor Turpin, Chris Hopkins and Chris Wilson won in 42.3. The meet came down to the last two events as Minooka and Plainfield East fought for the crown. Minooka’s Devin Ingram was scratched in the 200 because of a back injury and the Indians false started in the 4x400 relay, leaving the door open for Plainfield East. The Bengals, however, finished fourth in the event, giving Minooka a 114-112 points lead and the conference title.