JOLIET – Minooka’s boys track and field team made a major statement as it prepares for next weekend’s trip to the Class 3A state final in Charleston.
Coach Nick Lundin’s Indians defeated Neuqua Valley 88.5-67 for top honors in the 15-team competition. It marks the third straight year Minooka has won a sectional title.
The Indians received a pair of first-place finishes from Peter Andreano, who claimed top honors in the long jump (22-0.5) and the high jump (6-5). Also for Minooka, Shabari Bailey won the title in the 110-meter hurdles (14.41 seconds). Also qualifying in the 400 was the runner-up, Minooka’s Chris Wilson. Minooka’s Ryan Pullara placed third in the pole vault, but reached the qualifying height.
Minooka won the 4x100 relay (42.36) with Devin Ingram, Mitch Miller, Chris Hopkins and Wilson competing, while the Indians’ 4x200 team finished second and qualified for state. Minooka finished third in the 4x400 and qualified as well.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Class 3A: Minooka’s Janile Rogers had the best jump in the long jump preliminaries Friday, with a leap of 18-9, and also qualified with a time of 11.95 in the 100-meter dash and anchored the qualifying 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x200 team consists of Rogers, along with Latricia Dean, Megan Caldwell and Emma Toneili, while the 4x400 team includes Rogers, Ashleigh Wilson, Moira McAsey and Tonelli.
Class 2A: Morris’ Haleigh Knapp cleared 5-0 Friday and qualified for Saturday’s finals in defense of her past two state championships. Her Redskins teammate, Leona Burton, qualified for state in the 100, 200 and long jump, but her preliminary performances were not enough to qualify her for Saturday’s finals.
Class 1A: Seneca’s Willow Stuedemann qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 100, 200 and 400, while teammate Rylee Anderson qualified in the high jump. Dwight’s Daly Galloway qualified for the finals in the 1,600.
Class 1A Serena Regional: Gardner-South Wilmington rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Serena, 7-6, on Thursday and advance to Saturday’s title game against Somonauk at 11 a.m. Scott Horrie delivered a two-run single in the seventh to provide the winning runs. Jack Davidson, Brendan Elens, Kyle Robison and Connor Hays all had two hits for the Panthers.
Peotone 8, Coal City 7: Despite a two-run homer by Joe Quinn on Thursday, the Coalers (15-14) could not get over the hump. They rallied to tie the score with three runs in the top of the seventh, but Peotone scored the winner in the bottom half. D.J. Budde and Alex Wills (two RBIs) each had three hits.