PRINCETON — The Hall Lady Devils only won one event in Monday’s Ferris Invitational at Princeton. Its’ team depth won the championship.
The Lady Devils flourished in a system scoring 10 places in individual events, toppling Mendota 199-179. Rock Falls (176) checked in third and Princeton (131) fourth.
“We were kind of looking at this meet and how he scores it. I thought our depth here, that’s what won us the meet. I’m pretty sure we only had one first place, Madi in the pole vault,” Hall coach Nick Hanck said.
“A lot of nice performances all around. Just very proud of these girls. A lot of hard work going into it, and it’s starting to pay off.”
While Hall used its team depth, Princeton’s Zoe Mead shined individually. She won two events and teamed up on PHS’ winning effort in the 4x400 to claim the meet’s Most Outstanding honors.
Mead was a blur around Rathje Track in the 800 meters, busting her own meet record (2:22.07) with a time coach Pat Hodge upgraded to 2:19.48 upon further review. Mead said she said surprised herself, but knew she was going to have to “book it” with a strong field.
“She ran her second lap faster than her first lap. It may have taken a little bit out of her 400, but she looked pretty strong there, too,” Hodge said.
All Mead did in the 400 meters was beat the field by nearly 2.5 seconds with a winning effort of 1:00.92.
Mead’s running mates in the 4x400, Taylor Weatherington, Fran Bowman and Ann Sims, made her job easier for the anchor leg, giving her the baton in first place. Sims overtook her Mendota counterpart on the third curve, and Mead finished off a season best 4:22.44.
“I was hoping they could keep it close for Zoe, but they decided they may as well give her the lead,” Hodge said.
Mead said the 4x400 was her favorite part of the evening.
“We had a personal best, and all the girls were booking it great,” she said. “It’s really a confidence booster.”
Hall freshman Madi Quinn continues to soar in the pole vault, resetting her own school record in the pole vault to 10-3. She also took a close second (17.38) in the 100 hurdles to Mendota’s Mari Biers (17.33).
Sophomore Brooke Keegan came up big for the Lady Devils with 36 points. She placed second in the 400 (1:03.36) and triple jump (32-0) and third in the 200 (28.12) and 100 (13.63).
Other top scorers for the Lady Devils were Brittany Foster, who was second in the 100 (13.61); Tanja Acamovic, who was second in the 300 hurdles (51.3); and Paige Orlandi, who placed third in the 3200 (13:33.6) and fourth in the 1600 (6:17.88).
Hall also placed second in the 4x800 (11:34.50) with Ashley Keegan, Amelia Moreno, Linnea Lee-Brown and Shana Piotrowski.
Princeton picked up seconds from Colbi Schertz in the shot put (36-9), Taylor Clark in the discus (98-8) and Taylor Weatherington in the long jump (14-2). Sierra Storm used a season best 8-0 to take third in the pole vault.
St. Bede’s top scorer was Zoe Postula, who placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.89) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.34).
• Notes: Mendota’s Elizabeth Willis tied the meet record in the shot put at 40-1 set just last year by Kewanee’s Freya Block.
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