Saturday's prep highlights: Jimson-Miller breaks own mark
In girls’ track & field
At Champaign. Danville won three events, including two by Alexus Jimson-Miller, en route to finishing second in the 37-team Gene Armer Invitational girls’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.
Jimson-Miller captured the 60-meter hurdles and the 400 to help the Vikings hold off Edwardsville by 11/2 points for the runner-up spot in the team standings.
Jimson-Miller won the hurdles in a school-record 8.64 seconds, breaking her own mark of 8.91. The Danville senior’s time is the fastest in the state in Class 3A.
Danville also set a school record while winning the 800 relay. Emone Davis, Ambrosia Williams, Jorriel Stewart and Jimson-Miller combined for a 1-minute, 44.68-second clocking, eclipsing the previous record of 1:45.6.
The Vikings’ 1,600 relay placed second, and Williams accounted for Danville’s third school record of the day by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to finish sixth. The previous mark was 9-0, also set by Williams.
Miranda Marry of Fisher finished third in the 400.
At Mahomet. Jenny Kimbro won two events to lead Salt Fork to third place in the nine-team Class A Invitational girls’ meet at the Mahomet-Seymour Fieldhouse. Kimbro placed first in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump. The Storm captured two other events, with Toria Plotner winning the 400 and Brandi Puzey taking the 800. Lea Slauch of Urbana University High placed first in the 60, edging runner-up Emily Neuhauser of Sullivan by 0.01 second.
In boys’ track & field
At Champaign. Johnny Leverenz finished second in the 1,600 to lead Danville to seventh place in the 31-team Gene Armer Invitational boys’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.
The Vikings produced three top-four finishers, including Caleb Hummer, who was third in the 3,200, and Aaron Hardimon, who placed fourth in the shot put.
Jesse Hahne of Schlarman finished fourth in the 1,600.
Adam Coulon of Tri-Valley set a national record for a freshman in the indoor boys’ pole vault. Coulon had a winning height of 15-61/2.
Unity 10-12, Blue Ridge 2-6. McKenzie Krutsinger went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer and pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the visiting Rockets to victory in Game 1. Unity’s Rachel Billman also had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs.
In the nightcap, the Rockets built a 7-0 lead through three innings and held off a comeback attempt by the Knights. Avery Tolliver went 3 for 4 for Unity, and teammate Sydney Bay doubled twice and drove in two runs. For Blue Ridge, Brianna Davis was 3 for 3, and Kylee Beck had two hits and two RBI.
Urbana 9-16, Springfield Southeast 4-4. Emily Deck and Ellen Beverly combined on a two-hitter for the visiting Tigers in the Game 1 win. Shelly Brown and Lexi White each had two hits for Urbana, which scored eight runs in the fourth inning to take command.
In the nightcap, Taylor Lovett and White had two hits and two RBI apiece for the Tigers. Beverly accounted for three of Urbana’s 13 hits, and Krista Broom pitched a five-inning three-hitter for the win.
LeRoy 6-12, Cerro Gordo/Bement 4-2. Shannon Steffen went 3 for 3 with two rbi to propel the host Panthers to a Game 1 win. Hannah Vogel contributed two hits to LeRoy’s 10-hit attack.
The Panthers rolled to victory in the nightcap behind Alyssa Aupperle’s four RBI. Steffen, Annika Kolic and Lauren Russell each drove in two runs for LeRoy. Sadie Sawyer went 2 for 2 for the Broncos.
At Jackson, Tenn. Mahomet-Seymour won two games in its last at-bat and went 3-1 Saturday to finish in a tie for fifth place in the two-day, 32-team Sarah Beth Whitehead Memorial tournament. Lindsey Ogle went 2 for 3 and drove in the winning run to lift the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory against Chester County (Tenn.).
Alie Tarrant pitched a complete-game one-hitter and did not allow an earned run in M-S’ 2-1 win against Ripley (Tenn). Hannah Fortune’s rbi in the bottom of the seventh broke a 1-1 tie.
The Bulldogs also beat Dyersburg (Tenn.) 10-3 and fell to Lexington (Tenn.) 8-2.
Unity 4-7, Iroquois West 0-1. Taylor White pitched a complete-game one-hitter and struck out nine to lead the host Rockets to the opening win. The lone hit off White came in the second inning, on a Clark Fink single. Zach Gadbury had two of Unity’s six hits.
In Game 2, the Rockets scored all of their runs in the first four innings to take control. Derek Hooker doubled twice for Unity, and teammate Connor Grace went 2 for 3.
Paris 8, East Central 4. The Panthers took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning but couldn’t finish off Paris, which scored six runs to pull out the road win. Luke Armstrong and cole bogle each had an RBI for East Central, which committed six errors and allowed seven unearned runs.
SVC All-Stars sweep. St. Joseph-Ogden teammates Ashley Landis and Bailey Trimble combined for 28 points to lead the Sangamon Valley Conference to a 43-39 victory against the Heart of Illinois Conference in a girls’ all-star game at Gibson City. Landis scored a game-high 15 points, and Trimble added 13. Shannon Steffen of LeRoy led the HOIC with eight points.
In the boys’ game, the Sangamon Valley racked up 24 points in the third quarter and held on for a 57-55 win. Cissna Park’s Alex Rabe led the SVC with 13 points.