Thursday's prep highlights: M-S earns track title
In girls’ track and field
■ At Mattoon. Lauren Whitehouse, Elise Hocking and Emily Kauffman qualified for state in two individual events to lead Mahomet-Seymour to the team title at the 2A sectional meet. The win was the Bulldogs’ fourth straight sectional title and 12th in the last 13 seasons.
Whitehouse won the 3,200-meter run in 11 minutes, 16.62 seconds and placed second in the 1,600. Hocking finished second in the 100 hurdles (15.72) and qualified in third in the 300 hurdles. Kauffman won the discus with a toss of 124 feet, 1 inch and was second in the shot put. The Bulldogs also produced state qualifiers with Twinkle Mehta in the 400, along with their 1,600 relay and sectional champion 3,200 relay (9:38.56). Monticello had Hannah Houska in the 800, Maddie Tutich in the 1,600 and Kendyl McFarland in the pole vault qualify for state. The Sages’ 3,200 relay also qualified.
Central had a sectional champion in the shot put with Ranija Turner (37-33/4), along with its 800 relay (1:47.93). Hannah Wright placed second in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 11:32.06 for the Maroons, while Sharon Mainor qualified in the 100 and 200. Centennial’s Dominique Lewis won a sectional title in the 400 (1:00.53) and qualified in the 200. Clinton produced a sectional champion with Betsy Lovett in the pole vault (10-6) and with its 1,600 relay (4:10.05), while its 400 relay and 800 relay qualified. Rantoul’s Mercedes Porter made it to state in the triple jump, and Urbana’s Hannah King did so in the discus.
■ At Pana. Tuscola’s Emma Henderson won the 800-meter run, Sullivan/Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain won the 400 and teammate Mollie Bowman won the triple jump at the 1A sectional meet.
The Redskins’ 800 relay team also qualified for state, along with Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Karly Goodman in the shot put.
■ At Homewood. Danville’s Mercedes Elliott was a two-event champion, capturing the 1,600 (5:22.26) and 3,200 races (11:26.97). She will be joined at state by two sprint relays. Ambrosia Williams, Aariona Graham, Desiree Isaac and Emone’ Davis advanced in the 400- and 800-meter events. The 400 foursome was timed in 49.34. The 800 ran 1:45.21. Williams also advanced as the pole vault runner-up.
■ At Country Club Hills. Watseka’s Allee Bunting (112-4) and Meegan Massey (106-10) in the discus, and Emily Allhands (37-91/2) in the shot put all qualified for state at the 2A sectional meet.
In boys’ track and field
■ At Bloomington. Bloomington won the eight-school meet with 142 points, and Danville finished second with 134 points. Johnny Leverenz was a two-event winner, emerging with victories in the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 0.17 second) and the 1,600 (4:26.25). Leverenz ran the anchor leg on the first-place 3,200 relay, crossing the finish line in 8:11.74. Danville’s Caleb Hummer in the 3,200 (9:47.83), Denzel Smith in the high jump (5 feet, 11 inches) and Trent Sherfield in the triple jump (44-7) all placed first. Centennial had one champion when Allen Terry won the 110 hurdles (15.07).
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 12, Hoopeston Area 1. Dustin Campbell went 2 for 2 with two RBI and Garrett Martin went 2 for 4 with two RBI in the Buffaloes’ win.
■ Herscher 6, Iroquois West 2. Austin Miller hit a two-run home run for IW.
■ Rantoul 14, Pontiac 3. The host Eagles received a 4-for-4 effort from Hannah Cargo that included a home run and three RBI, while Jordan Smith went 1 for 3 with a home run and four RBI.
■ Normal U-High 14, Mahomet-Seymour 1. The Bulldogs’ Hannah Fortune went 2 for 2 in a home loss.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 19, Milford 3. Brittany Hay had two hits, including a three-run home run, and wound up with five RBI to spark the Buffaloes at home. Erin McNally hit a home run and drove in two runs for the Bearcats.
■ Clifton Central 11, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1. Jessi Bergman (1 for 2, RBI) and Zayna Flahaut (1 for 2) had the only two hits for the visiting Panthers in a Sangamon Valley Conference loss.
In girls’ soccer
■ Mahomet-Seymour 8, Centennial 0. Morgan DeHaan and Aleyna Brunner each scored two goals to lead M-S. Lindsey Wisniewski made 15 saves for the Chargers.