Saturday's prep highlights: Pridemore claims third, SJ-O advances
Class 1A girls
DECATUR — Alyssa Pridemore’s third-place finish helped St. Joseph-Ogden to second place. Also advancing to state (top finisher in parentheses): Unity (Nicole Bagwell, 12th), Monticello (Emily Foley, 10th) and Uni High (Annemarie Michael, second).
Class 1A boys
DECATUR — Monticello edged Unity for the team title and Oakwood’s JON DAVIS was the individual winner as area runners dominated.
MATT NORVELL was seventh and teammates JESSE GALAWAY (14th), JUSTIN FURCICH (25th), ZACH MESPLAY (28th) and WILL MONTGOMERY (32nd) followed close behind to lift the Sages. Unity, which placed four points behind, was led by ANDREW WARNES’ fifth-place showing.
SJ-O (NICK POFF, 23rd) and Uni High (ARCH ROBISON, 20th) also moved on, as did St. Thomas More’s NICK HESS (second) and Tuscola’s ERIC PONDER (third).
Class 2A girls
DECATUR — Champaign Central’s Hannah Wright (seventh), Danville’s Mercedes Elliott (10th) and Centennial’s REBECCA KAEFRING (16th) qualified for state, as did fourth-place Mahomet-Seymour, which was led by LAUREN WHITEHOUSE’s runner-up finish. ABIGAIL NIELSEN was 12th for the Bulldogs.
Class 2A boys
DECATUR — ALEX KEEBLE was fourth and teammates JAMES WILLIAMS, WILLIAM WOLF, GABE POMMIER and ANDREW WALMER placed in the top 17 as Mahomet-Seymour won the sectional title.
Danville’s JOHNNY LEVERENZ was the individual winner, finishing in 14:52. Central’s COREY WHITE also advanced to state.
Big 12 swimming
URBANA — Urbana’s GABI RAJIC set meet, pool and school records in winning the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 55.90 seconds) and set a pool record for the 50 free (24.13) in swimming the lead leg in the 200 free relay as the Tigers placed fifth. Rajic was third in the 100 breast, and Urbana’s 400 free relay placed second.
Danville, the top area finisher (third), was led by GRACE JACKOWSKI’s third-place finish in the 50 free.