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IESA Class A Washington Sectional track results

Chester-East Lincoln girls win eighth-grade title and seventh grade gets second     Send a link to a friend

By Rick L. Hobler

(Photos will be posted tomorrow)

[MAY 10, 2004]  After two months of competing in windy, rainy and freezing weather, Logan County's young women athletes finally got a chance to shine under blue skies and in warm weather at the IESA junior high track sectional in Washington last Saturday. And shine they did! Even athletes who didn't win or qualify for state gave everything they had, with exhaustion, cuts and sprains being evident on numerous competitors. I never saw one athlete quit or fail to give it her best. That is why you have to love this kind of event.

Overall team victories went to Chester-East Lincoln with a first-place finish at the eighth-grade level, with 86 points, and a second-place finish, with 71 points, for the seventh-grade team. Delevan took the seventh-grade title with a total of 79.5 points. Both C-EL teams posted victories and garnered points throughout numerous track and field events.

By my count, at least 54 girls (not including a count of relay alternates) will advance to this weekend's state championships at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. Individuals advance if they place in the top two of any given competition or if they have a state qualifying time or distance in their event.

Notably strong individual performances for C-EL came from Ashley Bonaparte, Bridgette Hyde, Betsy Ramlow, Kelli Brooks and Kelsey Bunner, among others. C-EL's relay teams did well in most every event, with the eighth-grade 4 x 200 team taking a strong first and the eighth-grade 4 x 100 bringing home a second.

Other multiple-winning individual performances were put in by Carroll Catholic's Kate Schonauer and WL-B's Stacy Elliott and Hilary Hobler.

Relay teams from WL-B came in first in the eighth-grade 4 x 100 and the seventh-grade 4 x 200. Relay teams from Carroll also ran strong, especially the eighth-grade 4 x 200 and seventh-grade 4 x 100.

Individual first-place finishes in field and track events were:

Eighth grade

Long jump: Ashley Bonaparte, C-EL

100-meter: Kate Schonauer, Carroll Catholic

200-meter: Ashley Bonaparte, C-EL

400-meter: Bridgette Hyde, C-EL

800-meter: Betsy Ramlow, C-EL

4 x 100 relay: WL-B

4 x 200 relay: C-EL


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Seventh grade

Long jump: Hilary Hobler, WL-B

200-meter: Hilary Hobler, WL-B

800-meter: Kelli Brooks, C-EL

4 x 200 relay, WL-B

Other individuals who qualified for state by being second or by having a qualifying time or distance were:

Eighth grade

High jump: Elliott, WL-B; McFadden, C-EL

100-meter: Bonaparte, C-EL

400-meter: Elliott, WL-B

200-meter: Kate Schonauer, CC

4 x 100 relay: C-EL

4 x 200 relay: CC

Long jump: Kate Schonauer, CC; Browning, WL-B

Shot put: Chrissy Schonauer, CC; Meyrick, C-EL

Seventh grade

100-meter: Bunner C-EL; Hobler WL-B

400-meter: Berglin C-EL

800-meter: Birk, C-EL

4 x 100 relay: CC

4 x 400: C-EL

High jump: Bunner C-EL

Long jump: Aughenbaugh, WL-B; Berglin, C-EL

Shot put: Duncan, C-EL; Lercher, C-EL

Good luck to all of these young athletes and their teams in the state finals this upcoming weekend.

[Rick Hobler]

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