MORRIS – It was only two years ago when Morris Community High School welcomed back home meets for the first time in 20 years with a brand-new track. Times were good. Then, in 2020, the good times were put on hold for a season. On Thursday, the Redskins welcomed back track by hosting their first meet of the year against Plano, Sandwich and Newark. Finals scores for the boys were: Sandwich 92.5, Morris 68.5, Newark 27 and Plano 20. Girls results were: Sandwich 58.5, Plano 54, Morris 45.5 and Newark 7.
“It was just great to compete again,” stated head coach Ryan Battersby. “Everyone lost their season last year so we needed this. We were missing a lot of our roster due to overlapping sports (football, volleyball, soccer) but all the teams were in the same boat. We’ll get some athletes back next week and have a full roster. The athletes we have now have been putting in hard work so it’s glad to see them out here having fun.”
Coming in first place for the Morris boys team were Keaton Auwerda in the 400-meter dash (56.15), Noah Smith in the 110-meter hurdles (19.15), and Bryce Claypool in the pole vault (11-0). Second place finishers were: Danny Davy in the 100-meter dash (12.21), Mitch Edwards in the 400-meter dash (57.78), Kaden Welch in the 800-meter run (2:18.99), Brandon Mazzoni in the long jump (19-0), Carter Wills in the triple jump (39-6), Aaron Akin in the shot put (35-6), the 4×200-meter relay team of Mazzoni, Davy, and Sean Smith (1:38.61), and the 4×400 relay team of Davy, Edwards, Noah Smith, and Sean Smith (3:53.24).
First place finishes for the girls team included the 4×200-meter relay team of Isabella Sallese, Emily Strong, Maddy Rushing, and Kyla Kjellesvik. Emily Strong also finished first in the high jump (4-3). Second place finishers included Kjellesvik in the 100-meter dash (14.00), Abby Cunningham in the 3200-meter run (14:19.27), Alexa Edwards in the pole vault (6-6), and Maddy Rushing in the long jump (13-1).
Gardner-South Wilmington 15, Illinois Lutheran 8: Ethan Maxad went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Panthers, while Alex McElroy was 2 for 4 and threw 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief.
Newark 7, Earlville 0: Dalton Reibel was brilliant on the hill Tuesday, throwing a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts. Newark secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fifth inning. The offensive firepower by was led by Luke Hauge, Jake Kruser, Jared Slivka, Lucas Pasakarnis, and Joe Martin, all driving in runs in the inning. Martin was 3 for 3 on the day.
Coal City 8, Lisle 0: Makayla Henline, Natalie Teague (2 doubles) and Kerigan Copes (double) all had three hits to pace Coal City (4-3, 4-0) in the Illinois Central Eight win. Kaitlyn Japser and Addison Gagliardo combined to allow just three hits and strike out nine.
Source: The Daily Chronicle