Four indoor meets produced several first-place finishes and personal records for the Pekin girls track and field team.
The Dragons completed the indoor portion of their schedule Monday at the Clinton Last Chance Invitational at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center and Pekin coach Christina MacEwan couldn’t have been happier about what she witnessed from her athletes.
“This was a great last indoor meet for us,” she said. “Great placement in events and even more personal records. I’m really excited to see what happens in our outdoor meets.”
Pekin’s Paige Arseneau was second in the 1600 (personal-record 5:18.86), Hope Watts was second in the 60 (personal-record :8.03) and third in the 200 (personal-record :27.48), Lily Wagemann was third in the 800 (2:32.61), Gabi Salazar was fifth in shot put (35-6) and the Dragons’ 4x800 relay team of Arseneau, Braelyn Oberle, Emma Wolfe and Wagemann was fifth (10:41.49).
Clinton’s Payne Turney won the 1600 (5:17.23), beating Arseneau. Monticello’s Alyssa McPike was third (5:18.90).
Bloomington’s Bailey McGill won the 60 (:8.00), just .03 seconds ahead of Watts. Monticello’s Mattie Lieb (:26.59) and McGill (:27.42) finished in front of Watts in the 200.
Mt. Zion’s Taylor Fox (2:30.78) and Bloomington Central Catholic’s Abby Lewis (2:32.55) beat Wagemann in the 800.
Pekin competed March 14 in the Lady Wildcat Invitational hosted by Normal West at the Shirk Center.
Arseneau won the 1600 (personal-record 5:22.58), Wagemann won the 800 (personal-record 2:31.45), Watts was third in the 60 (personal-record :8.09) and fourth in the 200 (:27.57) and Salazar was sixth in shot put (personal-record 35-9).
Eureka’s Emma Argo was the runner-up behind Arseneau in 1600 (5:24.35) and Mattoon’s Mickenzie Schofield finished second in the 800 (2:31.87), just .42 seconds behind Wagemann.
Springfield’s Ozzy Erewele (:7.58) and Hume Shiloh’s Katelyn Long (:8.02) finished in front of Watts in the 60.
Pekin tied for seventh place in the team standings with Decatur St. Teresa, each with 31 points.
Springfield (58), Mattoon (50), Normal West (37), Eureka and Springfield Lanphier (36) and Mahomet-Seymour (33) finished in front of the Dragons in the 22-team field.
Pekin participated March 10 in the Charleston Invitational in Eastern Illinois University’s Lantz Fieldhouse.
Competing in Class 2A-3A, Arseneau won the 3200 (11:42.26) and was second in the 1600 (5:36.26), Watts was sixth in the 60 (:8.13) and 200 (:27.67) and Wagemann was sixth in the 800 (2:34.07).
Pike (11:44.34), Mahomet-Seymour’s Brisa McGrath (11:46.02) and Argo (11:47.03) weren’t far behind Arseneau in the 3200. McGrath won the 1600 (5:28.72), edging out Arseneau.
Pekin scored 27 points and was eighth among 31 teams. Crete-Monee (66), Mahomet-Seymour (57), Belleville West (50), Monticello (48), Belleville East (40), Mattoon (33) and Eureka (29) finished in front of the Dragons.
Pekin competed March 3 in the Bloomington Lady Raider Invitational at the Shirk Center. The highlight of that meet for the Dragons was Arseneau’s win in the 1600 (5:27.87).
NEXT: Lady Dragons Relays at Pekin, 10 a.m. March 31.
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