MANLIUS, Ill. — Defending Illinois Class 1A state runner-up Erie/Prophetstown placed second in its girls regional track and field meet Thursday, and the Panthers qualified for next week’s state meet in eight events.
Kewanee Wethersfield was the champion of the Bureau Valley Sectional with 108 points, while Erie/Prophetstown was second with 81. Morrison edged Fulton/Fulton Unity 28-27 for seventh place. Champions and runners-up in each of the 18 events qualified for state, along with any other individuals who met the various state-qualifying standards.
The Steamers qualified a pair of distance runners for the state meet at Eastern Illinois University.
Averi Leitzen placed second in the 1,600 meters to earn an automatic berth. Erin McKee of Henry-Senachwine won the race in 5 minutes, 27.39 seconds, while Leitzen finished in 5:30.57. Jordan Price moved on in the 3,200, too. She placed third, but her time of 11:57.12 was well below the qualifying standard of 12:12.24 for finishers outside of the top two.
Morrison’s Brandi Hosford won the triple jump, going 34 feet, 11.5 inches, and teammate Kassidee Church placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.93 seconds.
Erie/Prophetstown claimed wins in the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays, and the Panthers also were second in the 3,200 relay.
Individually for Erie/Prophetstown, Rachel Cobert took second in the triple jump (34-6.5), Courtney Cobert was second in the 100 (13.10), Corrie Reiley placed second in the 800 (2:31.55) and Alyssa Howell finished second in the shot put (36-0).