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April 30, 2014

Northeast makes push to win Invitational

GOOSE LAKE — Northeast and Camanche had a close margin between one another as the Northeast Invitational girls track and field meet drew closer to the end.

But, as the scoreboard showed at the end much as how the 400-meter relay ended, Northeast found itself with a comfortable lead.

Northeast defeated Camanche 164-143 in the eight-school meet Tuesday, but they were the lone two schools to reach the 100-point team scoring mark. Two athletes who played a big part on their teams were Northeast’s Tierra Hildebrandt and Camanche’s Libby Schnoor.

Hildebrandt won the 100-meter dash in 12.48 seconds, 99-hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher, Sunkyu Holbert of Durant-Bennett.

Then, Hildebrandt won the 200 ahead of Camanche’s Jordan Nissen with a time of 26.38. That was a new season-best for the Northeast junior, as her previous best (26.41) came April 8 in Camanche, for fourth-best in Class 2A.

“I’ve been running pretty slow during the season so far, and tonight, my 100 and 200 were quite a bit faster, I felt,” Hildebrandt said. “I think the four-by-100 race still needs a little work with handoffs, but all in all, it was a good night.”

According to QuikStats, Nissen’s 27.49-second performance in the 200 on Tuesday night also was a season-best.

Northeast sophomore Aleenah Marcucci defended her home track, as well, winning the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Marcucci ran the 100 hurdles in 15.76 seconds and the 400 in 1:08.42.

Schnoor also had a big night on the track. She started off with a win in the high jump, leaping 5 feet even. Shauna McAleer, Addie Oberman and Whitney Petersen also competed for Northeast.

Later, Schnoor got an individual win in the 800, crossing the finish line at 2:30.63. It’s not quite the best time she has gotten this season (2:29.54 at Camanche, April 8), but Tuesday’s time still was good enough for 12th fastest in Class 2A.

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