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May 7, 2013

Panthers run away with conference crown

MORRISON, Ill. — On one of the first beautiful days of the spring season, Morrison High School played host to the Three Rivers Conference Girls Track and Field Conference Meet on Monday night.

These same conference teams met up at Fulton just three weeks earlier, and at that meet, Erie/Prophetstown ran away with first place while setting five meet records.

E/P’s domination continued at Morrison as it took first place out of the gate and never relinquished. In all, the team totaled 188 points on the day.

With first place all but secured by the Panthers, second place became a battle between Riverdale and Kewanee before Riverdale pulled ahead over the last three events of the night, finishing with 86 points to Kewanee’s 82.

Relying heavily on the Rus sisters, Paige and Peyton, Erie/Prophetstown placed in nearly every event, taking first place in a majority of them. One or both of the Rus sisters were a part of the five records that fell at Fulton. This time, the Panthers broke three records in relay events, and one or both sisters were part of all three. The Cobert sisters, Courtney and Rachel, bookended all three record relays.

The sister duos combined to break the record of 1:49.3 in the 800-meter relay, winning in 1:47.41. Courtney Cobert led off, followed by Peyton Rus, Paige Rus and Rachel Cobert. Courtney Cobert led off and Rachel Cobert anchored the other two record performances. They teamed with Peyton Rus and Heather Strike to win the 400 relay in 49.66, breaking a 28-year-old record (51.30) set by Prophetstown in 1985.

The final record came in the final event. Paige Rus ran the second leg and Corrie Reiley the third as they won the 1,600 relay in 4:07.50, besting the mark of 4:08.1 set by Bureau Valley in 2006.

Fulton/Fulton Unity Christian lagged behind in the standings for the first half of the night as senior standout Erin Wessels was limited in competition by the flu. In the second half, Fulton/Fulton Unity got itself back into the meet and battled Bureau Valley for fourth place up until the last race of the night.

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