CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Fulton girls’ track and field team qualified three events for the finals this weekend during preliminary action Thursday afternoon on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
As expected, shot put standout Chloe Lindeman advanced with her toss of 45-6 1/2, which led the entire field. Daekota Knott impressed in the triple jump (37-00.25) and is one of just four qualifiers to surpass 37 feet.
The Steamers’ quartet of Alyjah Carter, Kearra Kohrt, Knott and Julia Lehman) turned heads in the 4x100 relay, finishing in 50.11 to win their heat and capture the second-best mark of all teams set to advance to the finals on Saturday.
Morrison’s Jordan Gallentine is moving on in the 400 dash with a time of 1:01.04, which ranked second in her heat and sixth overall.
The finals begin Saturday morning with Knott and the triple jump at 10 a.m.
Steamers fall in title match
STERLING – After erupting for 11 runs the day before, the Fulton softball team couldn’t string together hits when it mattered most.
The Steamers received another strong pitching performance from Liz Fish but only nabbed four hits to dispel its regional repeat aspirations, falling 3-0 to host Sterling Newman in the title game Thursday night.
The game was moved to Thursday from Friday due to a forecast of inclement weather. The Steamers beat Stockton/Warren 11-1 on Thursday while Sterling Newman had an extra day off after winning its semifinal game Wednesday.
Both teams were scoreless through three innings, but Newman’s Hailey Frank led off the fourth with a triple and later scored on a wild pitch. The Comets also tacked on a run in both the fifth and sixth.
The Steamers’ four hits were registered by two hitters: Emily Banker and Faith Ottens, who both had two.
Fulton didn’t generate many legitimate scoring opportunities, as the team’s best chances were Banker’s leadoff double in the second inning that she unsuccessfully attempted to stretch into a triple and Ottens’ lead-off single in the fourth to set up the heart of the order but remained on first base the rest of the inning.
Newman’s Elle Koerner earned the complete game shutout, fanning five batters and walking none. Fish also went the distance, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits.
The Steamers end the season with a 13-10 overall record.