Hononegah Classic helps kick off track season

Area jumpers compete during the high jump competition at the Second Annual Hononegah Track & Field Classic. Featuring 26 schools in all, the Classic is one of the largest indoor track events in the state. Photo by Matt Nestor

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

The 2010 high school track season got off to a strong start with one of the largest indoor events of the season.

Twenty-six schools came to Hononegah to compete in the second annual Hononegah Track & Field Classic. The event took place indoors inside the dome on campus.

Several area schools were among the teams competing and gave strong showings as the season begins. Belvidere North and Hononegah both finished in the top 10 of the team standings, with the Blue Thunder seventh with 33 points, while the Indians were 10th with 30.

Centrena Simmons of Belvidere North helped get to the seventh-place finish, with strong showings in several events. She tied for second in the high jump and also finished 10th in the 200-meter dash.

Baily Murphy also did well for the Blue Thunder. She finished second in the 200-meter low hurdles and 10th in the 55-meter high hurdles.

Murphy also helped North dominate the pole vault, where she took first, and teammate Ashley Graff was second. Gloria Young was eighth in the event for the Blue Thunder as well.

Hononegah’s Courtney Clayton was one of the standouts of the entire meet. She placed in four different events.

Clayton won the 400-meter dash with a meet record time of 1:01.21. She was also fifth in the 55-meter dash, and seventh in the 200-meter dash. She also ran the third leg on the 4×400-meter relay, where Kelsey Laska, Sabiyah Minor and Mandy Coleman helped for a sixth-place finish.

Downers Grove North won the meet with 114.50 team points overall. They were able to dominate the relays, winning three of the races among their strong finishes.

Aurora West was second with 103 points. They were led by the biggest star of the day.

Shanice Andrews won the triple jump, the 55-meter high hurdles and the 200-meter low hurdles. Andrews also finished second in the long jump.

Kellion Gordon of Niles West was also one of the biggest stars of the events. She won the 200-meter dash and the 55-meter dash.

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From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue

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