Prep Girls Track

Liberty girls dominate Unity Invitational

Highland's Mahala Hendrick participates in the 100mm hurdles during the Unity Invitational track meet at Unity High School in Mendon on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 7:00 am Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 10:55 am

MENDON, Ill. -- Paige Knuffman ran her first race Tuesday since the Liberty girls track team ran at indoor meet in March.

The result was her first outdoor victory of the season.

Knuffman won the 200-meter dash in 28.84 seconds, beating out teammate DeLayshia Seay, who took second in 29.05.

"It felt really good," said Knuffman, who hadn't run in the outdoor season because of a stress fracture in her left foot. "It didn't feel amazing yesterday at practice, but I iced it and it felt good today."

Winning the Unity Invitational team championship felt good, too.

Liberty won easily with 139 points as Highland was second with 111 points. West Hancock was third with 77 points.

The Eagles won the title despite Liberty coach Jared Schmidt limiting distance runner Katelyn Robbins to just the 4x800 relay and the 4x400 relay. She didn't run the 1,600 or 3,200 runs.

"(Schmidt) has us do workouts so we can not only do the 400 but also the mile and things like that," Liberty's Kaela Wellman said. "It's not fun, but it works out."

Liberty's dominance showed that.

The Eagles won four other events. Wellman won the 1,600 in 6:16.72, and Megan Barry won the 3,200 in 13:40.49.

The 4x100 relay team won in 55.78, and the 4x800 relay won in 11:05.28.

The times aren't quite what the Eagles want with the sectional meet just two weeks away, but they're inching closer to them.

"We have a lot of people improving," Knuffman said. "We can only get better."

Freshman Adalyn Johnson led Highland to the second-place finish. Johnson won the 400 in 1:07.80.

Johnson said the switch to Illinois' order of events bothered some of the Cougars' runners, but the only thing they could control was just race.

"You just have to run as hard you can," Johnson said. "You just have to see what luck comes."

Mahala Hendrick won the 100 hurdles for Highland in 20.12 seconds for her first varsity victory. The Cougars' Rebecca Scott won the shot put at 32 feet, 10 inches, and teammate Hannah Cottrell won the discus at 93-6.

Team Standings

Liberty 139, Highland 111, West Hancock 77, Unity 55.5, Central 36, Pleasant Hill 35, Illini West 28.5, Pittsfield 23, Payson Seymour 14

Individual Results

100-meter dash--Lauren Glick (C), 13.94

200-meter dash--Paige Knuffman (L), 28.84

400-meter dash--Adalyn Johnson (H), 1:07.80

800-meter run--Katie Conry (U), 2:40.46

1600-meter run--Kaela Wellman (L), 6:18.72

3200-meter run--Megan Barry (L), 13:40.49

100 hurdles--Mahala Hendrick (H), 20.12

300 hurdles--Skyler McKay (W), 57.28

4x100 relay--Liberty, 55.78

4x200 relay--Central, 1:57.52

4x400 relay--Unity, 4:34.72

4x800 relay--Liberty, 11:05.28

Shot put--Rebecca Scott (H), 32-10

Discus--Hannah Cottrell (H), 93-06

High jump--Kristen Wieneke (PH), 13-9.25

Triple jump--Kristen Wieneke (PH), 30-08

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