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Henry-Midland junior Amanda Kereta (center) runs the anchor leg of the Lady Timberducks’ winning 400-meter relay Tuesday during the Tri-County Conference Track and Field Meet in Henry. Kereta teamed with Lauren Sendelbach, Melanie Yanke and Emma Cluskey to win in 52.5 seconds. Kereta also won the 100 in 12.8 seconds and the 400 in 1:02.2 while placing second in the 200 in 26.8 seconds. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
HENRY — Henry-Midland junior Amanda Kereta has a goal of winning the Tri-County Conference Track and Field Meet all four years of high school.
After Tuesday, she has three down.
Kereta won two individual events, placed second in a third and anchored a relay to victory to help the Lady Timberducks three-peat as Tri-County champions.
“That’s our biggest goal,” Kereta said. “Everything I did today was for my team. Not just for me.”
Henry-Midland finished with 172 points to cruise to the title over Peoria Christian (96), Marquette (85), Putnam County (81), Lowpoint-Washburn/Roanoke-Benson (37), Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (32) and DePue (1).
“Myself along with my team have been working so hard this season — in season and during the offseason we did a lot of work,” H-M senior Lauren Sendelbach said. “We went into the meet really looking for a win. Being a senior and the captain, it just means so much to me and the team.
“My freshman year, we lost by two to Marquette. That stung a little bit. Three years in a row for the win is great. It’s nice to see our years up on the banner in the gym.”
Kereta led the Lady Timberducks by winning the 100-meter dash in 12.8 seconds and the 400 in 1:02.2.
She also placed second in the 200 in 26.8 seconds and ran on H-M’s 400 relay along with Sendelbach, Melanie Yanke and Emma Cluskey that won in 52.5 seconds.
Sendelbach also won three events as she won the 100 hurdles in 17.1 seconds and was a late entry on H-M’s winning 1,600 relay.
Sendelbach usually runs on the relay but wasn’t scheduled to Tuesday since she ran the 300 hurdles, but Yanke suffered an injury during the 300 hurdles, forcing Sendelbach to run the anchor.
She teamed with Jenna Rock, Erin McKee and Amber Kereta to win in 4:27.8.
“That was great,” Sendelbach said about winning the 100 hurdles. “I’ve been working on the 100s for a long time now. It was nice to finally get over the hump of 17.5. The other girls really pushed me. It was nice to sneak in there and get that win.
“I’m super proud of the 4x1. We’ve been working really hard on that. The 4x4 was great. Our fourth runner unfortunately had an injury, so I stepped in for her. … To go in there and get about a nine-second lead was awesome for us, especially for not having our main 4x4.”
McKee, Amber Kereta, Rock and Ronna Pettis won the 3,200 relay for H-M in 11:22.5.
Cassidy Murphy and Dani Aurit won two events each to lead Marquette.
Murphy recorded personal records to sweep the throws for the first time. She threw the discus 87 feet, 7 1/2 inches and tossed the shot put 34-5 1/2.
“I was kind of shocked,” said Murphy, whose previous bests were 78 feet and 33 feet. “I threw personal records in both. I just feel great right now. I was shocked and extremely happy.
“Lately I’ve been bumping up a bit on my weight lifting and I just got my own shot put and was working outside with my sister (former state medalist) Cordy. We were working really hard and I’m just glad it paid off. In the disc ring, I just told myself to relax because I’m always freaking out trying to get the right form. I thought, ‘Just throw, have fun,’ and I did my best.”
Aurit won the 3,200 in 11:40.8 and the 1,600 in 5:35.8, while her sister, Paige, won the 800 in 2:27.9.
Putnam County’s lone individual winner was Paige Griffith in the 300 hurdles. The junior dove across the finish line in 49.1 seconds to narrowly edge Yanke (49.2). She also helped PC’s 800 relay to victory in 1:56.6 along with Lauren Colby, McKenna Downey and Lydia Warren.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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