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home : sports : sports   December 17, 2014

5/13/2014 11:11:00 AM
Girls track and field: Rocha continues to set records


Hall freshman Madi Quinn does her best Superman impression in the pole vault at Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet in Ottawa. Quinn on the pole vault, the 100-meters hurdles and was part of the Lady Red Devils victorious 400 relay team. Hall finished second (119) behind La Salle-Peru (141).NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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Hall freshman Madi Quinn does her best Superman impression in the pole vault at Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet in Ottawa. Quinn on the pole vault, the 100-meters hurdles and was part of the Lady Red Devils victorious 400 relay team. Hall finished second (119) behind La Salle-Peru (141).
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Mendota senior Elivia Ambler placed second in the long jump at  Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet in Ottawa.NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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Mendota senior Elivia Ambler placed second in the long jump at  Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet in Ottawa.
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Jared Bell
Sports Writer



OTTAWA — Lesley Rocha has been on the attack the past four days.

In addition to competing with the top talent in the area and in the conference, the junior on the La Salle-Peru girls track and field team has also been on the assault of the L-P record book.

Since last Friday, Rocha has set four new school records, two of which she bettered her own school record and one of which she set at Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet in Ottawa.

“It feels awesome, and it feels like it’s not even me,” Rocha said. “For me to be breaking records is incredible.”

Rocha bettered her own school record in the 1,600-meter run at Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Meet and was also a member of the Lady Cavaliers 1,600 relay that bettered its own school record.

Also Friday, Rocha set a new school record in the 3,200, and on Monday she set a school record in the 800.

“She has just been running very solid,” L-P coach John Beatty said. “She usually comes off running a state-qualifying time in the mile and goes right into the 4x4 in most meets and is usually our best split in the relay. It’s amazing to see.”

On Monday, Rocha was one of three area athletes to win three events.

The Lady Cavs star ran to victory in the 800 with a time of 2:21.68 and also prevailed in the 1,600 with a mark of 5:26.82.

She then teamed with Hannah Uranich, Sarah Robinson and Megan Krolak to post a mark of 4:17.30 to win the 1,600 relay.

The titles were part of eight events that L-P (141) won to help lift it to team title ahead of second-place Hall (119), third-place Mendota (90) and fourth-place Ottawa (83).

It’s the second straight year the Lady Cavs have won the meet.

“I told the girls that we wanted to win this year by a bigger margin than the one-point margin that we won with last year and we ended up doing that, which is great,” Beatty said.

In addition to the 1,600 relay, L-P’s 800 relay of Chabela Fuentas, Alyssa Pflibsen, Robinson and Abby Coutre were victorious with a time of 1:53.90.

In the individual events, Robinson won the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.52 to claim her third title, while Krolak won the 3,200 with a mark of 12:08.00.

Coutre also added a victory in the 200 with a time of 27.30, while Shay Scheri won the long jump with a leap of 15-10 1/2.

While Rocha and Robinson both won three events, so too did Hall’s Madi Quinn.

The freshman won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.14, the pole vault with a vault of 9-9 before she stopped and teamed with Brittany Foster, Brooke Keegan and Tanja Acamovic to take the 400 relay with a mark of 52.97.

“Today was better than I expected,” Quinn admitted. “Our relay was really strong, which is great because we had really wanted that for awhile. The hurdles I surprised myself because it was my third (personal record) this year, and the pole vault felt really good, too.”

Hall’s Jenna Lusietto leapt 5-0 and won the high jump on jumps, while Carlee Yuvan won the discus with a throw of 100-5.

Mendota’s Elizabeth Willis won the shot put with a toss of 38-4 1/2, while teammate JoEllyn Parks won the triple jump with a leap of 32-8.

Marquette‘s Paige Aurit took the 400 with a time of 1:02.44, while Mekenzie Mattes won the 100 with a time of 13.09.

Ottawa‘s 3,200 relay of Kasia Miceli, Eden Brewer, Julia Long and Mia Carrera won with a time of 10:30.73.

Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at sports@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.












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