Finley takes pair of firsts in IV Invite

OTTAWA – Mendota’s boys’ and girls’ track teams competed in the Illinois Valley Invitational on May 9 at Ottawa.

The Lady Trojans finished in fourth place with 39 points. The top three teams were St. Bede (173), Hall (146) and Streator (133).

Alexis Finley turned in a pair of first-place finishes for Mendota. She crossed the finish line ahead of the pack in the 800-meter run (2:57.65) and the 1600-meter run (6:50.86).

The Lady Trojans also took fourth place in four events.

In the boys’ meet, Mendota scored 20 points and finished in sixth place. Ottawa (151) and LaSalle-Peru (127) occupied the top two positions.

The Trojans’ 4x800 meter relay team had the best finish on the day, taking third place with a time of 9:46.54. Mendota runners were Anthony Kelson, Jacob Carr, Kody Chase and Mason Koch.

Mendota placed fourth in two events.

May 9

Illinois Valley Invite


St. Bede 173, Hall 146, Streator 133, Mendota 39

Mendota 1st place: Alexis Finley, 800m run, 2:57.65; Finley, 1600m run, 6:50.86

Mendota 4th place: Grace Wasmer, 200m dash, 31.6; 4x400m relay (Natalie Bodmer, Ashley Caracheo, Finley, Wasmer), 5:27.75; Bodmer, discus, 59-5; Wasmer, long jump, 13-1

Mendota 5th place: Bodmer, 400m dash, 1:18.71

Mendota 6th place: Dessa Komitas, 400m dash, 1:33.05

Mendota 7th place: Wasmer, 100m dash, 14.8; Bodmer, 200m dash, 36.09

Mendota 8th place: Caracheo, 100m dash, 16.96; Komitas, discus, 40-6; Caracheo, long jump, 10-0


Ottawa 151, LaSalle-Peru 127, Streator 116, St. Bede 86, Hall 51, Mendota 20

Mendota 3rd place: 4x800m relay (Anthony Kelson, Jacob Carr, Kody Chase, Mason Koch), 9:41.54

Mendota 4th place: Chase, 1600m run, 5:27.98; Koch, long jump, 17-4

Mendota 5th place: Koch, 400m dash, 1:00; 4x400m relay (Kelson, Koch, Chase, Jose Belmonte), 4:12.04

Mendota 6th place: Kelson, 110m hurdles, 19.32; Kelson, 300m hurdles, 47.49


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