Mendota’s Mari Biers clears a hurdle down the home stretch during the Mendota Class 2A Sectional on May 12. Plano’s Alyssa Dolan (behind in purple) managed to surpass Biers after the final hurdle to take first place, while Biers finished second in the 300-meter event. (Reporter photo)
MENDOTA – Two Mendota High School girls’ track team members earned places in the state meet after competing in the Mendota Class 2A Girls’ Sectional Track Meet on May 12 at the MHS track.
Senior Mari Biers qualified in the 300-meter low hurdles after she ran a second-place time of 48.08. Biers led throughout much of the race, but was nipped at the wire by Plano’s Alyssa Dolan, who had a time of 47.8.
Sophomore Lydia Willis will join Biers at the state meet after she took second-place honors in the discus with a measurement of 113-4. First place went to Kaylynne Terry of Streator with a distance of 114-7.
Biers and Willis narrowly missed qualifying for state in one other event. Biers finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, while Willis took third in the shot put.
Lydia Willis winds up for a turn in the discus throw at the Mendota Sectional. (Reporter photo)
The top two finishers in each event earn automatic bids to the state, in addition to those athletes that meet the state qualifying standard set in each event.
Mendota finished eighth in the team standings with 31 points. LaSalle-Peru dominated the competition to finish as sectional champions with 103 points. There were 15 teams in the meet.
The state meet will be held May 18-20 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
May 12 – Mendota Sectional
LaSalle-Peru 103, Sandwich 78, New Lenox (Providence Catholic) 69, Streator 53, Plano 45, Pontiac 36, Fairbury (Prairie Central) 34, Mendota 31, Morris 30, Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 26, Herscher 20, Kewanee 12, Wilmington 9, Princeton 9, Coal City 3
Mendota 2nd place: *Mari Biers, 300m hurdles, 48.08; *Lydia Willis, discus, 113-3
Mendota 3rd place: Biers, 100m hurdles, 17.04; Willis, shot put, 33-0.25
Mendota 5th place: Abby Phalen, triple jump, 34-2
Mendota 6th place: 4x100m relay (Biers, Kylee Zinke, Emma Foley, Phalen Hessenberger), 53.25
(* indicates state qualifier)