MHS track teams encounter tough competition in Morris Invitational

Mendota’s Damien Magallanes clears a hurdle on his way to a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles at the Rollie Morris Invitational in Spring Valley on April 13. (Photo courtesy of Bureau County Republican)

SPRING VALLEY – Mendota’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams competed in the Rollie Morris Invitational on April 13 at Spring Valley.

The Lady Trojans finished seventh in the standings out of 12 teams with 40 points. Bureau Valley coasted to the top of the standings with 142 points, while Amboy-LaMoille was second with 75 points.

Mendota had a pair of second-place individual finishes. Lauren Schimmer was runner-up in the high jump at 4-6, while Devin Wade took second in the pole vault with a measurement of 7-0.

Mendota scored 30 points and finished eighth of 10 teams in the boys’ competition. The top two teams were Hall (120) and Streator (116).

Eddy Sandoval turned in Mendota’s best finish on the day, placing second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.52.

April 13 – Rollie Morris



Bureau Valley 142, Amboy-LaMoille 75, Putnam County 64, Hall 56, Streator 56, Newark 50, Mendota 40, Fieldcrest 26, St. Bede 20, Princeton 19, Somonauk 5, Stillman Valley 1

Mendota 2nd place: Lauren Schimmer, high jump, 4-6; Devin Wade, pole vault, 7-0

Mendota 3rd place: 4x200m relay (Kaysee Villegas, Wade, Twila Martinson, Morgan Gonda), 2:04.31; Teghan Tillman, high jump, 4-4

Mendota 4th place: Abby Phalen, 100m dash, 13.75; Tillman, 400m dash, 1:09.53; 4x100m dash (Tillman, Camille Jones, Gonda, Phalen), 54.94

Mendota 6th place: Tillman, long jump, 14-8


Hall 120, Streator 116, Bureau Valley 72, Fieldcrest 61, St. Bede 43, Putnam County 41, Newark 37, Mendota 30, Stillman Valley 24, Somonauk 13

Mendota 2nd place: Eddy Sandoval, 400m dash, 53.52

Mendota 3rd place: Kevin Lewis, discus, 120-8

Mendota 4th place: Damien Magallanes, 110m hurdles, 19.68; 4x800m relay (Jose Sandoval, Tristan Joyce, Tyler Preston, Sam Lawrence), 9:59.08; Cole Stremlau, discus, 106-6

Mendota 5th place: 4x100m relay (Chris Sandoval, Josue Arteaga, Jae’Shaun Hughes, E. Sandoval), 47.15

Mendota 6th place: Hughes, high jump, 5-1; Stremlau, shot put, 37-11


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