The first big outdoor invitational is the season is nearly here for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ track and field team.
The Spartans will visit Tolono on Friday for the annual Unity Invitational. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. with a bevy of area teams expected to compete with the Spartans.
SJO got in some work earlier this week on Monday during a triangular meet at Rantoul, going against the host Eagles and Charleston.
Maclayne Taylor sparked the Spartans by winning both the 100-meter dash (12.87 seconds) and the 200 (26.60).
Ashlyn Lannert picked up a win in the 800 (2:39.65) and Jillian Plotner crossed the finish line first in the 1,600 (5:26.33).
Rylee Sjuts in the 100 hurdles (18.92) and Payton Vallee in the discus (112 feet, 6 inches) also claimed first-place showings for SJO.
The Spartans earned runner-up finishes in nine events. Atleigh Hamilton took second in the 200 (27.02) and the long jump (16-2) while she also ran the anchor leg of the 400
Behrens in the 400 (1:14.62), Bagby in the 1,600 (5:32.91), Chahine in the high jump (4-10), Hailey Birt in the 200 (28.54), Kailyn Ingram in the 800 (2:42.23), Malorie Sarnecki in the triple jump (26-0) and Lindsey Aden in the shot put (29-11.75) all chipped in for the Spartans with third-place finishes in their respective events.
After the Unity Invitational on Friday, the Spartans are slated to head back to Tolono next Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. quadrangular meet with the host Rockets, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman and Salt Fork.