Strong Outing Earns Knights

2nd at Galesburg Invitational


   The Knights traveled to their first invitational of the new season and posted a strong 2nd place finish at Galesburg. In what turned out to be a dogfight with the host Silver Streaks, Richwoods finished the evening with a meet leading six victories. Galesburg's supporting cast coupled with their 4 wins provided their victory margin.


    The Knights' rapidly evolving field power was again evident. The Richwoods field contingent was once more led by Delaina Martin. Martin maintained her top seed in both the shotput and discus winning gold in both throws. She continued her assault on the RHS record book with a record 114' 4" discus effort. Delaina's winning throw in the shot was 35' 5". Barbara Hale's winning long jump effort of 16' 10" moved her to the Number Three spot in Richwoods All Time Bests. The Knights claimed a total of 7 field scoring places with high jumps by Julie Kaspar and Nathalie Razo producing 4th and 5th respectively, Desiree Parkman throwing to 5th in the discus, and Shauna Wills finishing 5th in the pole vault.


    Not to be outdone by their field counterparts, the tracksters also claimed gold in three events. The Knights 4 x 100 Relay team of Barbara Hale, Leah Loggin, Ashley Gordon and Alisha Smith provided the most spectacular effort of the meet by setting the meet record in a :50.5 clocking. The mark eclipsed the previous record set held by Peoria High School and Galesburg by a full second. The time is also Number 8 on the RHS Best List. Other wins on the track were registered by Alisha Smith in the 100 m dash (:12.6) and Brittney Wallace in the 300 m low hurdles (:50.8). Brittney's new career best moved her to 10th on the RHS All Time chart.  Other scorers on the track included Barbara Hale (100 m - 3rd), 4 x 200 Relay (3rd), Alisha Smith (200m - 4th), Deja Davis (400 m - 5th), Leah Loggin (300 m hurdles - 5th), Ashley Gordon (200 m - 6th) and Nathalie Razo  (100 m hurdles - 6th).


    The two most exciting races of the evening both involved Knights runners in the second sections of a distance event. In the 3200 m run Rieko Kojima outsprinted the Bloomington runner (who was well over 1' taller) with whom she had run side by side for several laps to claim the heat victory. In the 1600 m run Moriah Johnson who had been boxed for nearly the entire event by 2 Notre Dame competitors broke to the 3rd lane down the finishing straightaway winning in a career best 6:02.


                                                   Team Standings

                                                1.   Galesburg  (109)

                                                2.   Richwoods (91)

                                                3.   Bloomington (84)

                                                4.   East Peoria (64)

                                                5.   Geneseo (61)

                                                6.   Normal West (57)

                                                7.   Notre Dame (54)

                                                8.   East Moline (46)

                                                9.   Morton (12)

                                                10. Peoria High (10)

                                                11. Rock Island Alleman (1)


Position changes on the all-time Richwoods performance lists:


Delaina Martin 1st Discus 114'  4"
Barbara Hale 3rd Long Jump 16' 10"
4 x 100  8th :50.5
Brittney Wallace 10th 300 H :50.8
Deja Davis 29th 400 :65.2