RHS 8th in Outstanding

North Central Invite


   Richwoods High School Women's Track team continued its annual schedule of increasingly difficult invitational meets with its trip to Champaign Centennial High School to compete in its 16 team North-Central Invitational, an A-B-C format competition. The meet is so named for its attempt to bring together some of the best avaialable competition from both the north and the central portions of the state. The reputation of the meet as being one of the stronger during the season remained intact. The meet saw the Knights confronted by the powerhouse teams from Moline and Rock Island again, who were joined by similarly strong Conant, Lyons Township and Prospect.


    The Knights performed reasonably well, but were far from their best, in claiming 8th place in the meet. For the 2nd straight week of invitational competition the Knights were limited to a single victory, and for the second straight week it was Ashley Gordon winning the Class C 100 meter dash.


    The 4 x 100 meter relay group of Barbara Hale, Laura Unes, Ashley Gordon and Alisha Smith lowered the Knights' standard for the yesr to :50.3 which places it 6th on the All-Time Richwoods list.


Brittney Wallace continued to improve in the 300 hurdles with her :50.5 clocking. This pushed her ahead of Adrienne Moos into 9th on the RHS best chart.


Jamie Powers moved past Gina Knobloch into 19th place on the RHS lists in setting a personal best with a 89' 5" throw in the discus which allowed her to claim a 3rd place medal at the meet. Deja Davis also won a 3rd place medal with her :64.4 personal best in the 400 meter dash and moved up to 26th on the RHS lists.


    The Richwoods pole vault trio of Shauna Wills, Carrie Knapp and Dianna He each managed to score in their respective divisions with He taking home a 5th place medal (missing 4th by a tie-breaker) and a personal best of 6' 6".


    Other personal bests for the season included the Johnson sisters - Moriah in the 3200 meter run in 13:18.1 and Courtney with a :70.5 in the 400 meter dash, Robin Pestien with a 6:20.1 in the 1600, and Amber Gayles :18.5 time for the 100 hurdles.


    The most unusual race of the day saw the Knights' 4 x 400 relay team of Brittney Wallace, Courtney Johnson, LaPorschua Lindsey and Deja Davis running what clearly was the best RHS effort in the event of the year, only to be denied their time when the baton was knocked loose from Deja Davis down the finishing straight. All was not lost in the effort however as LaPorschua Lindsey pleasantly surprised the team with a :66 split allowing her to emerge as a fresh contender on the team.