Rantoul girls finish 13th at Charleston Invitational

Anyone looking at the Rantoul Lady Eagles lineup in track and field will recognize two things.

One of those things is they will recognize the Lady Eagles have pure quality in a number of areas. The other is they need to fill some holes.

But, on Saturday, with that quality, Rantoul finished 13th out 31 teams in the Charleston High School Girls Invitational. They competed in the combined Class AA/AAA Division. They scored 16 points and were only eight points from the top 10 as Tolono Unity took 10th with 24 points. Crete-Monee took first with 66 points.

That success starts with three Eagle top five finishes, two of which were in the top three. In the field, Mye'joi Williams took third with the best indoor throw of her career, finishing with a toss of 39 feet, 2.5 inches. Triad senior Kelly Pottorff took first with a toss of 40-1.

In the 200-meter dash, Tanaya Young took third with an effort of 27.27 seconds. She was less than 1/5th of a second from taking second place as the second place finisher, Marion's Jaidyn Porter, dashed to the finish line in :27.15. Crete-Monee junior Lyn'Nikka Vance won the event with a time of :26.14.

"I knew Tanaya was fast, but this was her first 200-meter dash and third place is an impressive finish," said Benjamin Hankes, the girl's head coach. "Especially to do that indoors."

Lovenya Perry scored Rantoul's other points, taking fifth in the 400-meter dash. She finished in 1:02.21. Like the 200-meter dash, it was tightly packed and no competitor broke 1:00.

"She battled seniors to take fifth," said Hankes of Perry. "She is going to have a career. Both her and Tanaya ran blazing times and really got after it."

In addition to her finish in the 200-meter dash, Young also cracked the top 15 in the long jump. Young took 14th with a leap of 14-10.

Sophomore Peyton Huls ran to a personal best in the 800-meter run. The Eagle middle distance runner finished in 2:42.28, which was good for 20th.

Jaz-Meon McClyde and Kaylie Wilson each took 23rd in their respective events. McClyde finished the 60-meter dash in :08.56, while Wilson, who gave Williams back up in the shot put, threw the four kilogram iron ball 30-2.5.

"We obviously have some talent in the shot put," said Hankes. "Mye'joi threw very well and Kaylie threw her indoor personal best. Kaylie keeps getting better and better."

Hope Russell, a senior, finished the 1,600-meter run in 6:49.27 to take 45th. Azaria Isom, another freshman, took 55th in the 60-meter dash, finishing in :09.71.

"Hope is ahead of where she was one year ago," said Hankes. "Peyton cut her time in the 800-meter by eight seconds, while Jaz-Meon showed promise in the 60-meter dash. She easily won her heat."

The Eagles also fielded a team in the 800-meter relay, which finished 27th in 2:03.52, and 1,600-meter relay, which finished 29th in 5:14.50.

The Lady Eagles will compete in the Gene Armer Invitational this weekend, which will be held at the University of Illinois Armory. Urbana High School is the host of the meet. It is the final meet before the Top Times Meet is held at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The Top Times Meet is commonly known as the "unofficial indoor state final".

"One girl (Mye'joi) should be a lock," said Hankes. "We are hoping by the the end of the Gene Armer Invitational, we will have a couple of others in the Top Times Meet as well."



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