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Minooka, Prospect one-two at Cougar Twilight

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By Michael Eaken
Daily Herald Correspondent

Junior Janile Rogers won three events in powering Minooka to the title with 235 points at the 22nd annual Cougar Twilight at Conant.

Rogers started her successful run by hitting a nifty 18-10 in the long jump.

The junior then won the 100-meter (12.1) and the 200-meter (25.9).

Prospect hung tough with Minooka and took second with 222 points, followed by Lake Park (151 points) Hoffman Estates (134 points), and Hersey (133 points).

Minooka won 7 events in Class A, in the three-class meet.

But the Indians also dominated in Class B and C.

Erin Reese led Prospect by taking first in the discus (127-4) and second in the shot put (40-4).

Sophomore Catherine Sherwood also was busy taking first in Class B triple jump (36-3.75), adding a second in the Class A long jump (17-1.5), and adding a third-place finish in the 200 (27.1).

"I was happy with my triple jump, and I am going to continue to work on long jump and my sprints," said Sherwood who also helped lead Prospect to a second-place finish in the 400 relay.

The Knights also took second in the 1,600 relay (4:12.3) and in the 3,200 relay (9:40.2).

Junior Christina Santiago ran to an impressive second in the 3,200 (10:58.6) and Jess Skudlarek took second in the high jump (5-4).

Tyshai Freeman powered Lake Park taking first in both the high jump (5-5) and triple jump (36-11.75), then adding a third-place finish in the long jump (16-9.5).

"I am really happy with the way my triple jump is progressing," said Freeman, "It was an exciting night."

Senior Maya Golliday tied a personal best by clearing 12-0 and taking first in the pole vault. Golliday helped the Lancers to a sweep in the pole vault with Danielle Wojciechowski (11-0) and Alexis Sotis (10-6) taking first in the Class B and C.

"That mark definitely gives me confidence," said Golliday, "but I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

Freshman Meagan Biddle was in total control in taking first in the 1,600 (5:07.2) in leading Hoffman Estates.

Biddle set the tone early, and then pushed it late separating herself from the field.

"It's a lot mental," said Biddle, who helped lift an impressive Hoffman distance that attack. "We all work well together."

Junior Banke Oginni continued to impress by taking first in the shot put (44-0) in aiding the Hawks.

Oginni has offered a consistent approach and added second place in the discus (118-5).

"Everything is coming together," said Oginni, "and now I'm looking to go big when it counts."

Senior Michelle Brown (15.7) took first in the 100 high hurdles to lead Hersey.

"I've been doing pretty well this season," added Brown, "and with the weather being a bit better tonight, I saw a chance and I wanted to take it."

Sophomore Kelly Hill took second in the pole vault (10-6), and senior Meg Cerniglia hit big in winning the Class B long jump (17-7).

Megan Seidle came from behind to win the 400 (1:00.4) and added a second-place finish in the 200 (26.9) in leading Bartlett.

"I really wanted to push myself that last 100," said Seidle of her 400 victory. "I've been dropping my time, so I am happy about that."

Freshman Kaitlyn Ko also had an impressive evening taking first in the 3,200 (10:55.8) and second in the 1,600 (5:11.2).

For Ko, it marked the first time dipping under 11:00 in the 3,200, and she came back with a strong 1,600.

"I felt pretty good today," Ko said, "This meet definitely made me feel better about where I am."

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