RPS girls dominate jumps at NIC-10 meet

ROCKFORD – Rockford Public Schools athletes swept the jumping events at the girls NIC-10 track meet at Auburn Thursday night.

Guilford’s Valerie Daehler won the long jump and tied for first in the high jump, while teammate Shaniah Johnson took first place in the triple jump. East’s Kayla Wells added to the collection by winning the pole vault.

Daehler edged Harlem’s Olivia Lewis in the long jump with a jump of 16-6 1/4. Lewis’ best was a 16-6. In the high jump, Daehler had set Guilford’s school record earlier in the year, but the best she could manage in the cold, rainy conditions was a 5-2. That allowed Belvidere North’s Brookelyn Messenger and Madison Diercks to tie her for first place.

Johnson had an easier time of it in the triple jump. Her distance of 36-10 far surpassed Gloria Oteng-Bediako of North, who recorded a 35-8.

Wells also won easily. Her top height of 9-6 easily beat Kayla Hesano of North, who vaulted 9-0.

The four titles was the most for District 205 in a girls NIC-10 meet since 2015, when it also won four. In 2018, District 205 was shut out of first-place finishes.

RPS athletes recorded four other top three finishes.

  • Jefferson’s Hazel McClinton was second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
  • Isabelle Roethle of Auburn finished third in the 800 meters.
  • Tya-Noelle Diwo, Deovannie Horton, Serenity Stevens and Tanajia Prowell of East teamed up to take third in the 4×200-meter relay.

Posted on 05.02.19