CHAMPAIGN — Mahomet-Seymour needed a big performance from their senior star if they wanted to win the Champaign Central Invite last Saturday. They got it. Lakeida Nichols blazed her way to wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, and she placed second in the long jump to help M-S edge out six other squads.
The Bulldogs finished with 145 team points. Peoria Notre Dame was second with 132 and Champaign Centennial took home third place after they accumulated 111 points.
Nichols wasn’t the only Bulldog who had a strong performance. Freshman Elizabeth Sims finished first in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 33.4 seconds. Senior Brisa McGrath was right on her tail and place second, nearly 30 seconds ahead of Peoria Notre Dame’s Irene Ehrhart.
Mara Pletcher and Cece Abramson finished first and second in the pole vault. Pletcher cleared 10-6 and Abramson was at 9-8.
Sylvia Byron placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 17.9 seconds, and she also took home third place in the triple jump with a leap of 32-7. The Bulldogs won a sixth event when Kelin Powell, Emily Bednar, Chloe Allen and Gretchen Scheele first in the 4-x-800 meter relay.
Allen, Riley Watson, Madi Balbach and Emily Parrott placed second in the 4-x-400 meter relay with a solid time of 4:38.71. Balbach didn’t just do her damage in the relays. She placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and third in the high jump with a leap of 4-4.
Bednar and Powell placed fifth and sixth in the 800-meter race.
Hailee McCall-Ochs had her best performance of the season in the shot put, placing third after a throw of 32-1.5. Gwen Tee was sixth at 27-1. Andrea Penrose placed fourth with a personal record in the discus at 87-9. McCall-Ochs was fifth with a season-best throw of 86 feet.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Urbana Invitational today. That’ll get started at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, M-S will travel to Taylorville for the Apollo Conference Meet. Action will begin at 3 p.m.