MAHOMET — It’s early in her high school career, but freshman Elizabeth Sims is already making a huge impact.
The youngster had an outstanding performance in Saturday’s 17-team Urbana Invitational. Sims dominated the 3,200-meter race, finishing in 11 minutes, 42.94 seconds to take home first place. It was a personal record for Sims, and she bested the competition by nearly 25 seconds.
Sims wasn’t just a one-race wonder. She also finished third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:30.65. She was 16 seconds behind Urbana’s Olivia Rosenstein, and she was the only freshman to finish in the top-8.
Teammate Brisa McGrath had an outstanding time of 5:33.56 which placed fifth. Sims and McGrath both have the potential to earn some points for M-S at the state meet.
Sims and McGrath both were huge on Saturday to help the Bulldogs tie for eighth as a team.
Springfield Southeast ran away with the title with 117 points, but the Bulldogs were just two points away from having sole possession of sixth place.
Freshman pole vaulter Cece Abramson vaulted 10-feet, 6 inches to place second. Mara Pletcher cleared 9-6 to take home fifth.
Freshmen Emily Bednar and Klein Powell both ran personal records in the 800-meter race. Bednar blazed to 10th with a time of 2:38.21. Powell was nipping on her heels and finished 12th, just two seconds behind with a time of 2:40.94. It was a fantastic showing by the two freshmen.
Gretchen Scheele placed 11th in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 1:07.06. Sylvia Byron placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 17.96. Amaya Francom was 10th with a PR of 18.57. Francom ran a personal record in the 300-meter hurdles, and the freshman placed sixth with a career-best time of 51.74 seconds. Byron took home ninth place.
Sophomore Hailee McCall-Ochs placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 30-feet, 3 inches.
Madi Balbach cleared 4-4 in the high jump to tie for 10th.
Mahomet-Seymour competed in the Apollo Conference meet on Thursday, but results weren’t available at press time.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday, May 9, in the Class 2A IHSA sectional meet at Unity High School. The meet is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.