Melissa senior Priscilla Adejokun swept up gold medals in the shot put and discus competition on Saturday, March 4, at the Lovejoy Invitational track meet, as senior teammate Maddie Kane nabbed silver in the 300-meter hurdles. Adejokun’s winning shot put throw traveled 40 feet, 11 inches and her discus toss of 134 feet, 4.5 inches not only won, but was her new personal-best distance. Kane’s second-place time in the 300 hurdles was 48.18 seconds.
Lady Cardinals head coach Theodore Mackey III noted that against some of the area’s top performers, his team finished in the top eight in multiple events. Senior Gill Gray set a new school record in the 400 meters — 1 minute, 1.36 seconds — to take fourth place behind three former state medalists. In the 100-meter dash, senior Bryanna Hernandez finished fourth with a personal-best time of 12.3 seconds. In the 4x400-meter relay, Gray, Kane, Natalie Courtney and Joy Sparks earned fifth, with a time of 4 minutes, 19.48 seconds.
Several more Melissa girls logged personal bests this day, including:
• Senior Patti Sparks — 13.99 seconds in the 100-meter dash
• Freshman Alison Kocsis — 12 minutes, 46 seconds in the 3,200 meters
• Freshman Camille Bogdan — 14 minutes, 44 seconds in the 3,200 meters
• Sophomore Alyssa Rose — 25 feet, 11 inches in the shot put; 60 feet, 2.5 inches in the discus
• Freshman Lilly Rogers — 21 feet, 10 inches in the shot put; 58 feet, 1.5 inches in the discus
• Freshman Brenna Sheriff — 17.2 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles