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RED TIDE: Union sprinters were burning up the track Saturday during the Elgin Invitational, with freshmen Bayly Poor and Sarah Good (above) leading the way to a Lady Catsí victory in the 4x100 meter relay.
ELGIN -- The Union track had a lot of strong performances at Saturday’s Elgin Invitational.
But one of the biggest of Union’s red blurs in the invitational was Kathryn Hepler.
The fiery-headed senior flash from Union burned the opposition in the sprints and relays on a day when the 80 degree sun also threatened to sunburn most of the competitors.
“Kathryn Hepler had a monster day placing first in the 100 meter dash with the fastest time in the BMC and the fifth fastest time in 2A state rankings,” said Union coach Jay Blackburn.
“She was first in the 300 Hurdles with the fastest time in the BMC and the third fastest time in 2A state rankings.
“She also placed first in the 4x400 relay with fastest time in the BMC and the fifth fastest time in 2A state rankings and she placed first in the 4x100 relay,” he added.
Overall, the Bobcats did well, according to Blackburn. “Our Union track team had a very good day.”
Katriel O’Reilly had a great day, Blackburn said, posting her fastest time ever in the 400 meter placing second in the event and ranking her second in the BMC.
“Katriel was also the winner of the 800 meter run and was part of the 4x400 and 4x100 relays,” he added.
Bayly Poor gave Union another blur of red in Elgin, posting great marks on Saturday with a 62.17 in the 400 meters when she placed first. “Poor is number one in the BMC and number four in the 2A state rankings. She also placed second in the javelin and was part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.”
According to Blackburn, they weren’t the only Union competitors to stand out in Elgin.
“Sara Good had some great legs also in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Elena Baird posted season bests in the 400 meter and the triple jump,” he said.
“All of our vaulters had great days making huge improvments. Maggie Sheehy placed fourth in pole vault with a season best of 7-0. Emma Sheehy placed second with her season best of 7-0.”
Blackburn said other Bobcats had strong showings, including several competing for the first time. “Daniel Colton had his first meet competing in vault and he placed fifth.
“Our boys 4x400 (relay) ran for the first time this year, placing fourth, with the third fastest time in the Blue Mountain Conference.The team consisted of Michael O’Reilly, Ken Sipp, Colton and Ethan Black.”
Both O’Reilly and Sipp also posted personal bests in Elgin. “Sipp ran his fastest time ever in the 800, placing second, and is ranked second in the BMC. O’Reilly posted his fastest time ever in the 1500 meters, placing second overall. He also posted his best time in the 800 meters, placing third,” Blackburn added.
Union will be making the trip back to Elgin again Thursday for theannual ICUE meet. The field events will start at 5 p.m.