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Rogers, McAsey lead Minooka to Southwest Prairie title

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 9:19 p.m. CST

PLAINFIELD – The Minooka girls track team has the best of both worlds.

Senior leaders Jenilie Rogers and Moira McAsey were dominant, and the Indians’ depth erased any doubt who would reign in Thursday’s Southwest Prairie Conference meet at Plainfield North.

Rogers won the 100-meter, the 200 and the long jump and was third in the triple jump, while McAsey won the 800 and was a member of the Indians’ 4x400 and 4x800 championship relays.

Minooka won nine of the 18 events and finished with 175 points ahead of runner-up Oswego East’s 98. Oswego had 73, Plainfield South and Plainfield North 57, Romeoville 37 and Plainfield Central and Plainfield East 30.

“Overall we probably don’t have one strong point, but we’re pretty good in all events,” said Rogers, who will continue her track career at Illinois.

“We’re solid all the way around, which is a huge plus,” McAsey said.

Having Rogers as a teammate, however, raises everything a notch.

“She is doing awesome,” McAsey said of Rogers. “She can do anything. Having her on our team gets everybody excited.”

Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said his girls “were excited all week for this meet, and they competed at a high level. It means a lot to them as a team. Now I’m looking forward to them working hard for the sectional, [which Minooka hosts next Thursday].”

Rogers went to state last year in the long jump and triple jump. As a sophomore she qualified in the triple jump and 4x200. She can compete in four events at the sectional, but Gummerson’s lineup for the sectional has yet to be worked out.

As much as she enjoyed winning three events Thursday, her third-place finish in the triple jump might have been just as rewarding.

“I did way better than I thought in the triple jump,” she said of her 36-foot-0.75 effort. “I’ve been stuck in the 33s and 34s. I’ve been working a lot on it.”

McAsey, who will continue her career at Missouri, said she “wanted to have lower times by this time of year, but the important thing is that the team wins.”

McAsey won the 4x400 relay with Ashleigh Wilson, Bethany Bachmann and anchor Emma Tonelli. She was joined by Mackenzie Callahan, Keely Doran and Haley McNamara on the winning 4x800 relay.

Tonelli also anchored the Indians’ winning 4x200 relay, which included Bachmann, Latricia Dean and Megan Caldwell.

Wilson won the 400, with Plainfield Central’s Achante Freeman taking second.

Callahan and Ashley Tutt came up huge in the 1,600, finishing 1-2 despite the challenge of Plainfield North cross country all-stater Rachael Lau, who earlier won the 3,200. Tutt also was second in that event.

North’s other champion besides Lau was senior pole vaulter Laura Ferguson, who cleared 10-0.

“I’m so excited of Laura,” Tigers coach Tammy Gummerson said. “She beat her own school record by 6 inches.”

Romeoville sported a double winner in senior thrower Jahsmine Jones. She won the shot at 37-7.5 and the discus at 109-0.

The Spartans’ Cierra Pulliam won the triple jump at 36-4.75, just ahead of the 36-4.5 of Plainfield Central’s Jazmyne Tabb.

Plainfield East got a second from Taylor Cogdell in the 800 and a second and third from hurdler Mikaela Manson. Plainfield South received seconds from the 4x100 relay, Lenae Ludy in the high jump and Brianna Langys in the long jump.

The meet, though, had that definite Minooka flavor.

“There are so many kids who had great meets,” Kevin Gummerson said. “Besides Jenile [Rogers] and Moria [McAsey] winning thee events each, we had Ashleigh Wilson winning the 400 and 4x400 and Emma Tonelli anchoring three relays and winning two.

“Our pole vaulters [Raven Pointer and Mariah Divis, who finished second and third] had a great day, Alexis Peas getting second in the discus, Ashley Tutt with seconds in the mile and 2-mile and Mackenzie Callahan winning the mile, all of that was big.”

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