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Boys and Girls Track: Oumaru Abdulahi Sets Record At Mooseheart Relays

Mooseheart’s Oumaru Abdulahi competes in the high jump on Saturday.

With conference and sectional meets looming, the 37th annual Mooseheart Relays offered athletes one last chance for preparation on Saturday.

Mooseheart’s Oumaru Abdulahi took first place in the high jump with a meet-record leap of 6-8. Despite the solid jump, the defending 1A state champion high jumper was not satisfied.

“I’m definitely disappointed, especially getting 6-8, that’s something I did last year,” Abdulahi said. “This season I expected to hit that seven-foot mark, but I’ve still got three more meets to try to do it. I’ve just got to work hard in practice.”

On the track, Abdulahi qualified for the finals of the 100 and was part of the Ramblers’ first-place 400 relay and second-place 1,600 relay teams.

Mooseheart also got individual championships from Noel Yarngo in the 11o hurdles (15:43) and Sahr Mahoney in the 200-meter dash (23:50). Yarngo was also the runner-up in the 100.

Aurora Christian’s Jonathan Harrell broke a meet record in the 400 meters with a first-place run of 50.46 seconds. Harrell was also a member of the Eagles’ first place 1,600 relay team.

“After breaking that record I’ll be feeling pretty confident going into the rest of the season,” Harrell said.

Eagles thrower Quienten Boston had the top distance in both the shot put (40-11) and discus (142-0), while C.J. Schutt finished first in the triple jump (40-5) and second in the high jump (5-8) and discus (128-8).

Aurora Central Catholic sprinter Joe Fese took first place in the 100 with a time of 10.94 seconds, less than 24 hours after winning the same event at the Kane County meet.

Fese said running on back-to-back days will help prepare him for sectionals.

“The more races you get in now, the more endurance you have later for sectionals,” said Fese. “I’m sore, I have a lot of muscle fatigue, but it felt good to come out and race.”

The Chargers also got a first-place finish from Matt Meyers in the 800 (2:04.1).

Aurora Christian’s girls team had first-place finishes from Payton Wade (high jump), Mackenzie Bollinger (triple jump), Natasha Brown (100 meters) and Becca Wert (800 meters). Wert also took second place in the 1,600 meters and third in the triple jump.

The Eagles had strong showings in each of the relays, taking first in the 400 and 1,600 and second in the 800 and 3,200.

Megan Hagerty ran in the first-place 400 and 1,600 relays and took second individually in the 400.

“God gave me great gifts, and I’m putting them to use,” Hagerty said.

Rosary also had a strong showing in the relays, winning the 800 and 3,200 and finishing second in the 400 and 1,600. The Royals’ time of 1:47.93 in the 800 set a meet record.

“We wanted to win the seniors some of those relay trophies and we managed to do that,” said Rosary coach Vic Mead. “We had two seniors running today (Helen Offerman and Grace Petry), and we dedicate those trophies to them.”

The Royals had two athletes take first place in their events, Nicole Basile in the long jump and Anne Duhig in the 100-meter hurdles.

Ashley Wilk took second place in the high jump and Kendall Adams took third place in the 100-meter hurdles to pace Aurora Central’s girls team. The Chargers also took third place in 400 and 800 relays.

Mooseheart athletes U-Conjay Nelson (200 meters) and Madison Hart (800 meters) both placed fifth in their events.

Teams scores were not kept.

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Girls Softball: Mary Kate Gosselin Drives In Six As Aurora Central Rallies Against Aurora Christian

Both teams gathered in the infield for a prayer circle after Tuesday’s game.

Aurora Central Catholic won its fifth straight game on Tuesday, but it didn’t come easy.

Gabi Alfaro had three hits and scored four runs and Mary Kate Gosselin had three hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs as the Chargers overcame a 7-0 deficit to defeat Aurora Christian 13-9.

“We really, really weren’t prepared to play. I kept telling them it was a long game, and that turned out to be the case,” said Aurora Central coach Jim Hallahan. “We came back because of timely hitting by the middle of our order, and the bottom of the order got on base for them.”

Aurora Central committed four errors and allowed six unearned runs in the first two innings as they fell into an early 7-0 hole.

The Chargers chipped away at the Eagles’ lead, scoring three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth before finally taking the lead during a five-run sixth inning.

In the sixth, Gosselin drove in Alfaro with a single to center field to tie the game at 7-7. Dani Blake then gave the Chargers an 8-7 lead with an RBI single to right field.

Aurora Central went up 10-7 later in the inning after Gosselin scored on a passed ball and Mary Wileman added an RBI single.

The Eagles responded in their half of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 10-9 after an RBI ground out by Jordan Pittman and a run-scoring single by Sara Morris.

In the seventh, Gosselin capped off her stellar day at the plate with a three-run, inside-the-park homer to give the Chargers a 13-9 lead.

“I’m a power hitter sometimes but it’s usually just doubles or triples,” said Gosselin, who hit her first home run of the year on Tuesday. “To reach home was really exciting, especially to have my team there at home plate to support me.”

Aurora Central (12-10, 5-5) pitcher Sarah Ryan, who struck out seven in 5 and 2/3 innings of relief, retired the Eagles in order in the seventh to clinch the Chargers’ victory.

Alderman went 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs scored, while Blake went 2-for-4 with two singles, one run score and one RBI.

The Eagles had nine hits, all singles. Pittman, Marissa Wilger and Liz Smith each had two hits for Aurora Christian (5-15, 1-7), which lost its ninth straight game.

Coach Rich Hazlett says his team just has to improve its fundamentals.

“We’ve just got to continue to work on the basics,” said Hazlett. “Catching, throwing, hitting. If we can get those things under control, we’ll do well. We’ll hopefully win some games.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

Aurora Central hanging out in the first base dugout early in Tuesday’s game. 

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