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Holly Julifs smashes school record at Metea Valley Invite

04/25/2014, 11:23pm CDT
By Rick Armstrong

Metea Valley’s Holly Julifs threw the discus an impressive 154 feet, , an improvement of 17-6 inches over her career best set last year. Her winning throw of 41-9 helped Metea Valley finish fifth. Minooka won the team title with 94 points.

Holly Julifs didn’t break her school record in the discus at Friday’s eight-team Indian Prairie Invitational, she smashed it.

“I beat it by a lot,” the Metea Valley junior said, flashing a big smile after unleashing a throw of 154 feet. “My previous best was 136-6 last year at the New Trier Invitational and this whole year I’ve been in the 130s.”

Her improvement was 17 feet, 6 inches.

“That’s what usually happens in the discus,” Metea Valley coach Jim Braun said. “You go (up) in big hunks. It gets warmer and you get looser and faster and boom, it goes. That was a great throw.”

Julifs followed it with a winning throw of 41-9 in the shot put to help the host Mustangs score 43 points for a fifth-place finish in the inaugural event.

It will be hosted by Neuqua Valley starting next year after the Wildcats’ new track is completed.

Minooka’s Janile Rogers would have been named MVP of the eight-team meet if it had been given.

She won all four of her events -- 400 in 59.28, 200 in 25.36, long jump with a leap of 18-7 and triple jump with 34-10.25 --to lead the Indians to the team title with 94 points.

WW South was second with 84 and Naperville Central third with 82 and Neuqua Valley fourth with 62.

“It’s a good field,” Wheaton South coach Rob Harvey said. “There are three potential sectional winning teams there.”

Waubonsie Valley (37), Benet (17) and Oswego East (13) rounded out the field.

Waubonsie Valley senior Ajah Hughes was second to Julifs with a throw of 140-1 in the discus, which was also a school record.

“My previous best was 133-something and the school record was 136-1,” said Hughes, noting the steady breeze out of the west and blowing as a crosswind from right to left into the throwers’ faces helped.

“(Julifs) and I got back and forth a lot.”

Senior Kendall Cast had Metea Valley’s other win, taking the 3,200 by nearly 14 seconds with her winning time of 11:20.97.

“I just wanted to go out and go for time,” Cast said. “My goal is to break 11 minutes this year. I think I can do it.”

Waubonsie Valley got wins from Allison Wilson (5:13.69) in the 1,600 and its 400 relay of Rikki Stevenson, Alyssa Post, Dana Dwyer and Tatianna Moore in 49.84.

Poat had a big night, taking third in the 400 in a personal best 1:06.66 and then running the anchor leg of the runner-up 1,600 relay.

She was joined by Tatianna Moore, Wilson and Dana Dwyer as they finished in 4:06.79, which trailed only Minooka (4:03.79).

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