WHEATFIELD | Kankakee Valley coach Lane Lewallen is going to need a new T-shirt after host K.V. ran away from the competition at Tuesday’s sectional.
Lewallen’s shirt reads “Back-to-Back sectional champions 2011, 2012“ on the back, and his Kougars won their third straight title with 171 points to outdistance runner-up Winamac’s 100.5. Rensselaer was third with 72.5.
“I’m very proud of my girls,” Lewallen said. “So many heroes -- Joli and Jenna Jungels, (Michelle) Kent, (Leanna) Mulloy, (Gabrielle) Martin, on and on. We performed very, very well.”
The top four finishers in each individual event and relay advance to next week’s Chesterton Regional.
Mulloy, a junior, won the 100 for the third straight year and took second in the 200, while Jenna Jungels won the 100 hurdles and the 200.
Mulloy said the 90-degree heat was a factor.
“We all had a really tough meet today,” she said. “I felt how hot it was, and we just had to get through this meet to get to the regionals.
“But a lot of the conditioning and hard work pays off, and every day I’m working harder and harder to get to regionals and get to state.”
Joli Jungles won the long jump for K.V., while Brittany Stepp took the 800, Michelle Kent the 1600 and 3200 and Gabrielle Martin the 400. K.V. also won the 400 and 1600 relays.
“We’re very pleased with our depth,” Lewallen said. “I haven’t counted how many we advanced, but it was a ton. You score 171 points in the sectional, that’s a lot to be proud of.”
Rensselaer’s Chelsie Meeks set a sectional record with a toss of 144-6 to win the discus.
“The wind died down completely right when we were getting ready to throw, so we had no help from the wind at all,” said Meeks, who placed second in the state last year. “Other than that, I think it was a good night.”
Meeks’ fourth sectional title is her first stop in an attempt to win state, and she believes it will take a throw in the 150s.
“Me and the girl from Lawrence Central (Adriana Brown) have been going back and forth for the No. 1 spot all season, so it will be a showdown,” she said. “It will be interesting, but it will be fun.”