Girls track & field: Big 12 Champs for 3rd straight season


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The girls track & field team pose for a photo after winning program’s third straight Big 12 Conference title at Champaign Central High School May 5.

The girls track and field team secured its third consecutive Big 12 Conference championship title on May 5.

Community ended the conference meet with 131 points, a 37-point lead over hosts Champaign Central High School.

The win was a team effort for the Iron.

Junior Jazmin West won the 100-meter (12.26) and 200-meter (25.38) races.

Ali Ince (’24) matched West with two first-place finishes as an individual, winning the 400 and 800. 

In the 400, Ince finished with a time of 56.97. Junior Abigail Ziemer took third in the race (1:01.18).

In the 800, Ince crossed the finish line at 2:13.74, trailed by freshman Lily Cavanaugh in second (2:20.55). 

Ince anchored both of Community’s distance relays, helping the Iron take first in both. 

The 1600 relay team of Cavanaugh, Queen-Patricia Lubala (’24) and Anna Dunne (’23) finished with a time of 4:01.93.

The 3200 relay team of  Ziemer, Dunne, and Megan Metz (’23) posted a time of 9:40.36.

Senior Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo (’23) placed first in the shot put for the second year in a row, throwing 11.47 meters.  

Marco Reynolds (’25) threw 11.15 meters, good enough for third in the event. 

West contributed to the second-place 800-meter relay team’s 1:44.62 finish and a third-place finish in the 400 relay (47.24), along with teammates Jahariah Williams (’26), Kendall Luke (’25) and Alena Smith (’24). 

In the discus, Aurora Kiamana (’23) captured third with a throw of 32.07 meters.

In the hurdles, Lubala posted second and fourth place finishes. Lubala took second 300 (47.24) and fourth in the 100 (16.04).


Editor’s Note: Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo is a member of the Inkspot staff and contributed to this article.