OTTAWA — Even moreso than typical meets, ABC track and field invitationals give the entire roster a chance to shine and reward teams for their depth.
Ottawa's roster shined on an overcast Friday evening, and the Lady Pirates were rewarded with a second-place team finish here in their own Ottawa ABC Invitational. Seven first-place finishes and 30 total top-threes — including a dominating showing in the field events — led the Lady Pirates to a runner-up 246 team points, behind only champion Kaneland's 315 1/2 in the seven-school meet.
"It's very exciting," said OHS girls track and field coach Jessica Kuhn. "This is definitely the best result we've had in at least five years, and the fact that we were able to cover every single events and flight other than two is the reason why we got second place.
"It was everybody pulling together in A, B and C that helped us get second place. That's the best part about it."
The Lady Pirates were particularly strong in the field, scoring all seven of their first-place finishes off the track. That included an impressive two A Flight victories from throws ace Samantha Satterfield — with a toss of 35 feet, 6 inches in the A shot put and 110-0 in the A discus through the unseasonably cool air.
"The thing is with track, you just have to get used to it," said Satterfield of the weather. "You never know. The whole week's been really nice, and then you get a day like today where's it's just awful weather. The best you can do is just go out there and do what you can with what you've got.
"I think they were decent throws. Do I want to do better? Yes, but for it being our first meet in almost three weeks, I'd say it was pretty decent."
Adding the other five first places in the field events were Sammy Straith with a 27-8 1/2 in the B shot put, Jayden Mussatto thanks to her 82-1 in the B discus, Jessiy Zebauskas with a 4-10 in the B high jump, Grace Reinhardt via her even 5-0 in the A high jump and Ashleigh Sealley by clearing 7 feet in the C pole vault.
"This is the highest I've gotten this season," Sealley said. "The weather kind of made it harder, but we all pushed through and made it work.
"(Finishing second in the team standings) was a really good moment for us. We've been working hard, and the weather has made it really tough to push through and do what we have to do, but we've stuck with it."
Also in field events, Straith (3rd, 66-10 in C discus), Savanna Bartelmey (2nd, 6-6 in B pole vault), Maddy Smith (2nd, 9-6 in A pole vault), Maddie Carroll (2nd, 4-0 in C high jump), Marta Johnson (3rd, 10-9 in C long jump; 2nd, 22-2 in C triple jump) and Jillian Pitrowski (3rd, 22-9 1/2 in B triple jump) contributed top-three OHS finishes.
On the track itself in individual events, Ottawa's top-threes were recorded by Rachel Mueller (3rd, 14:10.75 in B 3200; 2nd, 6:29.81 in B 1600), Abby Quinn (3rd, :21.88 in C 100 hurdles; 3rd, 1:01.16 in C 300 hurdles), Hallie Hellman (2nd, :14:02 in C 100), Natalie Tabor (2nd, 3:04.73 in C 800), Lexie Jett (2nd, 2:49.34 in B 800), Sealley (2nd, 1:09.72 in C 400), Carroll (2nd, 1:09.81 in B 400), Smith (2nd, 1:05.67 in A 400), Emily Walker (2nd, :56.88 in B 300 hurdles), Toni Edwards-Froisland (3rd, :55.00 in A 300 hurdles) and Reinhardt (3rd, :29.12 in A 200).
In relay action, Ottawa scored top-three placings in: the 3200 (3rd, 11:38.74) from Katie Krafft, Lexie Jett, Grace McGettigan and Jesiy Zebrauskas; the 800 (3rd, 2:05.17) from the team of Emily Walker, Savanna Bartelmey, Hallie Hellman and Savanna Nelson; and the 1600 (3rd, 4:38.89) courtesy of Zebrauskas, Smith, Carroll and Sealley.
Saturday's scheduled Ottawa Boys ABC Invitational has been canceled due to the forecast.