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Reinhardt, Satterfield earn titles at NIB 12 Meet

OTTAWA — A pair of Lady Pirates, senior Grace Reinhardt and sophomore Sam Satterfield, finished with their names at the top of the list in their respective events at the conclusion of Friday's Northern Illinois Big 12 Girls Track and Field Meet held at King Field.

Reinhardt matched a personal best in winning the high jump, while Satterfield collected her second-straight shot put title and finished second in the discus.

DeKalb won the team championship with 104 points, ahead of second-place Geneseo (92), third-place Yorkville (90) and fourth-place Sterling (71). Ottawa finished in seventh place with 43 points.

"The competition in this conference is tough, but I thought all the girls did a nice job," said Ottawa coach Jessica Kuhn. "I'm pleased with how we did tonight, because we didn't fill every event and the girls still held their own."

Reinhardt, who finished second in last year's event, equalled her personal-best of 5 feet, 3 inches. She was tied with Sterling's Macie Gebhardt ,who cleared the height on her third attempt, but each failed on three tries at 5-4 to give Reinhardt the title.

"I was really happy with how I did today," said Reinhardt, who would normally be in other events but concentrated on just the high jump Friday. "I was worried that it would affect me, but it really didn't. The adrenaline was really flowing for me even though I was feeling a little slow and tense coming into the meet.

"I was able to get 5-3 on my very first try, which was exciting, and was happy with my jump. I've been really working towards 5-4. That's my goal moving into sectionals."

Satterfield's best discus throw was 109-3, but wasn't enough to top Yorkville's Courtney Hall (117-2).

"It definitely wasn't my best day in the discus, and I think nerves got to me a little coming in ranked first," Satterfield said. "My warmups were good, but I started out with a scratch, however I was able to move into the finals on my second throw. The prelims were a little tough, but I was able to get second in the finals. I would have liked to have gotten first, but I felt I had a decent throw. I just wasn't as consistent as I needed to be."

Moving over to the shot put, Satterfield said her focus was to just relax and throw like she is capable of. She did just that with a heave of 38-5 1/2, good enough to top Yorkville's duo of Jori Husar (35-7 1/2) and Hall (35-1).

"After the discus, I just wanted to move over to the shot and do my best," Satterfield said. "I feel, even though the footwork is important, it's a lot about power. My third throw was my best, and I just used the anger I had for not performing as well as I would have liked in the discus.

"I just wanted to put together some good throws today to get me ready for sectionals. Overall I feel I had a pretty good day."

Ottawa junior Maddy Smith also earned a second place in the pole vault. The Lady Pirate, who has broken her own school record a number of times already this season, cleared the bar at 10-1, just behind the first-place effort of Kaneland's Cierra Kuipers.

"Maddie has been doing great for us and is really having a great year," said Kuhn. "I'm very excited for Grace and Sam. It's hard for me when we host an event like this to touch base with the girls during the meet, but they are really good about taking care of themselves. They did that today."

The Lady Pirates also received a third-place finish courtesy of Jessiy Zebrauskas in the high jump (5-2), seventh-place finish from senior Abby Quinn in the 300-meter hurdles (:56.62) and a 10th-place mark from sophomore Grace McGettigan in the 800 (2:32.28).

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