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ROBINSON, Ill. — The Mt. Carmel Lady Aces won the prestigious 16-team Sam Bennett Invitational here Friday.

The Lady Aces, led by four event wins (three by Tyra Buss), finished with 85 points. Teutopolis took second with 80, followed by Neoga (77.5), Newton (72) and Shelbyville (58). Cumberland, Olney, Benton, Red Hill and Marshall rounded out the top 10.

The Junior Aces boys track team finished first and the girls second at a meet Tuesday against their two county rivals and Parkview.

Mt. Carmel scored 79 points to edge Parkview (76) for the boys crown. St. Mary’s (18) was third and Allendale (13) fourth. Parkview took the girls meet with 61 points to Mt. Carmel’s 56. St. Mary’s finished a strong third (42) followed by Allendale (17).

Zach Whittler won twice and Stone Patberg once to lead the Junior Aces in the boys meet. Haley Maguire of MCMS won twice in the girls meet as did Morgan York of St. Mary’s. Addie Drone of St. Mary’s won one event.

OLNEY, Ill. — Led by Zach Whittler’s win in the 100, the MCMS Junior Aces track team finished fifth Saturday at the Olney Invitational.

Salem won the 10-team event with 98 points, followed by Red Hill with 88. Olney was third with 79 points, two points ahead of Carmi. The Junior Aces finished with 66 points.

Whittler claimed the only Junior Aces win by nipping Red Hill’s Holmes at the wire in the 100. Whittler, the seventh-grade state champion in the event last year, ran his fastest time of the spring to win in 11.0 seconds, just .1 ahead of Holmes.

Satchel Patberg finished second in the sixth-grade 100 in 13.77. Whittler took second in the 200, finishing behind Holmes with a time of 24.33 seconds.

Mt. Carmel’s sixth-grade 4x100 relay team also took second with a time of 1:01.

There were no field events at the meet.

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