Rachel Hickey dominated high school track and field.
The La Salle-Peru graduate had success in her freshman year at Illinois State University.
Then she proved she could compete at the national level.
Now, Hickey can add international medalist to her resume.
Hickey ran a 4:26.83 to win a silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the Pan American Under 20 Championships on Sunday in San Jose, Costa Rica.
She finished just behind Canada’s Maggie Smith, who ran a 4:25.47.
Canada’s Joselyn Chau earned a bronze in 4:27.2, while fellow American Meghan Underwood placed fourth in 4:30.41.
“Rachel’s performance speaks for itself today,” Illinois State assistant coach Jon-Michael Brandt said in a press release. “She came to her first international competition and ran to a podium finish. Rachel couldn’t have represented USA and ISU in any better fashion. She continues to show why she is one of the best young distance runners in the country.”
Hickey earned her spot in the Pan American U20 Championships by placing second behind Underwood at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships in Florida. Hickey ran a 4:30.93 at the USATF meet in her first collegiate 1,500 race.
Mendota Junior League softball ousted from region tourney
The Mendota Junior League softball team’s quest to reach the World Series ended Saturday at the Central Region Tournament in Pendleton, Ind.
After beating Wisconsin 12-2 in an elimination game, Mendota lost 20-4 to Michigan to get knocked out of the tournament.
Mendota Minor League softball falls at state
The Mendota Minor League softball team lost 13-3 in six innings to Beardstown in its opening game of the state tournament Sunday in Burbank.
Mendota will face Kennedy Park in an elimination game at 8 p.m. Tuesday.Kennedy Park lost 3-2 to Clarendon Hills in its first game Saturday.
Peru Minor League baseball advances to state
After dropping its first game of Sub-State B in Moline on Friday, the Peru Minor League baseball team rallied to win the tournament and advance to state as the No. 1 seed.
Peru routed Moline 14-2 on Saturday and defeated Rochelle on Sunday.
Peru advances to the state tournament in Bourbonnais where it will face Champaign East at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Oglesby Junior League advances to state
After some controversy in the tournament, the Oglesby Junior League baseball team won Sub-State A in Mendota.
Twin Rivers was disqualified from the tournament for improper paperwork, sending Oglesby and Rock Falls to the state tournament.
The only thing left to decide was the seeds.
Oglesby defeated Rock Falls 8-7 to earn the No. 1 seed.
Oglesby advances to state in Freeport. Oglesby will play at 5:30 p.m.Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s game between the No. 2 seed from Sub-State B and Sub-State C.