AUSTIN, Texas — Salt Fork alum and current University of Iowa athlete Jenny Kimbro started action in the heptathlon on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The junior is 11th after the first day of the two-day event with 3,462 points.

Kimbro started the day in the 100 meter hurdles with a sixth-place finish in a time of 13.48 seconds. She would follow that up with a 11th place finish in the high jump with a 5 foot, 6 1/2 inch attempt.

In the shot put, Kimbro ended up 17th. She started with a 36 1/4 attempt, but improved to finish with an attempt of 37-4 1/2.

The final event of the night was the 200 meter dash, Kimbro would sprint to a ninth-place finish with a time of 24.36.

Today's final day of the event will have the final three events. The long jump will take place at 1:30 p.m., while the javelin event will take off at 2:45 p.m. and the 800 meter run will end the day at 7:13 p.m.


Lafayette 9, Danville 8

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Dans gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to go into extra innings before Aviator Braedon Blackford hit a home run to end the game in the 11th.

The Dans got going early with an RBI single by Jalen Jones and a RBI double by Craig Kuechel in the first inning and an RBI single by Aiden Malm in the second for a 3-0 lead.

Danville scored twice in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Jones to go up 5-0, but Lafayette would scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. A Malm sacrifice fly gave the Dans another run in the sixth, but Lafayette scored two times in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 6-5.

Bradford Powers hit a solo home run in the seventh and Walker McCleney scored on an error for a 8-5 lead before Lafayette scored a run in the bottom of the inning and would score two more in the ninth.

Cade Brown took the loss for the Dans, going 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Hunter Freese had the start, going 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

The Dans return to Danville Stadium today as they will take on the Quincy Gems at 6:30 p.m.


Junior Speakers go 1-1 at Mattoon

MATTOON — The Post 210 juniors won their first game at the Mattoon Junior Cracker Tournament with a 9-7 win over Morris, but lost 10-7 to the Decatur Pride Gold team.

In the first game, Jacob Spear, Isaiah Ruch, Keagan Patterson, Jameson Sprague and Nick Coffin each had one RBI for the Junior Speakers, while Ethan Edwards pitched four innings for the win.

In the second game, Josh Young had three RBIs for Post 210, while Sprague and Luke Johnson each had one RBI.

The Junior Speakers will continue play in the tournament today.


Illinois' Ford to sit out 2019 season

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois tight end Luke Ford, a transfer from Georgia, will not be eligible to play this season after the NCAA upheld the denial of his request for a waiver.

The NCAA initially denied Ford's request in April, but the school appealed. Illinois announced Friday the appeal had been denied.

Ford was one of the top recruits in the state of Illinois and a highly regarded national prospect 2018. In January, Ford posted on Twitter he was leaving Georgia for Illinois because of his "grandparents' deteriorating health" and the cost for his parents to watch him play. He is from tiny Carterville, about two hours southeast of St. Louis.

Ford will be eligible to play in 2020.