Girls Track State Tournament Roundup
Here is a rundown of the Stateline from the State girls track meets at Eastern Illinois University this weekend.
Nobody won a state championship in any events. But several had high finishes in each class.
3A. Catie Daily of Harlem had the best finish on the day with a strong second in the discus with a toss of 133'09. Katie Fare of Harlem earned medals in two events the shot put fifth and discus seventh.
Belvidere North got a third from Gloria Oteng-Bediako 39'00.75 in the triple jump and Brooke Messenger a sixth in the high jump.
3A had a triple winner in the distance events, rarer then the sprints with the distance ran, over 3 and a half miles in one day in Saturday's finals. Katelynne Hart of third place Glenbard West swept the 3200 in 10:24.33, the 800 in 2:13.11 and capped it off winning the 1600 in 4:52.99. Homewood-Flossmoor was the team champion.
2A. Breya Christopher and Julie Finazzo of Galena/ River Ridge/East Dubuque Coop both had solid third place finishes. And both set school and all-time NUIC records.
Christopher soared 5'7 in the high jump and Finazzo leaped 18'03.7.5 in the long jump to beat the school and all-time NUIC record of Breya's sister Paige Christopher from last year. Paige still holds the all-time record in the 100 meter high hurdles.
East St. Louis won the 2A title.
1A. Olivia Sturrup of Milledgeville/Eastland won three state track medals. She was third in the 100 in 12.37 and on the third place 400 relay and fifth in the 800 relay. Last year Rebecca Waite medaled in all four events. With her graduated, Sturrup stepped up just missing Waite's NUIC all time and Milledgeville/Eastland school record of 12.18. Sturrup joined Sage Walrath, Jasmine Sturrup and Alyvia Woodard in the 400 relay with a 50.14 for third. The 800 relay was Olivia Sturrup with Walrath, Woodard and Lydia Coatney.
Byron's 800 relay of Kaci McKnight, Kendra Jackson, Alana Julian, and Ava Millburn finished just ahead of M/E in fourth. Byron was seventh in the 400 relay. Amboy's 1600 relay team was fifth with Sidney Corcoran, Brooklyn Whelchel, Emma Lundquist, and Ashley Althaus. Rockford Christian was sixth in the 3200 meter relay.
In field events, Brenna Noon of Oregon was fifth in the shot put and Grace Baldwin of Winnebago eighth in the pole vault. DuQuin on the strength of winning two relays and second in the other two won the 1A team crown.