SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
High schools from over the state of Illinois made their way down for the first day of the girls state track meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Defending class 1A champion Central A&M sent 12 total athletes to the meet this season, and started this years’ girls track meet off well by winning 6 events individually and 1 team race.
Senior Genny Stringer finished first in the discus throw (133-07), and senior Sarah Bailey won her heat in the triple jump (33-08.00) as well.
Seniors Kaitlyn Corzine (15.88) and Taylor Adcock (15.77) both won their heats in the 100-meter high hurdles. Adcock had a photo finish against Cydney Long of Oregan. Adcock edged her despite clocking the same time.
This is Corzine’s second straight season with a first place finish. Corzine finished in second place in the 300-meter low hurdles (45.72).
Adcock also finished first in the 100-meter dash (12.77) which was an improvement from last seasons’ fourth place finish on the first day of the meet. She was challenged by Jenny Bullock (Windsor). Bullock pulled even and would not fade. It was a dead heat and the judges had to go to the clock to determine the winner. First, it looked like Bullock won by a hundredth of a second. Finally, Adcock was announced the winner.
Adcock also finished first in the 300-meter low hurdles (45.54) for the second straight season.
CAM finished in fifth place in the 4x800-meter relay (10:07.28) with Cole, sophomore Paige Seitz, Junior Kylee Burcham, and freshman Salena Sloan. A&M improved on last seasons’ eighth place finish on the first day. CAM also won the 4x400-meter relay (4:04.26) with Corzine, Bailey, Adcock, and Cole for the second straight season.
Junior Mikaela Cole finished in 5th place in the pole vault (9-00.00). Her finish this season was an improvement from last seasons’ 9th place finish on the first day of the meet. Fellow teammate, freshman Mikah Maples, finished in third place in the discus throw (120-03).
CAM was not the only school from the Shelby area that was posting strong numbers. Sullivan-Okaw Valley who sent 7 total athletes to state won 3 individual events and 1 team event.
Sophomore Amanda McClain won her heat in the 400-Meter Dash (56.92). McClain’s score broke her record she recorded her freshman year which was 57.63 which was from her final day.
McClain finished first in her heat in the long jump (16-11.00) which was an improvement from last season when she finished third. McClain also finished second in the 200-meter dash (26.39). Junior Mollie Bowman finished in first place in her heat for the triple jump (33-02.50) which was an amazing improvement from last season when she finished in fourth place.
SOV also won the 4x200-meter relay for the second straight year with a 1:44.79 with Bowman, McClain, Newhauser, senior Erika Tomczewski.
Sophomore Emily Neuhauser finished in seventh place in her heat for the 100-meter dash (13.12), and she finished in second place in the 200-meter dash (26.37).
Jenny Bullock, from Windsor, finished second by a hundredth of a second in her heat for the 100-meter dash (12.78). Junior Katie Hostettter, also from Windsor, tied with senior Erin Walk, from Neoga, for first place in their heat for the high jump (5-02.00). Walk’s finish was an improvement on her 6th place finish last season.
Junior Courtney Croy, from Neoga, finished her first heat in the long jump in second place (17-05.50), which was an improvement from last seasons’ fourth place finish on the first day. Croy also finished in seventh place in the 200-meter dash (27.35). Sophomore Olivia Ott, also from Neoga, finished in 8th place in the long jump as well.
Neoga finished in fifth place in the 4x100-meter relay (52.21) with Juniors Mallori Harshman, Kellie Kastl, Demmie Long, and Taylor Rich. They also finished in fifth place in the 4x200-meter relay (1:48.64) with Walk, Ott, Croy, and junior Taylor Rich.
Shelbyville's solo entry at State was freshman Morgan Powers in the 800, after placing 5th at sectional in a state-qualifying time (2:24.83). In state prelims, she bested that time. Powers was among leaders in her heat ran 3rd for awhile and finished a finals-qualifying 4th in the heat (2:22.97).
The track meet resumes through Saturday.
IHSA Class A State Prelims
Shelby Area Results (*finals qualifiers)
Long jump: *2. Croy (NEO) 17-5.5, *5. McClain (SOV) 16-11, 8. Ott (NEO) 15-5, Bullock (W) 15-
Pole vault: *Lett (P) 9-6, Cole (CAM) 9-0
High jump: *Walk (NEO) 5-2, *Hostetter (W) 5-2,
Triple jump: *7. Paruleski (CHBC) 34-1.75, Bailey 33-8, Bowman (SOV) 33-2.5
Discus: *1. Stringer (CAM) 133-7, *3. Maples (CAM) 120-3
4x8 relay: *12. CAM (Seitz, Burcham, Cole, Sloan) 10:07.28
4x1 relay: Neoga Harshman, Kastl, Long, Rich) 52.51, CAM DQ
100 Hurdles:*4. Adcock (CAM) 15.77, *5. Corzine (CAM) 15.88
100 dash: *4 Adcock (CAM) 12.77, *5. Bullock (W) 12.78
800 run: *7. Powers (SH) 2:22.97
4x2 relay: *4. SOV (Tomczewski, Bowman, McClain, Neuhauser) 1:44.79
400 dash: *1. McClain (SOV) 56.92
300 Hurdles: *2. Adcock (CAM) 45.54, *3. Corzine (CAM) 45.72
200 dash: *4. Neuhauser (SOV) 26.37, *5. McClain (SOV) 26.39, Croy (NEO) 27.35
4x4 relay: *3. CAM (Corzine, Adcock, Cole, Bailey) 4:04.26