Sycamore junior Lilia Edwards had a mark of 17-6.25 in the long jump during Friday's girls track state preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Edwards' mark was the third-best in Class 2A behind Dixon's Lexy Duncan (18-4) and Walther Lutheran's Dana Turner (17-6.5). Edwards' mark, her best of the season, was nearly a foot better than her sectional mark of 16-6.5. She also finished second behind Duncan at the Freeport Sectional.
"The weather was definitely a big factor because there was no wind and the temperature was perfect," Edwards said. "It was definitely a great time to pull out a jump like that."
Edwards failed to qualify for the finals in her other two events, the triple jump and 110-meter high hurdles. Edwards had a time of 15.9 seconds in the hurdles and a mark of 33-8 in the triple jump.
During Saturday's finals, Edwards will have the luxury of being able to focus on one event.
"It will be a lot of stress taken off," she said. "Today, while I was (triple) jumping, I had to go hurdle. Even during (the) long (jump), I was worrying about my other events, so it will be nice."
The Spartans' Christina Dailey did earn a finals spot in the triple jump, finishing with a mark of 35-2.25.
Other finals qualifiers for Sycamore were Sarah Grant and Alyssa Feuerbach in the discus. Grant had a personal-best mark of 118-2, the fourth-best in 2A. Feuerbach had a 113.
"Alyssa, it's going to be redemption time for her. She did not throw her best, she knows that," Sycamore coach Joe McCormick said. "She's going to get squared away to where she wants to be. They both have medal potential in them."
Genoa-Kingston sophomore Carly Fischer also qualified for finals in the discus with a mark of 113-5.
The Spartans' Maggie Lalowski had a time of 5:13.73 in the 1,600, which is a school record, but did not qualify for the finals. She will compete in the 3,200 today.
The three Sycamore relays that made a trip to state also failed to qualify. The 4x100 of Jenna Weaver, Lauren Goff, Dailey and Triana Iwans was fifth in its heat with a time of 50.21. The slowest qualifying mark was Glenbard South's 49.42.
Sycamore's 4x200 relay of Dailey, Weaver, Goff and Iwans was sixth in its heat with a time of 1:46.53, just more than a second away from qualifying. The Spartans' 4x00 relay of Dailey, Stephanie Cole, Goff and Iwans was fourth in its heat with a time of 4:05.22. All three relays had their best times of the year.
In Class 3A, DeKalb's Kelsey Schrader had a time of 5:07.46 in the 1,600 and failed to qualify for finals. She will compete in the 3,200 today.
Elsewhere in 2A, Kaneland's finals qualifiers were: Christina Delach (pole vault, 9-6), Maddie Keifer (high jump, 5-0), 4x100 relay (49.13), Nicole Sreenan (100 dash, 12.6; 400 dash, 56.44), 4x200 relay (1:44.68) and the 4x400 relay (4:02.26).