CHARLESTON – The disappointment Sycamore’s Lilia Edwards felt after missing the Class 2A triple jump finals after Friday's prelims was offset when she surprised herself and medaled in the long jump on Saturday.
The Spartans’ junior took fourth in Class 2A at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium at 17-6.25, her best jump from Friday’s preliminary round.
“I was really excited jumping [Friday],” Edwards said. “I wasn’t expecting to place in the long jump at all. I haven’t jumped that far in a very long time.”
Sycamore senior Sarah Grant threw 118-7 in the discus, 5 inches better than her top preliminary throw, to take fifth in that event.
Edwards came in with a higher seed in the triple jump, 35-7 from the Freeport sectional, but went 33-8 in the preliminaries. Conversely, she long jumped 16-6 at the sectional and bettered that by a foot.
“The event was running late,” Edwards said. “My adrenaline was pumping and I was nervous, and it just happened.”
Edwards felt like she left herself get thrown off-track in the triple jump when she had to leave her preliminary flight to run the 100 high hurdles.
“When I came back, I wasn’t in the right mindset and I basically choked in the prelims,” she said. “I could have placed high in the triple. I was happy about that long jump.”
Grant was in fourth and dropped one spot in the finals, but still took fifth to take home a medal.
"It was kind of surreal because I didn't even think I was going to make it to state," Grant said. "On my last throw of high school career, I got my best throw ever."
Grant plans on attending Butler University and had not planned on throwing in college, but now she may call Butler's coaches and see about joining the team.
Another area medalist was Hinckley-Big Rock’s Audrey Harrod, who took sixth in the Class 1A 800 in 2:20.12. Indian Creek’s Chantel Kyler took sixth in the Class 1A high jump at 5-4.
Kaneland's Christina Delach was seventh in the Class 2A pole vault at 10-09, while the Knights' Nicole Sreenan was third in the 400-meter dash at 56.34, and eighth in the 100-meter dash at 12.50. Kaneland's 4x100 relay took sixth at 49.03, and the 4x400 was seventh at 4:01.60. The Knights' 4x200 relay took eighth at 1:45.25.
Some other local athletes came up just short of medals. Sycamore’s Alyssa Feuerbach was 10th in the Class 2A discus at 113-10 and Genoa-Kingston’s Carly FIscher was 11th at 113-05. Sycamore’s Maggie Lalowski was 11th in the 3,200 meters in 11:22.87.
In Class 3A, DeKalb’s Kelsey Schrader was 11th in the 3,200 meters at 11:08.54. H-BR’s Courtney Carls was 11th in the Class 1A triple jump at 34-11 1/2. Kaneland's Maddie Keifer took 15th in the Class 2A high jump at 5-00