HERRIN — The East St. Louis girls track and field team proved why its one of the best in the state with a dominating performance Wednesday at the Herrin Class 2A Sectional.
The Flyerettes won eight of the 18 events on their way to scoring an impressive 147 points. Carbondale took second place overall with 55 points. Mount Vernon (49), Cahokia (46) and Waterloo (44) rounded out the top five teams.
Ahmia Dorsey placed first in the long jump (17-2.5 feet) and triple jump (36-3.25) to go along with a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.23 seconds).
“It’s just hard work, there’s no secret to it,” said East St. Louis coach Nino Fennoy. “What we have to do is take what we have today and start all over again next Friday. We will see Dunlap in quite a few events. The only thing we can do is stay focused on what we can do.”
East St. Louis last earned a state championship in 2011. The Flyerettes have a pretty good shot to win the whole thing this year in Charleston.
It was a good day for Carbondale as well. The Terriers qualified for state in five events, including all four of their relays.
Carbondale took second place in the 4x100 (49.25 seconds), 4x200 (1:44.29), 4x400 (4:12.18) and 4x800 (10:21.85) relays.
“We put our pride in those relays,” said Carbondale coach Greg Storm. “We could be one of the best relays in the state if we just get our head together and do it next weekend. We build for May, and that’s the way it works out.”
Sydney Apgar threw the discus 123 feet, 9 inches, which qualified her for state with a second-place finish for the Terriers as well.
“She has worked really hard, and she is a super dedicated athlete,” Storm said. “I’m really proud of the worth ethic she put in, and it’s starting to show off.”
Centralia’s Nikita Maines threw the shot put 44 feet, 10.5 inches to claim victory and qualify for state. Mount Vernon’s Tredaja Harris won a pair of sprints. Harris ran the 200 in 25.18 seconds and the 100 in 12.48 seconds.
The high jump was very good to Southern Illinois athletes. Harrisburg’s Bryleigh Buchanan and Marion’s Marissa Holmes each leapt a meet-best 5 feet, 4 inches to advance to state.
Carterville’s Megan Barton and Mount Vernon’s Adreanna Johnson also qualified with leaps of 5-1. Benton’s Mia McLain qualified for the Charleston event in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Other local qualifiers included: Massac County’s Dya Jackson (long jump); Anna-Jonesboro’s Julia Lasley (pole vault); Murphysboro’s Lauren Martin (pole vault); Marion’s Quincy Gordon (pole vault); Herrin’s Bianca Huddson (triple jump); Herrin’s Kaelan Hall (800); Marion’s Jaidyn Porter (400); and Centralia’s Shanelle Reid (200).
The IHSA Class 2A state track and field meet begins in Charleston on May 18.