Cavies advance six in five events to girls
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Carlinville didn’t win regionals this year, but the team will still be well represented at the Class 1A state track and field meet this Thursday in Charleston.
The Cavaliers will send a relay team, as well as four other event qualifiers to state, making a total of six total athletes heading to Eastern Illinois University.
Litchfield outlasted New Berlin 86-69 to win the girls regional. Hillsboro was third at 55, Auburn fourth at 53 and the Cavaliers fifth at 52 points.
Carlinville’s Emma Smith cleared 10-feet-six inches to win the regional and head to Charleston this weekend in the pole vault competition.
Rachel Olroyd was in a tight pack of four runners in the 800-meter run in the finals on Thursday. Olroyd came from behind down the final 200 meters, overtaking Lutheran’s Maddy Eck, Litchfield’s Alexis Throne and Lutheran’s Brigid Tournoux to win the 800 in a time of 2:22.77. All four would qualify for state, however.
Rory Drew also advanced to state in the 400-meters, winning the sectional title in a time of 1:01.08, with Bunker Hill’s Ava Ostendorf also qualifying by getting second at 1:01.81.
Carlinville’s 4 x 800 meter relay team had the third best time heading into the sectional meet. While Springfield Lutheran easily won the race in 10:17.99, the Cavaliers overtook Litchfield midway through the relay and qualified for state by placing second. The quartet of Cavies included Patty Walsh, Drew, Olroyd and Mackenzie Harris. Carlinville’s time was 11:11.19.
Macy Walker of Carlinville was one of four discus competitors to advance to state, finishing fourth overall at 108-feet-7 inches.
Auburn’s Ellie Canaday won at 121-feet-8 inches, followed by Macy Byer of New Berlin at 113-6; and Lauren Sullivan of North Mac at 111-10. All four head to state.
Gillespie’s Jaiden Braundmeier won the triple jump at 32-feet-2 inches to advance to state.
Also heading to state locally is Mt. Olive’s Zoe Murphy in the 300-hurdles. She ran it in a time of 50.59 to finish second to Vandalia’s Anna Miller at 47.92 seconds.
Other Carlinville notable sectional results included: Elyse Lewis, 21st in the long jump at 12-feet; Haley Wills, fourth in the shot put at 31-feet, while Cleo Campbell was 14th at 27-feet-10 inches.
In the discus, Wills placed 14th at 80-feet-9 inches. MacKenzie Moyer was fourth in the triple jump at 30-feet-10.5 inches.
The 3200-meter run included Madelynn Williams of Carlinville ninth at 14:46.29.
Cara Emery finished 12th in the 100-meter hurdles at 20.91 seconds. Lewis was 18th in the 100-meter dash at 15.20. Emery was 11th in the 300-meter hurdles at 1:04.20.
In the 1600-meters, Harris finished ninth at 6:45.81. The 200-meter dash had Lewis finishing 20th at 31.91.
Carlinville’s 4 x 400 relay team finished fifth at 4:32.61.
The Class A meet gets underway at 11 a.m. Thursday at O’Brien Stadium on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
State qualifiers from CHS include, from left, Emma Smith (pole vault); Rory Drew (400-meter dash, 4 x 800 relay); Mackenzie Harris (4 x 800 relay); Patty Walsh (4 x 800 relay) and Macy Walker (discus). Not pictured is Rachel Olroyd (4 x 800 relay, 800-meter run).
Rachel Olroyd of Carlinville, left, hands the baton to Mackenzie Harris for the final leg of the 4 x 800 relay at the Staunton Sectional on Thursday. The Cavies finished second in that event to qualify for state.