IHSA 1A Girls State Track & Field
CHARLESTON — The Bureau Valley Storm had an unplanned change of events in the preliminary round of the IHSA Class 1A Girls State Track & Field meet Thursday.
Bureau Valley sophomore standout Kamryn Kolb did not make the trip downstate in the 100, 200, 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 due to mononucleosis. But things remained business as usual for the Storm, who qualified for Saturday’s finals in six events.
Bureau Valley won the 4 x 1 relay last year at state with Kolb at anchor and was seeded second coming into this year.
However, Donner learned at noon Tuesday that Kolb had become ill and would not be making the trip to Charleston.
“We called a team meeting and I told the girls I’ll give you two hours to feel sorry for yourselves and then you got to be ready to run and go down and compete,” Donner said. “I still expected to make the finals in seven events and we made it in six. I have a group that loves to compete when the microscope is on them.
“I’m so proud of them. I can’t say it enough.”
The Storm will be joined in Saturday’s finals by Amboy-LaMoile’s 4 x 400 relay.
Donner said the Storm Face-timed Kolb Wednesday night to keep her part of the team and planned to do so again Friday night.
Junior Madison Morrow stepped in for Kolb in the Storm’s sprint relays, teaming with classmate Carly Konneck and seniors Marissa Endress and Molly Bohm. Endress and Konneck stayed in their familiar first and second legs, and Bohm switched to the anchor to accommodate Morrow.
“I ran this relay all season, so it wasn’t that big of a change,” Morrow said. “The handoff between Molly and I was different, but we got it down.”
The quartet won its 4 x 100 relay heat in 50.34 to qualify for the finals, and its time of 1:47.48 in the 4 x 200 relay was more than fast enough to qualify.
“I just try to keep perfecting my start and handoff,” Endress said. “It’s really nothing new since I’ve been down here four years now.”
BV senior Saige Barnett recorded a first in her career, qualifying for the finals in the shot put (38-10 3/4) and discus (123-5). The shot put concluded at 11:30 a.m., but the final flight ofáthe discus didn’t wrap up until 7 p.m. due to several lightning delays. Barnett scratched on her first throw before the delays, but hit her qualifying mark on her second throw.
“After that first throw, I was in my own head,” Barnett said, “so actually the breaks were in my favor. They let me calm down a bit.”
Konneck will also compete in the finals of the long jump after leaping 17-4 1/2.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d make it this far in long jump,” Konneck said. “I didn’t start hitting my PR until recently, and my PR came during my freshman indoor season.”
Storm sophomore Jade Aber made the triple jump finals for the second year in a row after leaping 36-5 3/4 in Thursday’s 80-degree temperatures.
“I can’t really breathe well in the heat, so it didn’t really help me,” Aber said. “It helped with my legs, but it was still tough.”
Amboy-LaMoille’s 4x100 relay of Sidney Corcoran, Ashley Althaus, Brooklyn Whelchel and Emma Lundquist did not make the finals with a time of 51.02. The 4 x 200 relay of Corcoran, Whelchel, Lundquist and Kylee Brown were disqualified. Althaus missed out on the 400 finals (1:02.36), and Lundquist missed despite a late surge in the 300 hurdles (49.66).
Those misses made the Clippers’ victory in the first heat of the 4 x 400 relay that much sweeter. Corcoran built a slight lead on BV’s Konneck in the first leg, Endress caught Whelchel in the second, Lundquist caught Elisabeth Sullivan in the third, and Althaus held off Aber. The result was a time of 4:12.92 for the Clippers.
“In the end, it took more heart than anything,” Lundquist said. “It really comes down to who wants it more.”
Brown, a freshman from LaMoille, also nabbed the last qualifying spot for Saturday in the long jump with a leap of 17-1 1/2.
“It was a lot hotter. Sectionals were cold and windy,” Brown said. “Here, I ran and jumped well partly because it was nice, and I had a tailwind helping me.”
• Notes: St. Bede junioráChristine Senica did not record a height in the high jump. ... Donner planned to get up bright and early Friday morning to take Barnett to the discus and shot put rings to get some practice throws in before the 2A girls arrive. He would have liked to bring the relay team as well to practice handoffs, but he said they had such a long day Thursday and were so tired out that he’d let them dream about the “beautiful handoffs they had.”