CHARLESTON – By the time he received his fourth-place medal for running a leg on the Tuscola 800-meter relay team, Tyler Carter was exhausted.
"I'm done," he said. "I couldn't run another race if I wanted to."
CHARLESTON – Hurry up and wait.
That was the mantra at the boys' Class 2A state track and field meet Friday, and by mid-afternoon, Urbana senior Mykhail Chambers was just about fed up.
CHARLESTON – Weather was the main story during Friday's meet. In all, there were five delays, totaling more than three hours. The Class 1A portion took about 7 1/2 hours to complete.
Whenever thunder was heard, a mandatory 30-minute stoppage in action was called. After a brief thunderstorm, the field events were moved inside to Lantz Fieldhouse.
CHARLESTON – Under the circumstances, one would understand if Tuscola sprinter Ben Edwards would have wanted to sit this one out.
But Edwards instead chose to honor the memory of his mother, Amy Edwards, who passed away Sunday morning after suffering a fall in her home May 16. She was 46.
CHARLESTON – All Hannah Wilkins wanted was a shot at redemption.
What the Salt Fork junior achieved was more improvement than any field-events competitor in Class 1A at the 36th annual IHSA girls' track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University.
CHARLESTON – When Debbie Bunch suggested her daughter give track and field a shot, Daniella Bunch needed an explanation.
"I'd never heard of track and field," she said.
CHARLESTON – Megan Kutz followed one highlight with another Friday during competition in the 36th annual IHSA girls' Class 1A track and field state meet.
The Monticello High School senior had the distinction of leading the first lap of the first event (3,200-meter relay) at Eastern Illinois University.
Bulldogs' Query blanked; Tigers' White pleased
CHARLESTON – Centennial's Jordan Harris missed qualifying for the shot put finals by less than an inch, but it's in the discus where she was expected to make some noise. And she did.
CHAMPAIGN – Sectional meets seem to bring out the best in high school track and field athletes.
That was the case with Centennial sprinter Michael Neal, a pair of Mahomet-Seymour shot putters and the entire Champaign Central team in Friday's Centennial Class AA meet.
TUSCOLA – The St. Joseph-Ogden and Tuscola track teams battled for nearly five hours Friday.
Unfortunately, neither team won.