Bloch-Jones adds to collection
CHARLESTON — Kandie Bloch-Jones didn’t secure the state track and field finish that she wanted, but she did wrap up her sequential medals display Saturday.
After earning a second-place finish in the high jump and a fifth-place finish in the triple jump, the Argenta-Oreana senior has the top five completely covered.
For her high school career, she has medals for first place, second place, third place, fourth place and fifth place.
The 2012 Class 1A high jump state champion cleared the same height as the winner at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium but was second based on misses.
Peyton Wade, a junior from Aurora Christian, cleared 5 feet, 7 inches on her first attempt. Bloch-Jones missed once at 5-7 before sailing over the bar on her second try.
“It was hard to focus on one event when you’re doing another,” said Bloch-Jones, a UI recruit who was summoned to the triple jump area three times while awaiting her next attempt in the high jump.
In a season where she matched the state-meet record (5-11) during the regular season and “jumped 5-8 pretty much every meet,” she was disappointed not to reach that height in her final prep meet.
“I don’t know what happened,” she said.
She is the first A-O athlete to earn state track medals in four years, placing third in the high jump as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore before winning the title as a junior.
“Now I’ll add this one to my collection,” Bloch-Jones said.
The 13 points Bloch-Jones scored helped A-O tie Arcola for 21st in the team standings. Sullivan/Okaw Valley placed sixth, Fisher 10th, Clinton 13th and Salt Fork tied for 15th.