The top girls track athletes in Illinois will convene in Charleston this weekend at the IHSA Track and Field Championships at Eastern Illinois University.
The preliminaries will be held on Thursday and Friday with the championship races set for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
The East St. Louis Flyerettes have been a perennial power in the state for many years and they figure to be a factor in this weekend’s Class 2A meet with several athletes making the trip to Charleston. The Flyerettes won the sectional championship at Triad last week and will be taking athletes in nine events plus all four relays to the state meet.
One of the top individuals is hurdler Veronica Sherrod, who won sectional championships in the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles. Other sectional champions include Alaysha Hudson in the long jump, Jariah Turner in the 400-meter dash and Marika Lampley in the 200-meter dash.
East Side’s other state qualifiers include Mya Glanton in the high jump (fourth), Ahmia Dorsey and Hudson in the triple jump (second and third place), Kalia Poole in the discus (second), Lampley in the 100 (second), Shonjahnea Griggs in the 400 (third) and Maysha Vickers in the 300-meter low hurdles (second).
The Flyerettes will also be taking four strong relay teams to the state championships. They finished first in the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute 41.64 seconds, 4x400 in 3:53.4 and the 4x800 in 9:40.61. East Side also finished second in the 4x100 in 48.17 seconds.
Several top athletes from the Southwestern Conference will also be headed to state to compete at the Class 3A championships. Belleville West won the O’Fallon sectional championship last weekend by scoring 101 points.
Belleville West will be led by senior standout LaQwasia Stepney, who won the long jump and 100-meter high hurdles. She won the long jump with an effort of 19 feet, 7 inches. The Maroons also got sectional championship performances from Britney Mosby in the triple jump, Ndia Johnson in the discus and Jessica Coughlin in the 400.
The Belleville East Lancers will be taking all four of their talented relays to the state meet as sectional champions. The Lancers finished first in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 at O’Fallon last weekend.
IHSA Boys Sectionals this Week
The Illinois boys sectionals will be held this week with metro east teams competing at Herrin and Bloomington. The Class 2A sectionals at Herrin were held on Wednesday with East St. Louis leading the group of contenders. The Class 3A sectionals will be held at Bloomington today with metro east teams from Alton, Edwardsville, Collinsville, Belleville East, Belleville West and O’Fallon in the field.
The top qualifiers in each event will advance to the IHSA State Championships in Charleston on May 23-25 at Eastern Illinois University.