Frye defends long jump crown
After her fifth jump, Casey-Westfield senior Faith Frye knew her time was dwindling. She was sitting in third place and was the defending champion in the event, winning last season at the Shirk Center.
“The nerves were definitely building up because I knew that one was my only chance," she said.
Frye delivered with a leap of 18 feet and was met by a shriek by her cheering section in the crowd directly above her. The distance was enough for her to win her second consecutive Top Times meet long jump championship.
“It feels amazing to be able to defend my title and not let everyone beat me again," she said.
Frye also finished seventh in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Sullivan's Miller second in 400
Sullivan's Esther Miller came in right behind 400-meter dash winner Kenli Nettles (A-L-A-H) to finish second. She ran it in 1:02.48.
Mattoon relay teams earn two top-five finishes
Mattoon girls relay teams placed in the top five in the 4x200 and 4x400 while setting school indoor records in each.
The team of Jenaya Carter, Amiyah Johnson, Cortnee Wilson and Keleila Princko took fourth in the 4x200 relay, running it in 1.48.87.
In the 4x400, Princko, Summerlyn Smith, Mariah Ball and Johnson placed second with a time of 4:11.04.
Elsewhere, Smith set a Mattoon indoor record with a long jump of 17 feet, which was good for sixth place.
"We had a great showing," said Mattoon coach Troy Haacke. "Smith's long jump was a big jump for her. The 4x200 ran their best by a second and a half. All four girls in the 4x200 ran really great. Carter started in lane six, which is not easy to do. Princko passed a Monticello girl for fourth place. In the 4x400 Princko got us out in front. Smith ran like the all-stater she is. Johnson held on for as long as she could and just got nipped at the finish line (by .71). The last three years we have had all three relay teams (4x800 made the finals, finishing 12th) make it to state. That is a good little run."
Mattoon opens the outdoor season Saturday at the Greenville Invitational.
Flight nets top-three high-jump finish
Charleston senior and Notre Dame signee Sarah Flight placed third in the long jump with a distance of 5-04.00. Mattoon's Mariah Ball placed seventh by jumping 5-00.00.
Ross grabs two top-six finishes
Casey-Westfield's Cort Ross broke his own school record by running the 3200-meter in 9:37.04, which earned him third place. He took sixth in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:37.37.
Hunt places in top three
Tri-County's Ramsey Hunt locked up a top-three finish in the long jump, with a distance of 21-07.75
Black third in pole vault
Charleston senior Dayton Black ensured the Trojans left Bloomington with top-three finishes in both boys and girls events. Black placed third in the long jump with a distance of 14-00.00.
(The Herald & Review's Joey Wagner contributed)