Prep Girls Track
LaJarvia Brown, a sophomore from Alton, embraced a successful Friday at the IHSA girls state track meet in Charleston. She moved on to Saturday’s Class 3A finals in the triple jump and the long jump at Eastern Illinois University.
She supplied the state’s best leap in the triple jump at 40 feet, 3.5 inches, a personal best for her. Brown made that distance on her third jump. Since Friday’s performances count as much as Saturday’s efforts in determining the triple jump champion, Brown has a leg up on her competition.
“LaJarvia had a great last jump and is in a great position,” Alton coach Terry Mitchell said. “She has had a great year and she is a great kid.”
Brown said, “I feel great. The last jump was a lot more pressure than I wanted, but I extended my second phase and stretched it out. It’ll be great to win it. I don’t know if I could put that into words.”
With her jump, Brown is just the seventh female in state track history to eclipse the 40-foot mark. The IHSA all-time best is 41-6, set by Deana Simmons of Decatur MacArthur in 1996. The state finals date to 1973.
Vika Markmatie, a junior from Lemont, is second at 39-7. And Kayla Marshall, a junior from Collinsville, is third at 37-7. Brown leaped 39 feet to win the triple jump at last week’s Rock Island Sectional.
Brown, who has the fifth all-time best jump in IHSA annals, is attempting to become the first AHS female trackster to finish first at state. Jessica Stockard took second in the long jump during the 2001 large-school finals.
The last Alton guy to snare an individual state championship was Larry Perry in the 1975 long jump. He also finished first in that event 40 years ago and was state runner-up in the triple jump for both 1974-75.
In addition, Brown had a distance of 17 feet 5.75 inches in the long jump and was 11th among the dozen qualifiers.
In Class 2A girls competition at O’Brien Stadium, Jersey’s Mary Kate Davis and Sydney Jones made it through prelims into Saturday’s finals.
Davis, a senior high jumper, went 5-0 and was one of 16 qualifiers for the finals. Jones, a junior, leaped 35-2.5 in the triple jump and was one of 12 to advance to the finals. She is eighth overall. Jones went 15-7 in the long jump, but didn’t advance.
Civic Memorial’s Alex Singleton, a sophomore and the 3,200-meter sectional champion at Springfield, will compete in that event Saturday. She has the 24th-best time overall.
Competition in all three classes, including Class 1A, is scheduled to begin at 10 Saturday morning. In field events, the triple jump will follow the long jump, which gets going with the 1A group. Then it’s Class 2A and Class 3A athletes completing the process.
Class 1A participants competed Thursday during the opening day of the meet.
Prep Boys Track
William McLemore of East Alton-Wood River and Matt Harnett of Roxana secured victories in the Springfield Southeast Sectional at Memorial Stadium. Both will participate in next week’s IHSA three-class finals.
McLemore won the 3,200-meters in 9:57.68, while Harnett was best in the long jump by going 43-8. McLemore finished six seconds in front of Chatham Glenwood’s Landon Skelly. Tra Mond Lewis of Springfield Southeast was runner-up to Hartnett at 43 feet, 7.5 inches.
Springfield High won the team title with 91 points. Jacksonville placed second with 71 points. EA-WR was 11th with 18 points and Roxana 12th with 12 points. Jersey took 13th with eight points, but neither the Panthers nor the Civic Memorial Eagles qualified anyone for state.
At Edwardsville, the host Tigers scored 109 points for team honors. Bloomington was second with 73 points in the 15-school meet. Alton’s Redbirds were last, scoring two points.
Edwardsville won five events, including two relays. The Tigers’ Craig James was best in the 110-meter high hurdles at 14.07 and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 38.10.
Host Carlinville and New Berlin tied for the team title with 65 points apiece in the Cavaliers’ small-school sectional. Madison (62 points), Staunton (58) and Southwestern (50) followed them in the 14-team competition.
The Piasa Birds’ 4x400-meter relay team, second in 3:33.58, qualified for state. So did their 4x100-meter relay squad, third in 44.26, and their 4x200-meter relay foursome, third in 1:32.74.
Drew Cook of Gillespie won both hurdle events and Carlinville’s Jack Denby soared 16-0 to finish first in the pole vault. Staunton’s Marcus Sitko went 22-1.5 to win the long jump. He was also runner-up in the triple jump and 100-meters.
Marquette 3, Columbia 2, PK – The Explorers needed penalty kicks to oust host Columbia in the finals of the Eagles’ 2A Sectional. Marquette, now 18-5-1, advances to Tuesday's Metro East Lutheran Super-Sectional in Edwardsville.
Kate Sanfilippo and Annabelle Copeland scored for Marquette, which trailed 1-0 and 2-1. Casey Wood and Claire Hausmann tallied for Columbia.
Bailey Hartich, Danielle Huber, Sanfilippo and Kail Segieda converted penalty kicks for Marquette. The Eagles made their first three PKs, then Explorers' goalie Abby Porter stopped Rachel Ribolzi's shot to secure the victory.
The Explorers will play Rochester, which scored a 5-0 victory in the finals of the Rockets’ Sectional. Rochester had eliminated Quincy Notre Dame, 5-1 in a sectional semifinal.
Marquette and Columbia battled to a 2-2 standoff through regulation and two overtime periods. Then the Explorers converted four penalty kicks, one more than the Eagles, for their sectional championship.
Jersey 10, Collinsville 4 – Jersey closed its regular season at 22-12 with a nonconference win over Collinsville at Schell Field. It’s the second-most wins in school history.
Winning hurler Jake Varble needed only 76 pitches to subdue the Kahoks. Jordan Witt’s bases-loaded triple highlighted the Panthers’ five-run sixth. Crick Kimble also added a two-run single. Luke Shively went 3-for-4 to stir the offense. Jersey had 11 hits in all.
The Panthers are idle until Wednesday when they play host Highland in the Bulldogs Class 3A Regional. Game time is 7 p.m. at Glik Park. Jersey is seeded second behind Civic Memorial, which plays the Marquette-Triad winner at 4:30.
The Explorers go to Triad for a 4:30 game Monday to start the regional.