COLLINSVILLE — Catherine Jakich is on a roll.
The Granite City senior won the discus for the second straight meet after winning the event with a throw of 120 feet, 8 inches at the Collinsville Invitational on Friday.
Three days before, Jakich won the discus title at the Madison County championship meet, which was also at Collinsville.
"I just came out with the mentality that I needed to have a good week because the past couple of weeks have been rough," Jakich said.
Now, Jakich is looking to win the discus at the Southwestern Conference championship meet on Wednesday at Granite City, which will be her final home high school track meet.
Last year, she came up one place short of earning all-league honors in the discus as she placed fourth in the event at the conference meet in O'Fallon.
"I'm pretty excited to be on our own (discus and shot put) rings for our last regular season meet before sectionals," Jakich said. "I'm excited. I've been throwing there for four years, so I should be pretty comfortable with the rings and everything."
The Warriors finished eighth out of 11 teams with 41.5 points at the Collinsville Invitational. Jakich was the only Granite City athlete who won a championship at the meet.
The Alton Redbirds placed sixth with 70 points and had a pair of champions. Junior LaJarvia Brown won the triple jump in 41-1, which broke her meet record of 38 feet from last year, and freshman Katie Mans won the high jump in 5-4.
Alton also got second-place finishes from Brown in the 300-meter hurdles and junior Jewel Wagner in the shot put and a third-place finish from junior Taylor Carpenter in the 100-meter hurdles.
"All in all, it was a pretty good day overall," Alton coach Terry Mitchell said.
Mitchell said he was pleased to see Mans win another championship in the high jump. She won the event in 5-4 at Tuesday's county meet.
"Katie has been consistent," Mitchell said. "She's been 5-4, 5-4, 5-4 in the last three meets. We're trying to get her over 5-6. She's been there once already. We're trying to see if we can get her there again and I think we will."
Jakich won her first Madison County championship after placing first in the discus in 126-2 in Tuesday’s county meet. She threw that mark in her sixth and final attempt to win the title.
"It was a great feeling walking into the ring on my last throw knowing that I have to throw over 125 feet in order to win," said Jakich, who finished fourth in the discus in last year's county meet in Alton. "I just threw it and it went over 126 feet and I was happy. I was really excited to win county. It was something that I wanted to do the last four years. To accomplish it is a good feeling."
On Friday, Jakich threw a 120-8 in her third attempt to clinch the victory. She also finished third in the shot put in 37-10.
Jakich said she has improved tremendously from the last two weeks.
"I haven't been throwing well," Jakich said. "Little things have been off and my technique has been off. So for this week to come back and have big throws, that's been nice."
Jakich has been competing with the Granite City track team since her freshman year. Last year, she qualified for state in the discus after placing sixth in the event in 118 feet at the Class 3A Rock Island Sectional. On March 28, Jakich began her senior season with a victory in the discus at the Southwestern Illinois Relays.
Jakich credits assistant coach Jake Janek for her successful track career.
"He's been great," Jakich said. "Every day, he comes out and he helps me fix my technique and I would definitely not be the thrower that I am today."