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Matt Hartnett breaks the school record and earns a trip to the state finals with a triple jump of 43 feet, 8 inches.
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Will McLemore passes for the lead in the 3200-meter run at the 2A sectionals in Springfield on May 23.
CHARLESTON — William McLemore of East Alton-Wood River and Matt Hartnett Jr. of Roxana High School are both competing this weekend at the 2A State finals at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Friday, Hartnett jumped 43 feet, 6 inches to advance into Saturday’s portion of the state finals.
Hartnett, a senior, is knocking down records in his final year. He also hit the 1,000-point mark in basketball during the winter season, also topping off his high school career by smashing the school’s triple jump record at the sectional competition in Springfield.
The previous triple jump record was 42 feet, 6 inches. Hartnett’s second jump attempt broke the record by more than a foot when he landed 43 feet, 8 inches to secure the sectional title, the new school record, and punched his ticket to the state competition.
“This is so awesome,” said Hartnett of his record-breaking jump. “I’m speechless ... I think the triple jump record was one of the longest-held records in track ... and I’m going to state.”
Roxana senior and teammate of Hartnett in both basketball and track, Jordan Brown congratulated his friend after the jump.
“I know this is a record he’s wanted since we started high school,” Brown said. “It’s so awesome he broke the school record and is heading to state ... what a way to finish senior year.”
McLemore, a senior at EA-WR, made it to state in cross country earlier this school year along with teammates. This is McLemore’s first visit to the IHSA state finals in the regular track season, and he will be competing in the 3200-meter run. On Friday, May 23, McLemore broke his previous personal record of 10:10 in the 3200 meters with a time of 9:57 at the 2A sectional in Springfield.
“I’m really excited to go to state in track,” McLemore said. “I’ve been close so many times and to finally make it my senior year ... it’s really cool and I can’t wait.”
Coach Russ Colona is taken back by McLemore’s high school career.
“I think the only race Will hasn’t won is at a state competition,” said Colona at the EA-WR Sports ceremony on Tuesday. “I think it’s time to complete his medal collection this weekend at state.”
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