Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Track Notes, Sectionals!

Thanks to all who came out to support our team last Friday night at Mahomet.  Our young team, competing the best they have all year, placed third in the Corn Belt Conference.  We had some outstanding performances:
  • Sydney Billingsley won the 1600 and 3200 and anchored our 4 x 400
  •  Erika Simple won the 200, set a new school record in the 400 while placing second and helped us score in the 4 x100 and 4 x400
  •  Tat Peck placed in 4 different events
  • Gabi Jacobs won the Shot Put, Discus and helped our 4 X100 place coming very close to a state qualifying time.
Our younger runners held their own against older more experienced athletes with season best times and PR's.  As a coaching staff, we were as pleased with this meet as we have been with any this year.  We are very proud of our athletes and are looking forward to competing this Thursday at the Macomb Sectionals.  Sectionals is the qualifying meet for the IHSA State Track and Field Championships.  Athletes and relays meeting the qualifying standards will be able to compete at State May 17 through 19 in Charleston, IL.  Although we are a class 2A school based on the IHSA multiplier, meaning we compete with schools that have a much larger student population, we have and will continue to be competitive and have success due to the hard work and dedication of our student athletes.  Our success this season has also extended to the classroom.  All U-High Girl's Track athletes have been academically eligible all season.  It is our goal to have these young women succeed on and off the field.  They have and you, as our supporters, have many reasons to be proud of these athletes.  

Information regarding the Sectional meet scheduled for this Thursday, May 10, 2012.  The meet will be located at Macomb High School, 1525 S. Johnson St., Macomb, IL  61455

All Athletes assigned to compete, or as an alternate, at the Sectional meet will be dismissed from class at 12N and the bus will leave at 12:15p.  Although I do not know the exact time the bus will return to U-High, I am guessing it will around 11:30p.  All other teammates wishing to attend and travel on the bus must notify me and have a parent note turned into the office excusing them from school Thursday after 12N.  Due to the distant and remote location of this meet, I discourage any non-assigned athlete to drive on their own unless accompanied by a parent. 

Girls and Boys Sectional Finals Order of Events
4 x 800-Meter Relay Finals
4 x 100-Meter Relay Finals
3200-Meter Run 
100-Meter High Hurdles Finals
100-Meter Dash Finals
800-Meter Run Finals
4 x 200-Meter Relay Finals
400-Meter Dash Finals
300-Meter Low Hurdles Finals
1600-Meter Run Finals
200-Meter Dash Finals
4 x 400-Meter Relay Finals

4:00 Field Events
4:30 Prelims, Preliminaries and or semifinals must be held in the 100 and 200- Meter Dashes and the 110/100-High Hurdles
6:00 Finals

Teams assigned to Macomb Sectional:
Bartonville (Limestone)
Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)
East Peoria
Galesburg (H.S.)
Normal (University)
Peoria (H.S.)
Peoria (Manual)
Peoria (Notre Dame)
Riverton [Coop]
Stanford (Olympia)

The following are the assignments for Thursday:
Long Jump: Peck, Matchett
High Jump: Peck, (Kady) Thompson
Shot Put:  Jacobs
Triple Jump:  Armstrong
Discus:  Jacobs
4 x 800: Hulett, Cross, Walch, Herrman (Alts; Madison, Shaver, Frank)
4 x 100: Simple, Peck, Armstrong, Jacobs(Alts; Kneller, Matchett, Patterson, Baker)
3200M; Billingsley, LaFayette
100M Hurdles; Patterson
100M Dash; Peck, Kneller
800M Run; Cross, Madison
4 x 200; Baker, Matchett, Kneller, Hamm (Alts; Patterson, Armstrong, Holmes, Weaver)
400M Run; Simple, Travarathan
300M Hurdles; Patterson, Weaver
1600M Run; Billingsley, Hulett
200M Dash; Simple, Baker
4 x 400; Armstrong, Hulett, Madison, Billingsley (Alts; Herrman, Walch, Hamm, Simple)

* Please note, these are the assignments as of today.   As coaches, we may make changes to the assignments as we deem appropriate.
Please contact me if you have questions or concerns! 

Quote of the Day:
"Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams."