Lebanon senior Casey Berberich moved a step away from collecting three medals by advancing to the finals of the long jump, triple jump and 100 meter hurdles during the preliminary round of the Class 1A state track and field meet Thursday in Charleston.
Fourth in the long jump in each of the past two years, Berberich had a top jump of 17 feet, 3 1/2 inches at O’Brien Stadium and is currently in fifth place heading into the finals on Saturday. A Maryville University recruit, Berberich is also in good position to earn a medal in the triple jump after posting the seventh-best jump Thursday (35 feet, 6 inches).
Preliminary round results in the long jump and triple jump carry over to the final round Saturday. Berberich clinched a medal in the 300-meter hurdles by posting the seventh-best time of 46.99 seconds.
The Class 1A preliminaries Thursday kick-off the 2017 girls state meet held at Eastern Illinois University. Class 2A preliminaries are set for Friday morning, with the Class 3A athletes competing Friday afternoon. Finals in all three classes are scheduled for Saturday.
Berberich was just one of several athletes from the metro-east are who enjoyed good performances Thursday. Madison sophomore Janiya Collins clinched a medal in the 200-meter, posting the eighth-fastest time (26.25). Collins also is in the finals of the high jump after clearing 5-1 in the prelims.
Trojans teammate Delphanae Griffin is currently third in the triple jump after leaping 36-3 1/4.
The Okawville Rockets team of Mallory Unverferht, Abbigail Riechmann, Madison Hackstadt and Madelyn Tepe earned a berth in the 3,200-meter relay with the third-best time of 9:55.68, while Wesclin’s 400-meter relay team of Olivia Jefferson, Kavali Tanuvasa-Lole, Kristina Hilmes and Faith Wyman are in the finals with the ninth-best time (51.03).