Nashville sophomore Carli Hoffman won the shot put, and the Hornettes qualified athletes for the Class 1A state track championships in nine events as they raced to the team title at the Class 1A Chester Sectional track meet Friday at Chester High School.
Hoffman had a winning toss of 35 feet, 5 inches for Nashville which also won the 3,200 meter relay on its way to scoring 105 points as it nipped host Chester by 10 points for the championship.
While Nashville won the team title, the individual stars of the meet were Lebanon senior Casey Berberich and Althoff senior Epiphany Smith.
Berberich qualified for the state finals in four events. The Greyhounds senior won the long jump and triple jump and placed second in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles as she led the way for local athletes.
Smith won the 100 meters and 200 meters for Althoff .
Among the other local state qualifiers were sectional champions Cheyenne Doverspike, of Wesclin (pole vault); Julie Snider, of Dupo (discus); Elyse Faust, of Mater Dei (3,200 meters); Madelyn Tepe, of Okawville (800 meters); Danika White, of New Athens (400 meters); and Greta Stark, of Mater Dei (1,600 meters).
The Class A State Track Meet begins Thursday at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston and concludes with finals Saturday.
Mascoutah fares well at Class 2A Salem Sectional
Mascoutah High School senior Mackenzie Dixon won the 800 meters and also earned a berth in the Class 2A girls state track and field meet in the 300-meter hurdles on Thursday to pace a strong Indians effort at the Salem sectional at Salem High School.
Dixon won the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 17.93 seconds and placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.92 seconds for the Indians. Mascoutah will have six entries at the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet which will be held May 19-20 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Also qualifying for the Indians were DeJae Hudson, who placed second in the long jump (17 feet, 3 3/4 inches), and Sydney Brown, who was second in the 100 meters (12.98 seconds). Mascoutah will also have entries in the 400- and 800-meter relays.
Freeburg will also have six entries in Charleston. The Midgets received championship efforts from Stephanie Jacobs in the pole vault (11 feet) and Caroline Gagen in the triple jump (34 feet, 7 3/4 inches). Individuals Kristen Collier (2:21.20) in the 800 meters and Breanna Chandler (1:01.12) in the 400 meters also qualified, as did the Midgets’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams.
An all-state runner in the cross country season, Waterloo sophomore Jenna Schwartz is one of the top contenders for the state title in the 3,200 meters after nipping Bulldogs teammate Ella King. Schwartz finished with a time of 11 minutes, 28.57 seconds. King, who also qualified, finished in 11 minutes, 40 seconds.
Also qualifying from Waterloo was Libby Price in the 800 meters (2:20.14). Columbia standout Kelsey Weatherford will compete in Charleston after clearing 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault.