Springfield IL girls track honorees: Capital Region Sports Awards
The State Journal-Register’s Capital Region High School Sports Awards show streamed online via YouTube on June 30.
The broadcast event recognized the area’s best student-athletes and may be found on the Capital Region High School Sports Awards website.
The SJ-R will publish a special section on Aug. 1 to highlight the best athletes. Each sport, except tennis and swimming and diving, will have a Large School and Small School award winner in the special section.
An overall winner was selected in the broadcast so they may be considered for the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards statewide show, which aired on Thursday, July 15.
Here are this year’s 24 honorees for girls track and field, with 12 spots designated for both Large School and Small School.
LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
SARAH BYRD, Springfield High, senior
Won both the shot put and discus throw in the Central State Eight Conference Meet, qualified for state by winning the Class 3A O’Fallon Sectional’s shot put and finished fourth in discus; she was second at state in shot put.
HALEY GIBBONS, Jacksonville, junior
Won the 300 hurdles and was runner-up in the 100 hurdles at the CS8 Meet then barely missed out on a state berth with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles at the 2A Macomb Sectional.
NIA GIBSON, Chatham Glenwood, junior
Third in the CS8 in the 800 run then helped the Titans finish third in the 4×400 relay. At the 3A O’Fallon Sectional, she was third in the 800, one spot shy of a state trip.
BECCA HEITZIG, Lincoln, freshman
Won the Apollo Conference’s 800 and was second in the 1,600; at the 2A Macomb Sectional, she won both races. At state, she was the 800’s runner-up.
AMEERIA JACKSON, Southeast, freshman
At the CS8 Meet, she was fifth in the 100 and helped Southeast to a second-place finish in the 4×200 and third in the 4×100; at the 2A East Alton-Wood River Sectional, she was second in the 100 and anchored the Spartans’ runner-up team in the 4×100.
TRINITY MAURICE, Chatham Glenwood, sophomore
Runner-up in the high jump at the CS8 Meet where she also placed fourth in the 400 and helped the Titans to third in the 4×400; at the 3A O’Fallon Sectional, she was third in the high jump.
REESE MCCUAN, Lincoln, junior
Second in triple jump and third in the 400 and long jump at Apollo Meet, won the 2A Macomb Sectional’s triple jump and was third in the 400. At state, she was fifth in the triple jump.
LINDEN NEPOSCHLAN, Springfield High, sophomore
Second in the pole vault at the CS8 meet and helped the Senators to second in the 4×100; at the 3A O’Fallon Sectional, she earned a state berth with a runner-up finish in pole vault.
OLIVIA REDPATH, Sacred Heart-Griffin, freshman
Helped SHG win the 4×400 relay at the CS8 Meet where she was third in the 100; at the 2A East Alton-Wood River Sectional, she won the 100 and the Cyclones were second in the 4×100 to qualify for state in both.
STERLING SCARLETTE, Sacred Heart-Griffin, sophomore
A three-event CS8 Meet champ, she won the 400 then helped SHG to relay wins in the 4×400 and 4×800; at the 2A East Alton-Wood River Sectional, she qualified for state with a runner-up finish in the 400 and ran on the second-place 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams. She was ninth at state in the 400.
ABBEY STOTTLER, Chatham Glenwood, senior
Won the CS8 Meet’s triple jump, fourth in long jump; at 3A O’Fallon Sectional, she won the triple jump to qualify for state.
COLLEEN ZEIBERT, Rochester, sophomore
Swept the 800 and 1,600 runs at the CS8 Meet then did the same thing at the 2A East Alton-Wood River Sectional. She got the bronze medal in the 800 at state and was fifth in the 1,600.
SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
CASSIDY CLARK, Mount Pulaski, junior
Clark reached fourth place in the discus throw with a distance of 123-feet, 10 ½-inches at the Class 1A state meet. She also took 11th place in the shot put.
ALEXIS EVRLEY, Pana, senior
Evrley claimed seventh place in the discus throw with a distance of 117-feet, 3-inches at the Class 1A state meet. She also tossed 37-feet, 4-inches for eighth place in the shot put.
KARMYN FLESCH, Pawnee, senior
Flesch captured 13th place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.40 at the Class 1A state meet. She also took 17th place in the 200 in 27.11 seconds.
JOLIE FOREMAN, Riverton, junior
Foreman achieved sixth place in the discus throw with a distance of 117-feet, 11 ¾-inches at the Class 1A state finals. She also finished 20th place in shot put.
CARLY GUINN, Litchfield, junior
Guinn tied for eighth place in the high jump at 4-feet, 11 ¾-inches in the Class 1A state meet.
KRISTA KOKE, Havana, senior
Koke claimed ninth place in the 800-meter run in 2:25.77 at the Class 1A state meet.
TEAGAN MORLEY, Pleasant Plains, sophomore
Morley sprinted to 12th place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.79 seconds and 14th place in the 400 in 1:01.93 at the Class 1A state finals. She additionally helped the Cardinals’ 4×400 relay team to ninth place in 4:17.90 and finished in 19th place in the pole vault.
KACI PAPIN, Hillsboro, junior
Papin finished state runner-up in the high jump at the Class 2A state finals with a height of 5-feet, 4 ½-inches.
KYLIE PERIMAN, New Berlin, junior
Periman tied for eighth place in the high jump by reaching 4-feet, 11 ¾-inches in the Class 1A state meet.
BRIANNA SARVER, Pana, senior
Sarver took seventh place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.65 seconds at the Class 1A state finals. She also grabbed 11th place in the 200 in 26.45 seconds.
PAYTON SCHURMAN, New Berlin, junior
Schurman assisted New Berlin’s 4×100 relay team to sixth place in 51.66 and 4×200 to 12th place in 1:51.56 at the Class 1A state meet. She also leaped to 17th in the triple jump and 18th in the long jump.
NIKKIE SHAFFER, Pleasant Plains, junior
Shaffer reached ninth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.59 at the Class 1A state meet. She additionally took ninth place on the Plains’ 4×400 relay team and 22nd place in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.98.