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South’s Nassos, Zappia claim first state medals

CHARLESTON – Throughout the outdoor track season, Heidi Nassos found herself stuck at a height of 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault.

Turns out, the Wheaton Warrenville South junior was just saving her best for last.

At the Class 3A IHSA state meet on Saturday, Nassos set a personal record with a mark of 11 feet and garnered all-state status with her eighth-place finish.

"It feels awesome," Nassos said. "I've been going 10-6 since indoor season and I had not improved. I was consistently going 10-6 and just hit a wall. [Saturday] really reassured me that this is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I'm really happy with my performance."

Nassos said that being down at the state meet last year as an alternate proved to be a beneficial experience.

"Last year I was down here [to watch] my teammate," she said, "and I think that's just really motivational to say, I want to be here, I want to medal next year. So now it finally is next year and this is my chance and all the adrenaline is going, so I think it definitely is the meet, too."

South senior Erin Zappia finished ninth in the high jump after clearing 5-4.

"It's my first state medal, so I'm happy about that, it was my goal for the season," Zappia said. "I wish I would have done better. I jumped about four inches under my [personal record], so not my best day, but I'm happy with the medal."

Zappia, who was dealing with a foot/heel injury, will continue her jumping career at Liberty University in Virginia.

Amy Smith added a 10th place showing in the pole vault (10-6).

Additionally, Alexandra Enright competed in Friday's prelims of the high jump and cleared a height of 5-2, and Emma Dalan had a time of 46.12 seconds in the prelims of the 300-meter hurdles.

The 4x100 relay team of Kaydee Snodgress, Jennifer Fiola, Jessica Winternheimer and Maggie Dansdill had a time of 49.43 Friday, and that same grouping crossed the line in 1:44.92 in the 4x200. The 4 x 800 quartet of Dalan, Enright, Sara Atkins and Melinda Franke clocked a time of 9:28.47.

Wheaton North

Competing in the Class 3A prelims of the pole vault on Friday, Sarah Bradley cleared a height of 9-9. The 14 athletes who advanced to Saturday's finals had a mark of 10-6.

St. Francis

Making her initial appearance at the IHSA Class 2A state meet, freshman Molly McCarthy came in 11th place in the high jump after clearing 5-2.

Fellow freshman Amanda Peterson competed in the prelims of the 100-meter dash and crossed the line in 13.49 seconds.

The 4x200 relay team of Peterson, Brianna French, Ana Bormann and Caty Lozinak posted a time of 1:50.28 in the prelims.

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3 Points scored by Wheaton Warrenville South at the state meet. The Tigers finished in a tie for 60th place.

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