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Downers South junior Erin Reidy was second in the 800 (2:13.79) and anchored the advancing third-place 3,200 relay with senior Becky Versaskas, sophomore Rebecca Diddia and senior Olivia Duax (9:26.58).
Junior Ari Johnson was second in triple jump (personal-best 37-6 1/2) and long jump (17-5). In the 3,200, junior Brenna Cohoon (10:53.95) and senior Melissa Weidner (10:59.07) were fifth and sixth among seven qualifiers for Downers Grove South.
Weidner earned her first individual state berth – and broke 11:00 for the first time. Last year, Cohoon was an all-state seventh and Weidner had the fastest sectional 3,200 not to qualify (11:13.67).
“It’s so amazing, knowing that my training has led up to this moment,” Weidner said. “It’s senior year, running with one of my best friends and setting a lifetime best. It feels like this is the perfect wrap-up.”
Hinsdale Central junior Dior Nicholson won shot put (41-1 1/4) and was second in discus (122-8).
An all-state ninth in discus in 2018, Nicholson approached her 41-5 1/2 best in shot.
Second-place junior Emma Watcke (1,600 in 4:54.91), fourth-place junior McKenna Revord (3,200 in 10:49.52), sixth-place senior Bella Pisani (800 in 2:16.86) and the fourth-place 3,200 relay of Pisani, senior Kayla Byrne, junior Taylor Wagner and senior Gillian Filer (9:33.38) also qualified.
Lemont junior Morgan Wrublik was second in shot (40-5) and freshman Kaylie Politza fourth in the 800 (2:14.22) for their first state trips.
“(Qualifying) was kind of my ultimate goal,” said Politza, who also broke her 2:14.51 school record. “I didn’t think I would because of the weather but I think the competition really helped. I think I broke down some mental barriers (thinking) that I wasn’t good enough.”
Wrublik owns the school shot record (41-5 1/2) and broke the discus record Thursday with a non-qualifying 115-5.
“After every throw I just get more excited what the future can possibly hold so it’s fun,” Wrublik said.
Wrublik also is a member of Lemont’s competitive cheerleading team that won state last year in the medium division and was fifth this season.
“When we won state [cheerleading] as a team, it was like we worked hard for it. This is more I’m working hard for it,” Wrublik said.