The Wildcats seventh grade girls track team came out on top of the May 10-11 7A IESA state track meet, finishing with a team score of 37.5 and beating out Teutopolis, St. Anthony, and a number of Chicagoland teams for the top honor.
Among the athletes key in the girls’ victory was Grace Nelson, who secured 25 points for the Wildcats on her own. Her first place 100-meter hurdles time of 16.35 seconds was 0.32 seconds better than the second place winner, a Newark Lisbon student, and was a full second ahead of runners in fifth place and lower. Her long jump was an event-winning distance of 17’2”, compared to the 15’10” jump from the second place athlete.
For her long jump, Nelson earned a place on the all-time event records, tying the existing girls 7A record-setting jump of 17’2”, set in 2017. Nelson is the only Altamont player holding a state junior high track record, and is the second ever to break into state records following Johanna Haywood’s two 2008 and one 2007 records, which have all been broken.
Finally, Nelson placed fourth in a 34-athlete 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1:04.24. The winning 400-meter time was 1:02.52, posted by Teutopolis athlete Kaitlyn Vahling.
Raylynn Myers tacked on some valuable points as well, picking up 5.5 team points for her third place tie in pole vault competition. Her 7’3” jump was six inches shy of second place St. Anthony athlete Allison Geen’s jump, though the winning jump was a full two feet away from Myers at 9’3”. Kylie Osteen also competed in pole vault finals, tying with a Danville Schlarman athlete for tenth place with a jump of 6’9”.
The team picked up another two points thanks to Peyton Osteen, whose 80’2” discus throw secured her fourth place. First place athlete Sydney Kibler, St. Anthony, threw 88’1”.
Finally, the girls netted seventh place in the 4×100-meter relay, posting a time of 56.42 seconds. A first place team from Grayslake Prairie Crossing finished in 54.93 seconds, and Altamont was only 0.02 seconds shy of sixth place team Rushville Schuyler Industry. This team included Kylie Osteen, Peyton Osteen, Libby Reardon, and Nelson.
Though no other team placed in state rankings, several individual athletes from both boys teams and the eighth grade girls team placed well in individual competition.
Kalliana Becker grabbed a fourth place finish in high jump competition, making a jump of 4’11” and narrowly edging out a fifth-place jumper from Fisher. The event-winning jump was only two inches higher, at 5’1”. Becker also picked up an eighth place finish in discus throw for 8A competition, posting a distance on 86’1”. The winning throw in 8A competition was 101’4”.
In girls 8A pole vault competition, Remington Miller placed sixth with a jump height of 7’6”, while Maya Moore took 12th for her jump of 6’6”. The top jump in this competition was 8’3”, posted by Teutopolis athlete Danielle Sarchet. Miller posted a jump within an inch of four other athletes, including fifth place athlete Sanna Trupiano of St. Anthony.
In boys 7A competition, Aden McManaway posted a number of notable results, including a third place high jump of 5’1”, four inches shy of the champion jump, a tenth place discus throw of 97’1”, and a 24th place finish in the 800-meter run, time of 2:27.03. Seventh grade athlete Justin Kollmann placed 13th in pole vault competition, posting a 7’3” jump. Finally, the seventh grade 4×100-meter relay team placed 25th with a time of 55.43 seconds, and the 4×400-meter relay team finished 20th, 4:26.95.
In eighth grade boys competition, Logan Cornett made a 12th place long jump finish with his 17’8.5” jump. Wyatt Phillips and Eric Kollmann finished 12th and 14th respectively in discus competition with throws of 115’1” and 113’1”. Phillips them made a 24th place finish in shot put for his 37’4.5” throw, and the 4×200-meter relay team came in fourth overall with a time of 1:44.6.