Going up to Peoria for the IESA Class AA State track and Field meet, VJHS coach Kevin Schroeder and his Junior Vandals had just one goal, win a medal.
Competing in just nine of the 57 events, against the best seventh-graders and eighth-graders in the state, their goal would not be an easy one.
Sierah Ruffner, however, rose to the occasion.
Ruffner, an eighth grader, competed in the eighth-grade girls’ high jump. Despite the event start time of noon, she had to wait until 2 p.m. before her first jump, in the third flight.