PANA – Freshman Emma Meyer won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at Tuesday’s South Central Conference Championships to lead Vandalia’s 10 top-six finishes and help the team finish fourth.
Meyer placed four times overall, as did freshman Anna Miller, and sophomore Jalea Paslay had three top-six finishes.
“I am ecstatic,” said coach Gena Nance. “These girls make a phenomenal team, because even more than athletes, they are great people.
“This is about where I was thinking we’d be,” she said. “This is what I was expecting.”
Meyer paced the field in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.28 seconds, and she finished the 200-meter dash in 27.89.
She was also the anchor for the 4X100-meter relay, which finished second in 52.75, nearly breaking the school record. The first three legs of the relay were run by Miller, freshman Madeline Cade and Paslay.
Meyer tied her own school record by clearing 10 feet in the pole vault. Greenville senior Mattie Carter and Carlinville sophomore Katie Denby tied for a new conference record at 10 feet, 6 inches.
“Emma is a champ,” Nance said. “She puts it on the line.”
Miller set the school record in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing fourth in 50.29 in only her second time running the race, breaking the mark of 51.34, which was set in 1992.
She also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.76) and 200-meter dash (29.52).
Paslay placed third in the 800 in 2:32, falling just short of the school record. She passed two runners on the second lap of the race.
She also took sixth in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:06.5.
Junior Johanna Walton cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to place fourth in the high jump.
Now, Vandalia will turn its attention to qualifying for the state meet.
The Lady Vandals have a home meet on Thursday, then will travel to the Staunton Sectional next Thursday, and the team is expected to have some state qualifers.
Both of Meyer’s sprint times are a fraction of a second short of the state meet’s automatic-qualifying time, and she has regularly exceeded the pole vault qualifying height of 9 feet, 3 inches.
The 4X100-meter relay team is about a second short of the qualifying standard, as is Miller in the 300-meter hurdles.
Paslay is about six seconds off the qualifying standard in the 800 and four seconds shy in the 400.
Prior to the sectional, the freshmen and sophomores will travel to Gillespie on Saturday for the SCC F/S Championships.
Tuesday, May 6
at SCC Championships
•Meyer, 100-meter dash (13.28)
•Meyer, 200-meter dash (27.89)
•4X100-meter relay (Miller, Cade, Paslay and Meyer), 52.75
•Meyer, pole vault (10 feet)
•Paslay, 800-meter run (2:32)
•Miller, 100-meter hurdles (17.76)
•Miller, 300-meter hurdles (50.29)
•Miller, 200-meter dash (29.52)
•Walton, high jump (4 feet, 10 inches)
•Paslay, 400-meter dash (1:06.5)