Vandalia’s Anna Miller is quite familiar with the track at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. But that doesn’t mean that every return trip isn’t special.
“I’ve been there (state track meet) every year, but it’s still pretty awesome,” said Miller, who advanced to this year’s state track meet with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and an easy win in the 300-meter hurdles at the Staunton sectional.
Making the trip to EIU with Miller, a senior, is teammate Emma Warner, the VCHS sophomore who advanced in the pole vault competition by finishing second, and Brownstown/St. Elmo freshman Claire Wilhour, who also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
Miller placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.46, with Alyssa Vignos of New Berlin winning at 16.22.
In the 300-meter low hurdles, Miller won with a time of 47.92, with her closest competitor being Zoe Murphy of Mt. Olive at 50.50.
Warner placed second in the pole vault by going 9 feet, 7 inches. Emma Smith of Carlinville won at a height of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Among those competing with Warner in the pole vault at state is former VCHS student Emma Meyer, the top qualifier at 11 feet, 9 inches.
Wilhour qualified with a first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.62 and with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.89.
In the 4×100 relay, the VCHS team of Miller, Madeline Cade, Katie Tarkington and Madison Klanke finished third with a time of 52.57. Despite a lean by Klanke at the finish, the Lady Vandals finished just 0.17 seconds from placing second and 0.56 seconds from qualifying time-wise.
Also at the sectional meeting, Klanke placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.16 seconds, and Olivia Marquardt placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.14.
Vandalia placed seventh in team scoring with 41 points. Litchfield placed first with 86 points, outdistancing second-place New Berlin by 17 points.