Illinois Top Times: Jump courageous in sprint double win
By Michael Newman
Bloomington, Ill --- It was not noticeable to the fans who were watching the Illinois Top Times Meet at the Shirk Center. Jessica Jump (Metro-East Lutheran HS, Edwardsville) had just finished winning the first heat in the 60 Meter Dash. As she crossed the finish line, a grimace went over her face. Over a week ago after the Charleston Invitational, Jump had injured her left hamstring during a workout according to her Coach Dave Redden.
In the final, Taylor Adcock (Central A&M HS, Moweaqua) was in Lane Two while Jump was in Lane 4. Adcock 10 minutes earlier had finished third in the 60 Meter Hurdles only one hundredths of a second behind the winner Jenny Kimbro (Catlin HS, Catlin) and Peyton Wade (Aurora Christian HS, Aurora). Adcock was looking for a couple of places higher.
Jump got a great start. It seemed like Adcock was playing catch-up the entire race. Adcock caught Jump but after the finish line. Jump received the win (7.87-7.88). As she left the track, she seemed to favor that left leg and it was noticeable.
The Metro East Lutheran senior was a scratch out of the 400 Meter Dash. “She wanted to run the race,” Redden said. “We just could not let her.” Satisfied that her leg was okay, she was allowed to race in the 200 Meter Dash.
In the final heat of the 200, Jump got off to a good start. Half way down the back straightaway, her right arm flipped up in the air in an unnatural motion. It looked like she that left hamstring was about to go. Still she moved on trying to catch up to her competitors. Down the home straightaway, she passed Amelia Glueck (Tremont HS, Tremont) and Erin West (Clinton HS, Clinton).
She crossed the finish line and collapsed to the ground, grabbing her hamstring, and crying uncontrollably. The crowd at the Shirk Center went deafly quiet as trainers attended to her. Her time (26.23) was not her fastest of the year. But perhaps it was the most courageous run of the night. It was later reported that she did not tear her hamstring. They would do an MRI to determine what to do over the next few days.
The girls’ 1A meet had its share of meet records. Of course there were records set in the 60 Meter Dash and the 60 Meter Hurdles since this was the first year that the events were contested. The only other record was in the Pole Vault. Taylor Knauf (Aurora Christian HS, Aurora) tied her PR that she set at the Windy City PV Summit by clearing 12-0. She was the only athlete over that height.
There was only one double individual winner in the Girls meet besides Jump. Kandie Bloch (Argenta-Oreana HS, Argenta) entered the Triple Jump competition as the fifth seeded jumper. She did better than that winning the event jumping 35-4 more than a foot better previous best. She then proceeded to her favorite event the High Jump. It was supposed to be a tough competition with 5 athletes jumping 5-5 or better entering the event. Bloch was the only athlete to clear 5-8 to win the event.
“I felt really good. I never nicked the bar at 5-8. Apparently, I was really over 5-8 because I could not clear 5-10,” Bloch said. “I’ve cleared it once. It is a long season ahead. I’ll get it.”
All three of the distance races had their level of suspense. In the 3200 Meter Run, pre meet favorite Brittney Burmester (Red Bud HS, Red Bud) pulled away from teammate Deanna Deterding and Regan Weidner (Bureau Valley HS, Manlius) in the last half mile to win in a new PR (11:32.47). Her margin of victory over Deterding was seven seconds.
“This was the first time coming here. It was a chance to make something for myself,” said Burmester. “I knew I was #1 coming in here. But I know at state that anything can happen. My goal was to stick with whoever was keeping the pace and finish the best that I could.”
The 800 Meter Run became a battle between Julie James (El Paso-Gridley HS, El Paso), Cassie Mundekis (Midwest Central HS, Manito), and Maddison Zimmer (Delavan HS, Delavan) as the three went through the 400 in 68.9. James started to take control of the race at that point. With 150 Meters to go, Mundekis made a move past James that she could not respond through. The margin of victory for Mundekis (2:18.88) was one and a half seconds.
The 1600 Meter Run looked like a St. Teresa team practice as three of their runners held the lead With 600 Meters to go, Ivy Handley took the lead over with her teammate Rachel Devereux following closely behind. In the last 150 meters, Handley was getting tired as her running form started to struggle. Devereux passed her teammate as she held off a strong Burmester to win in 5:23.28.
This meet offered team championship trophies for the first time in the meet history. Erie-Prophetstown, powered by two relay wins in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay (1:48.02) and the 4 x 400 Meter Relay (4:10.06), won the title by one half point over St. Teresa.