CHARLESTON — By trusting in her training, Windsor Roberts was bold enough to defend her Class 1A pole vault title in the 47th girls state track meet on Saturday.
The Tri-Valley High School sophomore, who won at 12 feet last year, cleared 12-6 to become the ninth girl in meet history to win more than once since the pole vault was introduced in 2001.
“Without that (trust in my training), I would have no confidence,” Roberts said. “I trust my coach (Tom Coulon) completely. He is just amazing.”
Roberts also thanked the Normal-based Flying Dragons Field Event Center.
“I go there whenever it’s raining, during the winter, pretty much all year round,” she said. “Without them, I definitely would not be here.”
Roberts missed on three attempts at a 1A meet record of 13-1, which was one inch above her personal best. She made first-attempt clearances at 11-6, 12-0 and 12-3 before needing two tries at 12-6.
“Two wins in a row, that’s pretty cool,” she said.
Northwest Missouri State recruit Delanie Dykes of GCMS placed third in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 19.66 seconds and ran ninth in the 400 in 1:02.01 to push her career total of state medals to five.
A year ago, she was third in the 800 in a career best of 2:18.02 and took fourth in the 400 in a school record 58.92.
“I gave it everything I’ve got (in the 800) and that got me third so I’m not mad at all,” she said.
Sixth in the 400 went to Central Catholic freshman Megan Becker in 1:00.52. She said if someone had told the first day of practice that she'd be sixth, “I would have been really shocked.”
Eastern Illinois recruit Katie Springer of Delavan was a double medalist, placing eighth in the 300 hurdles (47.36) and ninth in the 800 (2:24.48) to end her career with a school record five state medals. A strong southerly breeze took a toll, especially in the hurdles.
“I just think it messed with all of my steps,” she said. “I was stuttering for each one so that really slowed me down a lot.”
On Thursday, she posted marks of 46.78 and 2:21.76. A year ago, she was fifth in the 300 hurdles (46.75) and 12th in the 800 (2:20.96).
Illinois State softball recruit Jayden Standish of the Ridgeview-Lexington co-op improved two places from Thursday’s discus prelims by throwing 126-6 on her final attempt for seventh.
“I had a great time today so it was a great experience,” she said. “I can’t wait to hopefully come back next year and see what I can do.”