CHARLESTON – Prairie Ridge’s Natasha Schaffer and Huntley’s Daryn Davis displayed their flair for the dramatic in the Class 3A triple jump.
Both were about to leave the triple jump finals at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet empty-handed. Then, on their last attempts, both landed career-best efforts to take medals. Schaffer went 38 feet, 10 inches to take third, Davis went 38-2 and took sixth.
Cary-Grove’s Tabor Gleason had less tension in the 3A high jump where she tied for third. She had no misses through 5-5, then bowed out at 5-6.
Other local medalists in Class 2A were Woodstock’s Kylie Hagmann (sixth in the 3,200), Marian Central’s Eve Meintz (tied for sixth in high jump) and Woodstock’s Cora Uidl (tied for seventh in the pole vault.
The other local 3A medalists were Crystal Lake South’s Caitlin Bruzzini (eighth in the 3,200) and Prairie Ridge’s Sam Fisher (tied for ninth in pole vault).
Schaffer, who barely made the finals after taking seventh last year, scratched on her first two jumps Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field, then put everything together on her last attempt.
“I’m in shock,” said Schaffer, a junior. “I was prepared again for the worst. I just put all my heart in that last jump. I stopped worrying about all the small things and my mark. I put all the small things behind me and jumped how I knew I could.”
Schaffer walked to look at the tape measure, then leaped into the air and ran to the fence nearby to celebrate with her jumps coach, Delmar Dade.
Davis, a freshman, landed her best jump by 11 inches to tie for fifth. The tie-breaking second-best jump gave her sixth place.
“I thought it was the last jump of the season, the last jump of my freshman year, I got to put everything into it, [get a personal-best], get a place,” Davis said. “I just wanted to put everything I have into every phase and go as far as I could.”
After they finished, the two celebrated together and talked as they waited to receive their medals.
Gleason made the 3A high jump finals last year and finished 11th.
“Last year, 5-5 got me nothing, so to do that again for third, I’m happy with that,” Gleason said. “I felt like I jumped well. I would have been happier with 5-6, but I had no misses, it was smooth and I’m happy.”
Gleason was two spots from making the triple jump finals as well as the high jump.
Uidl joins Schaffer as the only area athletes to medal each of the last two years. She cleared 11-0 to tie for seventh in the 2A pole vault. She passed at 11-3 and came back at 11-6, but could not make that height.
“I was happy with how I was jumping,” said Uidl, who will vault at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-LaCrosse. “I was really fast, and I got on bigger poles than I had been all year. I just couldn’t get the timing right with everything. I feel good about what I did. I’m just kind of sorry my height wasn’t a little better.”
IHSA State Meet
At Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Class 2A Finals Local Results
3,200 meters: 6. Kylie Hagmann (Woodstock)11:26.72; 12. Abigail Jones (Marian Central) 11:37.08
Shot put: 12. Megan Curran (Richmond-Burton) 38-0.5
Discus: 11. Curran (R-B) 115-1
High jump: 6 (tie). Eve Meintz (MC) 5-3
Pole vault: 7 (tie). Cora Uidl (Wdk) 11-0
Class 3A Finals Local Results
3,200 meters: 8. Bruzzini (CL South) 10:49.96
High jump: 3 (tie). Tabor Gleason (Cary-Grove) 5-5
Triple jump: 3. Natasha Schaffer (Prairie Ridge) 38-10, 6. Daryn Davis (Huntley) 38-2
Pole vault: 9 (tie). Sam Fisher (PR) 11-0