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Girls track and field state notes: Huntley's Davis finishes strong after early-season injuries

Huntley's Daryn Davis competes in the triple jump during Saturday's IHSA Class 3A Girls Track and Field State Meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Huntley's Daryn Davis competes in the triple jump during Saturday's IHSA Class 3A Girls Track and Field State Meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

CHARLESTON – Huntley sophomore Daryn Davis was not able to improve her standing in the Class 3A triple jump, but finished a season in which she struggled with injuries but came on strong late this spring to make the finals.

Davis hit her career-best jump (38-2) for sixth last year. She jumped 36-9 3/4 in Friday’s preliminaries to qualify again.

“This season I was coming off injuries at the beginning of the indoor season,” said Davis, who missed time early in the outdoor season to heal. “This whole season I’ve been trying to match what I did last year, and I couldn’t really do that.”

Davis was able to qualify in the 100-meter high hurdles and the triple jump, where she edged Prairie Ridge senior Natasha Schaffer by one-half inch for the last spot in the 12-competitor finals.

Huntley coach Shawn Nordeen said a gracious Schaffer texted Davis words of encouragement Friday night.

Still the one: Woodstock graduate Kayla Beattie set state meet records with her remarkable 2011 senior season by running 9:56.56 in the Class 2A 3,200 and 4:43.65 in the 1,600.

Beattie was the first Illinois girl to break 10:00 in the 3,200, although Glenbard West sophomore Katelynne Hart set the state record in April at Glenbard West’s Sue Pariseau Invitational in 9:52.02.

Hart completed the 3A triple crown Saturday – winning the 3,200 and 1,600 to go with her state cross country championship from November – but she did not get Beattie’s records for the state meet.

Inspiring word: Woodstock junior Kylie Hagmann writes the word "bravey" on her right wrist before races, a quote from Alexi Pappas, one of her favorite distance runners.

“It inspires me during the race and stuff,” Hagmann said.

Pappas, a Greek-American, was a two-time NCAA All-American at Dartmouth and represented Greece in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Just how it works out: Cary-Grove senior Tabor Gleason finished her career with another medal when she tied for ninth place in the Class 3A high jump at 5-3.

Gleason cleared 5-5 as a sophomore and did not medal. She made 5-5 last year and took third. Gleason will compete in high and triple jumps at NCAA Division II Grand Valley State next year.

College plans: Marian Central’s Eve Meintz, the 2A high jump runner-up, will play soccer and compete in track and field at D-III Benedictine in Lisle. … Huntley’s McKenzie Krich will high jump at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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