CHARLESTON – Finn Schirmer’s first trip to the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet did not work out as he had planned because of an injury.
Still, the Marengo sophomore learned things.
“I really took last year to observe everyone, all the athletes, they’re amazing,” Schirmer said. “I just wanted to come in this year and do my best and make the finals. That’s really I wanted.”
Schirmer got what he wanted. He was second in his heat of the Class 2A 110-meter high hurdles, then won his heats in the 100 and 200 meters on Friday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium. He will have a busy Saturday in the finals with those three races.
Marengo’s Aaron Shepard joined Schirmer in the finals after clearing 6-3 in the high jump. Richmond-Burton triple jumpers Reed Marshall (44-5 3/4) and Kevin Powers (43-2 3/4) both qualified in that event for the finals. Marshall’s effort puts him in fourth place heading into the finals.
Woodstock North’s Joe Grover had an outstanding Richmond-Burton Sectional Meet, but hit an ankle on a hurdle in the 110 highs and did not qualify in either of the hurdles races.
Schirmer was seeded in the top four of his three races out of the R-B Sectional. Last year, he strained a hamstring in the 110 high hurdles and did not qualify for any finals races.
“Today is a reward for his work the entire year,” Indians coach Brad Wignes said. “We’re happy to get all the guys we got down here this year. It’s a testament to all the coaches we have. Finn’s a part of that, good kid, he deserves it.”
Schirmer did not have his best 110 high hurdles race, but liked that he came back to win his heats in the 100 and 200.
“I won the heat and I PR’d (personal record) in the 100, that’s what I needed to do,” Schirmer said. “I was just shooting to finish first (in the 200) after that because I was really tired.”
Shepard made his personal-best 6-7 at the sectional and made all his jumps Friday to make the high jump finals.
Marshall struggled with his steps in warm-ups for the triple jump, but made a personal-best jump on the first attempt.
“I had six or seven run-throughs and kept going over the board,” Marshall said. “I was a little behind the board on that first one. I was really excited to get that number (44-5 3/4). I’ve been chasing that all season.”
Class 2A local results
110 high hurdles: Finn Schirmer-* (Marengo) 14.48, Blaine Borhart (Marengo) 15.54, Joe Grover (Woodstock North) 15.93.
4x200 relay: Woodstock North (Brandon Walker, Colin Zinn, Elijah Pena, Keith Webb Jr.) 1:32.43.
100 meters: Schirmer-* (Mgo) 10.69.
300 int. hurdles: Borhart (Mgo) 40.78, Grover (WN) 41.08.
200 meters: Schirmer-* (Mgo) 22.09.
4x400 relay: Woodstock North (Austin Zieman, Pena, Luke Duenas, Aiden Filetti) 3:31.29, Marengo (Borhart, Jadon Kozin, Alex Leonard, Schirmer) 3:31.51.
Shot put: Anthony Dixon (Mgo) 44-8.75.
High jump: Aaron Shepard-* (Mgo) 6-3.
Long jump: Zach Taylor (Marian Central) 19-10.5.
Triple jump: Reed Marshall-* (Richmond-Burton) 44-5.75, Kevin Powers-* (R-B) 43-2.75, Pena (WN) 42-10.25.
*-Qualified for finals.