CHARLESTON – Marengo’s Bailey Bertrand was smiling throughout the second day of the 47th annual IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.
For good reason.
Bertrand, a junior, medaled in the Class 2A shot put and discus. She threw 135 feet, 5 inches in the discus to take third place and finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 37-103/4.
“I’m very happy, and this has been a beautiful day,” Bertrand said. “This entire weekend has been fantastic. I was stressed all week, but once I got here and had my first throw on Friday, I really calmed down. I’m really surprised with the shot because I was so inconsistent all season, and I didn’t know if I would make it to Saturday.
“This gives me so much motivation for next year because now I know I can do well here, and I belong in both events.”
Bertrand’s teammate, Jordan Parker, just missed a medal (top nine) after she placed 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 35-83/4, which she accomplished Friday.
Marian Central’s Regan Dineen also earned two Class 2A medals. She had a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a best leap of 18-13/4 and then joined teammates Molly Iden, Meaghan DiPietro and Dominique Thomas to finish sixth in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:45.71.
Dineen also placed 13th in the high jump.
“Last year really motivated me to do better this year,” Dineen said. “It was windy in the long jump, so I just moved my steps back a little, but the conditions were really good in the long jump because of the wind.”
“This entire weekend was pretty exciting,” Thomas said. “But that wind was brutal on my leg [of the race], and I was doing everything I could to get through it. This was a great experience for Molly and me because we are just sophomores, and this really motivates us to get back here next year. It’s also a great way to end the season for Regan and Meaghan because they are the seniors of the group.”
Marian junior Siobhan Stoll ran a 12:08.98 in the 3,200 to place 13th.
“The conditions were tough with the sun and the wind,” Stoll said. “We aren’t used to having it hot and windy on the same day. I was just so happy to be here with my teammates and enjoyed the entire experience and seeing all of us do well.”
In Class 3A, the area was led by the fourth-place performance of McHenry’s Jenna Pauly in the pole vault. The senior cleared 11-6.
“My goal coming into the meet was to place better than I did last year, and that was accomplished,” said Pauly, who tied for seventh as a junior. “I would’ve liked to have jumped higher, but I accomplished my goal. I had so much fun with all the other competitors, and the vaulting community is a special group. This was a great weekend, and it was a great ending to my high school career.”
Teammate Holly Vogt placed 12th in the long jump with a leap of 18-01/2.
Huntley junior Daryn Davis finished fifth in the triple jump, going 38-31/4.
“I’m a little disappointed with how the day went,” Davis said. “I placed second at the indoor Top Times meet, and I really wanted a top-three finish here. My other goal was to improve on my distance from Friday, but I didn’t get that today, but this really motivates me to work hard and do even better next year as a senior.”