ST. LOUIS — The Lady Rams track and field team is preparing for the postseason.
Mt. Vernon will travel to the 2A Herrin sectional on Thursday, trying to advance as many individuals to the state final as possible. The top two finishers along with athletes who meet the predetermined state qualifying time, height or distance advance.
“What you want for all the kids involved is that you can get as many out by qualifying by their throws, their distance or by the time that they had to run,” Mt. Vernon coach Connie Harre-Blair said. “So you hope that your conditions will be favorable for them on that day.”
Mt. Vernon's Charde Golliday, who has led the Lady Rams as a sophomore throughout the season, will compete in four different events. Golliday will race in the 200 and 400 meters. She will also compete in the long and triple jump.
Golliday owns the Mt. Vernon school record in the long jump earlier this season with a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches. The jump broke a mark set by Riley Bruce in 2011.
Mt. Vernon also features a pair of four-year seniors competing in their final sectional event. Katelyn Jones will throw in the shot put and discus. Zoe Mattingly will run in the mile and 3,200 relays along with 800 meters.
Mt. Vernon faces 16 other schools in the sectional. Many are familiar foes including Cahokia and Centralia, who finished in front of the Lady Rams at the recent South Seven Conference meet. Cahokia took the conference crown by a comfortable margin. The race between Centralia and Mt. Vernon was closer with six points separating the two schools. Harre-Blair said Centralia's strength is in the sprints and throwing events. She added that the entire sectional has quality teams and challenging competition. The coach added both the shot put and 800 meters are loaded with talented competitors.