MT. VERNON — Charde Golliday punctuated a successful sophomore track and field season with a pair of 2A state final medals on Saturday.
The Mt. Vernon athlete ended her year with a sixth place finish in the triple jump and ninth place in the 400 meters.
“I told her it was a good step. It was an important step in regard to what she could accomplish,” Mt. Vernon coach Connie Harre-Blair said.
The placings gave Mt. Vernon five team points and a tie for 49th place overall. Cahokia claimed the team title with 61 points.
Golliday's best jump in the triple was a leap of 36 feet. Vicky Gruszka of Peoria Notre Dame, a sophomore, won the event with a jump of 38 feet, 6.5 inches. Golliday's success in the event came after competing in it for the first time midway through the season.
Golliday ended the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.22. Cahokia's Mariya Hudson, a freshman, won the event in a time of 55.65 seconds.
“She was disappointed in her 400 effort, but I said, 'Hey you have to take the day, and you've gotten two medals,'” Harre-Blair said. “And everything worked out in regard to having the injury going into the sectional.
“You just have to take (Saturday) and be really happy with where you've been and feel good about what you've done. Because she really has done well.”
Mt. Vernon's 3,200 meter relay team of Zoe Mattingly, Olivia Zedalis, Camilla Bauer and Kate Bushue also advanced to state but was eliminated after the opening day of competition. The group ran their event in a time of 10:25.52.
“They are the type of kids that will use the experience and be ready for next year,” Harre-Blair said.
Mattingly is the lone senior in the group. She competed in track and field along with the Lady Rams cross county team under Harre-Blair.
“That will be difficult to replace Zoe,” Harre-Blair said.