By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter
It has been a storied track career for Rockton Hononegah Indians senior star Courtney Clayton. So, it was only fitting that she finished that story on a high note.
Clayton was able to finish her career with a state championship, highlighting a banner day for area track and field athletes at the IHSA Girls’ Track and Field State Championships.
Clayton took first place in the 800-meter run in class 3A with a time of 2:07.05, which was also the best time in any class. She was followed by Belvidere North senior Kim Seger, who finished 10th.
Clayton was close to another medal as well, finishing fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.08.
Another great career also came to an end as Rockford East senior Logan Tillmon put together a couple of great races of her own, coming up just short in her mission for a state title.
Tillmon finished ninth in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14:89. She also finished sixth in the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 44.26.
Edging out Tillmon in the 300 was Machesney Park Harlem’s Aaliyah White, who finished fifth at 44.18. She was also a part of Harlem’s 4×400 relay team that finished seventh overall.
In 2A, it was Rockford Boylan’s Lindsay Herra carrying the banner for the Rockford area. She took first place in the discuss throw with a toss of 138-02.
In the smallest class, 1A, Oregon had a great day coming in with two third-place finishes. In the shot put, junior Shannon Cullen took third with a throw of 38-10.50, while junior Cydney Long took third in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.20.
The Byron 4×400 relay team featuring freshman Challen Jackson, freshman Ashley Whitmore, senior Brooke Holloway and senior Ashley Dinges finished third at 4:02.50.
Good day for Jeffersons in boys’ track
It was a great time to have Jefferson in your name if you were looking to qualify for the IHSA boys’ track and field championships.
It started in 3A, with Rockford Auburn’s Corey Jefferson, who was able to qualify in two events for this weekend’s championships, qualifying in the long jump and the triple jump.
Meanwhile, Rockford Jefferson will be sending two representatives down state. Louis Dotson will also be competing in the triple jump, while Jason Reynolds will be competing in the 800-meter run.
Belvidere North continued to dominate the distance events, where they will send three athletes. Tyler Yunk and Paxson Menard both qualified in the 3,200-meter run, while Garret Lee qualified in the 1,600. Todd Berkenpas will be joining his teammates down state in the high jump.
Despite not actually winning the sectional title, Harlem will be sending the most representatives from the area down state.
Kevin Witcik will be leading the way for the Huskies, continuing his great year with qualifying finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He will be joined by teammates Jared Kern in the shot put, Kyle Kling in the discuss and Andrew Selgren in the 300-meter hurldes.
Hononegah’s Michael Hill also qualified in the 400-meter from the area.
In Class 1A, Tarance Roby of Rockford Lutheran qualified in the 100-meter and 200-meter. He will be joined by teammate Austin Sikora in the 200.
And in Class 2A, Rockford Christian’s Coleman Nelson qualified in the shot put and discuss throw, while Winnebago qualified three relay teams down state.
From the May 22-28, 2013, issue