By Scott Taylor
CHARLESTON — For much of the 3,200-meter run it appeared that Minooka’s Emily Shelton would be the top Minooka finisher as she sat in first or second for much of the race Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
However, a closing kick from teammate Ashley Tutt gave her second place with a time of 10 minutes, 39.12.
“I knew I wanted to get up there and I had to have a good kick,” Tutt said. “I was feeling good so I just went.”
Tutt was in the middle of the pack early in the race and was sidetracked when an opponent fell right in front of her. However, she was able to rebound and was around fifth place before the final lap.
“I’m just really happy,” Tutt said. “The race was crazy. I was getting boxed in with a girl falling. I was ready to fall and I had to adjust myself and slowed down to get around her, but then I got back into the race. I kept hearing the announcer say there were two girls up there from Minooka, so I knew I had to try to catch up to the leaders.”
Shelton clocked in at 10:39.36, one hundredth of a second ahead of fourth place.
“I just wanted to stay in the front,” Shelton said. “On the second to last lap the leader kind of pulled away from me. I was happy that I got third and I was happy that Tutt was right there with me, too.”
Shelton came up one spot short of medaling in the 1600, finishing in 10th place with a time of
Mackenzie Callahan also competed Saturday for Minooka, but she came up short of medaling, finishing 12th with a time of 2:26.59 in the 800.
The previous day she set a personal record with a time of 2:14.30 to make finals.
“I’m very happy,” Callahan said. “The last couple times I’ve gone out too hard so it was nice to not have to set the pace.”
•Joliet West’s Melzina Johnson competed in three events at state, advancing to the finals of the long jump, placing 11th with a distance of 17-feet, 5-inches, and competed in the 4×100 relay and the 100 dash.
“Everything went well,” Johnson said. “The long jump I did well and my second jump was my best jump. Our 4×1 did good. All our handoffs hit and we ran our hardest.”
•Lockport’s 4×200 relay squad of Jacqueline Mathius, Grace Gliwa, Tori Aguilar and Jaclyn Greci placed ninth in the state with a time of 1:44.37.
Drew Litynski also competed Saturday for the Porters, finishing 11th in the triple jump (37-6.5).