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By Mark Jurgena
It was a tough day on the track for the Collinsville girls team on May 11 in Bloomington.
CHS was able to garner a few top eight finishes on the day.
In the 100 meters Deairra Spears set a personal record with a time of 12.59 seconds to take sixth place. She just missed the qualifying standard. Katelyn Lehnen of Chatham (Glenwood) ran a time of 12.02 seconds to win the title. Lehnen’s time is #3 in Class 3A for state qualifiers.
Spears returned in the 200 with another personal best time of 26.14 seconds to again take sixth. DeAndranay Chism of Belleville East won with a time of 24.54 seconds.
“It’s always good to see an athlete hit their best times at the right time in the season,” said Collinsville coach Adam Blair. “After talking with her, she is more motivated more than ever for the upcoming season.”
The 4×100 meter relay team of Spears, Ragin Clemons, Talesha Gilmore and Ashley Janini took seventh place with a time of 50.43 seconds. O’Fallon won with a time of 47.42 seconds.
Finally, Ellie Rhinehart took ninth place in the discus with a toss of 29.95 meters or 98’
Kaitlyn Morningstar of Edwardsville took the title at 40.74 meters or 133-6.
The Kahoks had two seniors compete for the squad.
“Ragin Clemons and Paulina Gutierrez will be missed as leaders and as athletes,” said Blair. “I was lucky to have athletes like them. They will do great things in the future.