IPTT Classic: A new era is ready to emerge in Class A girls meet

March, 23, 2012
This year’s edition of the Illinois Prep Top Times Class A girls meet should be a dandy. The fields are not excessively large in terms of numbers, but instead they are strong in quality. Included in the fray will be the moment of truth that every coach and athlete must face in seeking a resolution.

Here is preview of what’s to come this Friday evening at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington:


Class record
: Tominique Boatright (Aurora Central Catholic) 7.26, 2002
Key names to watch: Danielle Crawley (So., Sherrard), DeJanae Terry (Sr., South Holland Seton Academy), Paige Neuhauser (Sr., Sullivan),Cara Cortese (Byron), Amelia Glueck (So., Tremont).
Outlook: This should be a good one with Crawley and Terry dueling. Both young ladies are locked and loaded with seasonal bests of 7.30 and 7.31. Terry could have the confidence factor on her side as she is the defending champion. Neuhauser is listed as having the top seed mark of 7.08- a mark that is up for debate but the fact that she competed well during the 2011 outdoor season is not. Watch for her and Glueck to surprise the favorites if they slip up.

Class record
: Tominique Boatright 25.70, 2001
Key names to watch: Crawley, Terry, Rachel Ballard (Sr., St. Joe-Ogden), Alexis Ensiminger (Jr., West Central).
Outlook: Crawley should be at her best when it comes to the one lap affair; her seed time of 26.00 is more than three-tenths of a second faster than anyone else in the field. However, once again, it will be Terry standing the way as the defending champion and assuredly will fight to keep her crown.

Class record
: Gena Rawlings (Stanford-Olympia) 57.03, 2001
Key names to watch: Angel Gaesser (Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley), Mykel Adams (Jr., South Holland Seton Academy), Jessica Jump (Jr., Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran), Rayanne Wright (Jr., Iroquois West).
Outlook: Wright is the defending champion and she is back to defend despite not having the best seasonal mark. That distinction belongs to Gaesser, who is known for her middle-distance prowess, but she can long sprint too. It will all depend how much is left in the tank after running the 800.

Class record
: Chandra Golden (Normal University) 8.37, 2005
Key names to watch: Madison Renfro (Sr., Central A & M), Kaitlyn Corzine (Jr., Central A & M), Jordyn Nettleton (Sr., GCMC), Devin Hasson (So., Rockridge).
Outlook: Renfro is the class leader at 8.65 and will be the heavy favorite in this one. She also placed 2nd in the outdoor state championship in ’11 (100H). Her teammate Corzine could make it a 1-2 sweep with the second-fastest mark coming in.


Class record
: Stephanie Brown (Tri-Valley) 2:13.23; 2008
Key names to watch: Sydni Meunier (Sr., GCMS) and Angel Gaesser (Sr., GCMS), Maddison Zimmer (Jr., Delavan).
Outlook: It would be a huge upset if the winner came from anywhere besides Gibson City-Melvin Sibley High School. The senior wonder duo of Meunier and Gaesser got their indoor season off to a late start, but over the past two weeks they have put up some of the fastest marks in the state regardless of classification: 2:17.27 and 2:17.91, respectively.

Class record
: Katelyn Bastert (Carthage) 4:54.83; 2007
Key names to watch: Syndi Meunier, Chelsea Blaase (Sr., St. Joe Ogden), Ellen Devereux (Sr., Decatur St. Teresa), Ivy Handley (Jr., Decatur St. Teresa), Kaley Ummel (Sr., Lexington)
Outlook: One of the deeper fields of the meet, but Meunier will return from running the 800 and will be the favorite despite having Blaase (Sr., St. Joe Ogden) in the field. Meunier has run 4:59.73 so far this season. Devereux and Blaase have run under 5:10 before and should be ready to produce big seasons. Ummel should be well rested and fresh after passing on the 800.

Class record
: Katelyn Bastert 10:50.58; 2007
Key names to watch: Chelsea Blaase, Kristen Garwood (Sr., Springfield Lutheran), Regan Weidner (Fr., Bureau Valley).
Outlook: Blaase should dominate here. She won the cross country title in the fall and has put up a solid 11:09 two weeks ago.


Class record
: South Holland Seton Academy 1:48.70; 2007
Key teams: Seton Academy, Eureka, Illini West, Athens.
Outlook: Seton Academy is the heavy favorite to win and break the record based on their season best of 1:47.9. Unless they fall victim to stick problems, they should rule.

Class record
: Dwight 4:09.55; 2007
Key teams: GCMS, Seton Academy, St. Joe-Ogden
Outlook: Expect a fast effort from GCMS if Sydni Meunier and Angel Gaesser add this event to their slate. They burned a fast 4:11 at the Gene Armer Invite a week ago.

Class record
: Eureka 9:46.7h; 2006
Key teams: Decatur (St. Teresa), St. Joe-Ogden, Byron
Outlook: St. Teresa is the only team to get under 10:00, but that should change with the likes of St. Joe Ogden and Byron in the field.


Long jump
Class record
: Ryann Hendricks (Palos Hills Chicago Christian) 18-4.75; 2005
Key names to watch: Rachel Ballard, Amelia Glueck, Haley Calvert (Sr., Bushnell-Prairie City)
Outlook: Ballard and Glueck are the top two leapers returning from a year ago when they achieved the same 17-0 marks at IPTT. So far this season, Ballard has produced a class best of 18-1 and Glueck 17-9. They will undoubtedly battle all the way to the very last jump.

Triple jump
Class record
: Leah Orley (Benton) 38-0.75; 2008
Key names to watch: Haley Calvert, Ciara Marlow (Sr., Monmouth-Roseville), Kandie Bloch (Jr., Argenta-Oreana)
Outlook: Calvert is the one to watch in this event with a top class mark of 34-4.

Shot put
Class record
: Kelsey Card (Carlinville) 47-2; 2010
Key names to watch: Whitney Walker (Sr., Illini Bluffs), Megan Lauzon (Rushville-Industry), Janie Howse (Sr., Central A & M).
Outlook: The shot put ranks will take a totally different look after the four year domination by the great (now graduated) Kelsey Card. Walker will now have a chance to shine as she becomes the favorite. Lauzon has a season best of 40-3.5, good for IL#2 in the Class A ranks. She will be in the mix, too.

High jump
Class record
: Megan Reese (Eureka) 5-9; 2001
Key names to watch: Kandie Bloch, Karissa Roman (Fr., Kewanee-Weathersfield), Valerie Akers (Lawrenceville)
Outlook: Bloch jumped a swift 5-8 for tops in the several weeks ago to position herself as one of the best jumpers in the state. Roman is second with a 5-5 mark.

Pole Vault
Class record: Sarah Bell (Bloomington Central Catholic) 11-0.5; 2011
Key names to watch: Alyssa Applebee (Sr., Seneca), Ashley Thomas (Sr., Rushville-Industry), Zoe Gossmeyer (So., Tremont)



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