CHARLESTON – It's not really a surprise that Kaylee Vos did quite a bit of running at the Class 1A girls state track meet.
Here's the catch, though – both of the West Carroll senior's preliminary events Thursday at O'Brien Stadium were jumps.
Vos was preparing for the high jump when she heard her flight of the triple jump called over the loudspeaker. Instead of having ample time after her high jumping to rest up for the triple, she was forced to compete in both events simultaneously.
Fortunately, her triple jump runway was only about 50 yards away from the high jump pit, so it wasn't too long of a trek. But even with the proximity, IHSA policy deemed that she still had to wait for an official to take her between events.
"It was confusing at first, because you have to be escorted between the two events, and I didn't know who was supposed to do that for me," Vos said, smiling and shaking her head.
That proved to be the worst part about it, though. Vos went through her three triple jumps, then headed back to the high jump. While she didn't qualify for finals in the triple – her leap of 32 feet 11 1/2 inches was four spots short of the top 12 – she did clear 5-2 in the high jump to advance to Saturday.
"I didn't do as well as I thought I could in the triple jump, but I'm just so happy to move on in the high jump," she said. "I was down here as a sophomore and didn't make finals, so it's nice to go out with a bang my senior year.
"It was kind of hectic, but getting my three jumps in the triple jump done actually helped me a little bit in the high jump. I just didn't want to be going back and forth the whole time, and it worked out for me."
Helping hands: Erie-Prophetstown junior Marisela Herrera came into her first state track meet not expecting too much. An alternate for the Panthers' strong relays, she planned on rooting on her teammates from the stands.
Instead, she got up close and personal with Charleston's blue track and grey artificial turf.
When assistant coach Liz Green asked for volunteers to help change the distances on the long jump and triple jump standard, Herrera jumped – figuratively – at the chance. She then went on to recruit a few more teammates to help out later on.
"She asked me to find one of us to do it, and I said I would," Herrera said. "To have the chance to be down here on the track, even getting my picture taken and everything … who wouldn't want to be down here doing this?"
Close shaves: In a sport where fractions of seconds matter, Moweaqua Central A&M's Taylor Adcock made her fractions of seconds count.
The senior won heats in the 100 hurdles, 100 dash and 300 hurdles – but all by the combined margin of fewer than 2-tenths of a second.
She started out by nipping Oregon senior Cydney Long at the finish line in the 100 hurdles; both girls were timed at 15.77 seconds, with Adcock getting the nod for the the win; Long qualified for finals on time.
She went on to win her 100 heat by 1-hundredth of a second, then won her 300 hurdles race by .18 seconds.
Head to head: Four preliminary heats weren't enough to decide the finals of the 100 dash. With Momence senior Ariel Gibbs and Seneca freshman Willow Stuedemann tied for the ninth and final spot in the finals after the prelims – both were clocked, in different heats, at 12.961 seconds – there was a rare run-off for that last spot.
Turns out running the 400 a few races before hampered Stuedemann's chances. She finished four spots out of the finals in the 400, then lost the run-off, as the more-rested Gibbs pulled away easily.