Murray Sets Record At State Track and Field Meet
CHARLESTON -- Harrisburg pole vaulter Lindsey Murray entered Saturday's state competition focused. She delivered vault after vault, until she surpassed her competition by clearing a height of 13 feet. But Murray wasn't finished. She then cleared 13 feet four inches, setting a new state record, while claiming the state title.
"It feels amazing and I can't even explain the feelings right now," said Murray. "I am just so filled with joy right now and I can't even explain it."
"It is unbelievable," said Harrisburg vault coach Ron Brachear. "She has worked her tail off for four years at it. I promised her as a freshman that if she kept working at it that this day would come and to see it end this way is fantastic. I am just proud of her. She did a great job and you couldn't ask for more. She is just an outstanding kid and nobody deserves it more than she does."
Murray hopes to carry this momentum over to the collegiate level when she competes for the SIU Salukis.
"There couldn't have been any better way to end this," said Murray. "That is exactly how I wanted it to but I mean you could always go higher, but this state record is pretty nice to have."
Carterville's Maddi Meyer qualified to compete in four competitions at state. She finished in fourth place in the long jump, fifth place in the 200, fourth place in the 100, and third in the 400 meter dash.
"I mean competing in four events as a sophomore is amazing enough," said Meyer. "Just to make it to the finals and get whatever place I get, I know is best for me."
Illinois Miss Basketball and Mount Carmel senior, Tyra Buss competed in three events at state. She finished in eighth place in the 800, fifth in the 110 meter hurdles, and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, where she set a school record with a time of 43.99 seconds.
"To finish fourth and get a school record and get into the 43's which I have never done before just feels amazing," said Buss. "It is my favorite race. I ended it great and I am just so excited."
Also, claiming a top three finish was Carterville's Aurora Breeden. She competed in the 800 meter race and claimed third place with a time of 2:18.39 seconds
As for other area medalists: Chester's Sarah Bindel finished in 4th place in the 110 and 300 meter hurdle races. Herrin's Bralon Mack claimed seventh in the shot put. Benton's Christy Hayden finished in third in the discus. Massac County's Leilani Hill took 3rd in the 800 meter run. Marion's Madeline Bruce finished in sixth place in the 800. Pinckneyville's Sophie Keith took fifth place in the 400. Mt. Vernon's Charde Golliday claimed sixth in the triple jump. As for team results, Carterville finished in 5th place with 31 points.
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