TOLONO — Two freshmen didn’t wait long to make their mark for Mahomet-Seymour girls’ track and field. Pole vaulter Cece Abramson and long-distance runner Elizabeth Sims both qualified for the Class 2A state meet at the May 9 sectional meet at Unity High School. Abramson placed third, vaulting 10 feet, 7 inches to qualify.

Sims’ time of 11 minutes, 35.65 seconds in the 3,200-meter race was good enough for fourth place in the sectional, but more importantly, her time was good enough to qualify.

But Sims and Abramson weren’t alone. Junior Mara Pletcher and senior Brisa McGrath will join them at state. Pletcher finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing 10-1. McGrath placed seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 11:40.68.

M-S placed eighth in the 15-team event with 28 points. Monticello took home first place with 96 points. Urbana placed second with 84 points.

Senior Lakeida Nichols suffered a tough-luck decision in the 100-meter race. Nichols finished with a time of 12.79 seconds and placed fourth. The top three runners advanced to the state meet, and Nichols was just .08 seconds away from qualifying.

The M-S relays all finished in the top 10, but none of them were good enough to qualify for state. Individually, Chloe Allen finished third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:29.99 and the freshman has a bright future. Hailee McCall-Ochs was ninth in the shot put with a throw of 32-1.5.

News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet

M-S also competed in the News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet on Monday at Urbana High School. Pletcher took home the victory in the pole vault, clearing 11-2. Sylvia Byron placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 32-7.5

In the 3,200-meter relay, Sims teamed up with McGrath, Allen and Klein Powell to place first with a time of 10:23.26. Freshman Amaya Francom ran a personal record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.34 to place fifth.

Looking ahead

Sims, McGrath, Abramson and Pletcher will compete in the Class 2A state meet, which will begin today at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.