PLANO — Weights coach Curtis Odell told Princeton junior Colbi Schertz to just make sure she got a good mark on her first throw in the shot put in Friday’s sectional meet at Plano.
She got a good throw and then some.
Schertz landed a state qualifier on her first throw with a throw exceeding 38 feet, needing 37-9 to qualify. She capped the night with a winning toss of 39-4.
Schertz will make her first appearance in the IHSA 2A State track and field meet Friday along with teammate Zoe Mead, who advances for the fourth time.
Mead placed second in both the 400 meters (1:00.10) and 800 meters (2:20.59). She placed seventh at state a year ago in the 800.
“Colbi nearly got her best in winning the shot. Zoe wasn’t quite at her best, but still ran some nice times in cool conditions,” said PHS coach Pat Hodge.
Princeton, which placed ninth (31) as a team, placed in three other events.
The 4x400 relay of Taylor Weatherington, Fran Bowman, Ann Sims and Mead placed fifth with a time of 4:29.37.
Sierra Storm also came in fifth in the pole vault at 8-3.
PHS junior Taylor Clark took sixth in the discus at 103-4.
Other area qualifiers include LaSalle-Peru’s Lesly Rocha, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 and Megan Krolak (second in the 320) and Mendota’s Elizabeth Willis (second in shot).
Aurora Rosary (108) won the team title with Geneseo (95) and LaSalle-Peru (56).