CHARLESTON — Princeton’s Zoe Mead and Colbi Schertz brought their A game to the IHSA 2A Girls State Track and Field prelims Friday.
Mead ran the second fastest time of the day in the 800 meters, winning the first heat with a blistering 2:15.28. In running her personal best by more than four seconds, she broke the school record by more than a second. Angie Noble held the PHS record at 2:16.6 since 1986, placing second in Class A.
PHS coach Pat Hodge said Mead looked like a four-year state veteran.
“She got herself up towards the front, was able to get into the lead on the backstretch of the second lap, and held everyone off on the homestretch. It was her fastest first 600 time by 4 seconds this year so at that point I knew she had a chance at the PHS record. It will be an exciting race tomorrow.”
Drained by her effort in the 800, Mead finished fifh in her heat, 15th overall in the 400 meters with a time of 59.95.
Schertz saved her best throw for last, in the shot put, qualifying for Saturday’s finals with a toss of 38-2. She stands seventh best heading into finals.
“I’m proud of her. She did really, really good,” said PHS weights coach Curtis Odell.