CHARLESTON — Effingham's Clark Williamson narrowly qualified for the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet at Eastern Illinois University, but in Friday's preliminaries, he showed precisely why he belonged among the top competitors in the pole vault.Williamson cleared the bar on each of his first three jumps, including a 13 foot, 9-inch performance on his last attempt of the day, to set a personal record and solidify his spot in today's state finals."I felt good this morning when I woke up," Williamson said. "I got a good meal in and got to come up here and perform my best."Whatever Williamson may have munched on to calm his nerves should become his new go-to breakfast.In his first jump of the day, Williamson breezed over the 13-foot bar. His next vault was at 13 feet, 6inches, three higher than his qualifying effort at sectionals.Williamson met the bigger stage with a bigger effort, successfully navigating the jump without much cause for concern."I performed well today," Williamson said. "I had good form. I was a little worried about my pole being stiff from the cold, but I left it in my bag, the bag kept it warm."Donning sweatpants and an Effingham hoodie in between jumps, Williamson kept his body warm and relaxed despite the sub-60 degree weather as he prepared for the final jump of the day. While his competitors often needed two or three stabs at a given height, Williamson brushed the bar at 13 feet, 9inches, but it came to rest without crashing down. In three quick jumps, Williamson was headed to today's finals.Teammate Thomas Lasher was also in action Friday, competing in the triple jump. After qualifying for the meet with a 45 foot, one-inch jump in sectional action, Lasher and the rest of the field struggled to get loose against the brisk temperatures."It actually affected me a lot," Lasher said. "My muscles were all cramped up, and before jumping I was like, 'Oh geeze.'"Lasher's best jump of the day was his first, where he landed at 41 feet, 5.75 inches."The first one, I was warm, I was ready to go," he said. "I had that mental factor where I was ready to get this done right."Lasher's second jump carried 40 feet, 8.75 inches and his third was a fault. His best effort was good enough for a 19th-place finish.Though he didn't qualify for today's finals, Lasher was just excited for a final chance to compete."I got to have one last meet with my coach (Terry Harbaugh) and my teammate (Williamson) here. I'm happy that I got to see him jump."
Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever
I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.
Indians' bats too much for Eagles
An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.
Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4
Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.
Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win
His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.
McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G
The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.
Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2
It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.
Newton walks off against Dieterich
For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.
Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8
Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.
Flaming Hearts handle Olney
Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.
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