Newton repeated as girls sectional champions in a loaded field, besting second-place Teutopolis by 30 points Thursday night in Lawrenceville.
The Eagles also won last year’s Class 1A sectional at home, but coach Jackie Schackmann said it was a surprise this year with how well her team performed.
“It never gets tiring, it’s always as exciting as the first time that you win the sectionals,” she said. “This time, I think a little bit more, I have a lot of girls that stepped up and got points we weren’t expecting.
“You always have Hannah Litzelman and McKendra Barthelme, but we had kids step up because they knew they had to.”
Teutopolis took second with 79 points, Neoga was fourth with 72, St. Anthony was fifth with 49, Cumberland finished seventh with 33 points, Altamont earned 10th with 18 points and Brownstown was 12th with 10.
Up at the Class 2A Mattoon Sectional, Effingham finished tied for 10th place with 23 points, tied with Apollo rival Charleston. Mahomet-Seymour won the meet with 94.
Effingham had just one qualifier, with Shayna Phillips taking third place in 2:22.41. The Hearts finished just of state qualifications in the 4x400, with Jantzen Michael in the discus and Jenna Bingham in the 1600-meter run, where she set a school record time of 5:27.32, just more than two seconds shy of a state mark.
At the Lawrenceville meet, the area had seven different relay teams qualify for state, and 23 individual qualifications.
In the 4x100, Neoga won the race in 51.49 and qualified for state, Newton won the 4x200 in 1:47.75 with Neoga qualifying in second in 1:48.26. In the 4x400, St. Anthony won in 4:11.80, while Cumberland earned an automatic qualification with their time of 4:12.69 in third.
Cumberland won the 4x800 relay in 10:06.78, and Teutopolis qualified in 10:17.43.
Three girls from the area qualified in both the long jump and the pole vault. Barthelme earned second in the long jump (17-00.75), while Neoga’s Courtney Croy and Olivia Ott earned automatic qualifications in third and fourth with jumps of 16-08.25 and 16-05.5, respectively.
St. Anthony’s Kristin Slaughter won the pole vault with a height of 10-06, while Teutopolis’ Rachel Westendorf met that for second and Hannah Bueker joined her at state, jumping 09-06.
Teutopolis’ Anna Hartke won the high jump at 05-00, while both triple jump qualifiers were from the area. Neoga’s Taylor Rich won with a jump of 34-02 and Teutopolis’ Michelle Schmidt jumped 32-11.
Brownstown’s Molly Hill and Newton’s Reise Wyatt both made discus with throws of 111-06 and 108-00, respectively. Wyatt also took second in the shot put, moving to state with a throw of 35-00. St. Anthony’s Anna Sophia Keller won the 1600-meter run (5:08.31) and the 3200-meter run (10:37.00).
Barthelme and Litzelman won the 100 hurdles and 100-meter dash, respectively for Newton, with times of 15.83 and 13.00 and moved to state. Barthelme also took second in the 300 hurdles to move to state with a time of 48.57. Newton’s Lexie Davidson won the 800-meter run in 2:30.15, narrowly edging fellow state qualifer, Neoga’s Madison Butler, in 2:30.49.
Teutopolis’ Megan Weichman and Cumberland’s Brittany Wallace each moved on in the 400-meter dash, with times of 1:01.66 and 1:02.02 for second and third, respectively. Litzelman won the 200-meter dash in 26.55, and will be joined at state by Altamont’s Leah Goldstein, taking third in 26.86.
CLASS 1A LAWRENCEVILLE SECTIONAL
1. Newton 109, 2. Teutopolis 79, 3. Marshall 73, 4. Neoga 72, 5. St. Anthony 49, 6. Flora 34, 7. Cumberland 33, 8. Red Hill 31, 9. Robinson 24, 10. Altamont 18, 11. Patoka 13, 12. Brownstown 10, 13. Lawrenceville 9, 14. Pal-Hut 4
Area State qualifers
4x800: Cumberland 1:06.78, Teutopolis 10:17.43
4x100: Neoga 51.49
4x200: Newton 1:47.75, Neoga 1:48.26
4x400: St. Anthony 4:11.80, Cumberland 4:12.69
Long jump: McKendra Barthelme (Newton) 17-00.75, Courtney Croy (Neoga) 16-08.25, Olivia Ott (Neoga) 16-05.5
Pole vault: Kristin Slaughter (St. Anthony) 10-06, Rachel Westendorf (Teutopolis) 10-06, Hannah Bueker (Teutopolis) 09-06
High jump: Anna Hartke (Teutopolis) 05-00
Shot put: Reise Wyatt (Newton) 35-00
Triple jump: Taylor Rich (Neoga) 34-02, Michelle Schmidt (Teutopolis) 32-11
Discus: Molly Hill (Brownstown) 111-06, Reise Wyatt (Newton) 108-00
3200-meter run: Anna Sophia Keller (St. Anthony) 10:37.00
100-meter hurdles: McKendra Barthelme (Newton) 15.83
100-meter dash: Hannah Litzelman (Newton) 13.00
800-meter run: Lexie Davidson (Newton) 2:30.15, Madison Butler (Neoga) 2:30.49
400-meter dash: Megan Weichman (Teutopolis) 1:01.66, Brittany Wallace (Cumberland) 1:02.02
300-meter hurdles: McKendra Barthelme (Newton) 48.57
1600-meter run: Anna Sophia Keller (St. Anthony) 5:08.31
200-meter dash: Hannah Litzelman (Newton) 26.55, Leah Goldstein (Altamont) 26.86
CLASS 2A MATTOON SECTIONAL
1. Mahomet-Seymour 94, 2. Mattoon 67, 3. Monticello 60, 4. Champaign Central 57, 5. Mt. Carmel 42, 5. Bloomington Central Catholic 42, 7. Clinton 37, 8. Champaign Centennial 36, 9. Decatur MacArthur 34, 10. Effingham 23, 10. Charleston 23, 12. Rantoul 17, 13. Olney 15, 14. Decatur Eisenhower 12.5, 15. Urbana 6, 16. Mt. Zion 2
Area State qualifiers
800-meter run: Shayna Phillips (Effingham) 2:22.41