The 2012 Effingham girls track season was one of historic proportions. The Hearts won the Apollo Conference title, six girls qualified for the state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and senior Kelsey Cramsey picked up some hardware in the process. Cramsey placed first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:12.54, almost a second better than her closest competitor.
Effingham also picked up a fifth-place finish in the pole vault with Chelsea Bingham’s 11-foot vault, and finished 11th in the final team scoring with 21 points (Springfield Southeast won with 63). The Hearts 4x800 relay team qualified for the state meet as well.
“We had a pretty great season,” coach Dannette Williamson said. “We had a state champion, took two vaulters to state, took relays to state, so we had a really great year.”
Both Bingham and Cramsey have moved on to the University of Louisville, but the Hearts still have three competitors that participated in last spring’s state meet on their roster.
“All three of them went as part of relays,” Williamson said. “They are looking really strong in our middle distance, like they were last year.”
Jaclyn Steppe returns after racing in the 4x400 one season ago, but Williamson says the junior has her eyes on another prize.
“She’s looking to go back in something individual,” Williamson said. “She wants to go in the 300 hurdles. I know that’s one of her goals, she’s been working very hard at that.”
Juniors Jenna Bingham and and Bethany Donaldson are the final two back from last season’s state meet, and both should contribute to a formidable 4x800 relay team with Steppe in the mix as well.
In sprints, Williamson believes her team will be stronger that years past, thanks to a pair of seniors and a capable group of underclassmen.