Seneca's Aspen Stuedemann knows even though she has the third best 100-meter huddles time in the state, things could be so much better.
Stuedmann finished her preliminary race in 15.59 seconds to earn a spot in the Class 1A state finals, which will be contested Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.
“That was one of my worst races of the year,” said Stuedemann, who did not advance to state in 2012 because of an injury. “My goal is 14.8 seconds. I just want to fix some of the things that went wrong (Thursday). I was dragging my trail leg.”
The top time in the state was posted by Aurora Christian’s Peyton Wade, who finished in 15.12. Second was Sidell Jamaica freshman Jenny Kimbroin 15.20.
Three other Seneca athletes advanced to Saturday’s state finals, although two of the Seneca athletes did not get much of an opportunity to compete. The pole vault and the high jump both were capped. Every qualifier jumped 9 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault, while every qualifier cleared 5-2 in the high jump. Madison Warning, of Seneca, will have an opportunity to compete for the pole vault title, while Seneca’s
Rylee Anderson will be competing in the high jump. Reed-Custer’s Morgan Zacharias and Dwight’s Kacy Murphy each advanced in the pole vault.
Seneca’s Lexi Wilkinson is ranked seventh in the triple jump. She turned in a jump of 34-61/2 on Thursday.