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By Caitlin R. King
For the first time in two years, the Illinois Elementary Sports Association (IESA) hosted its state track meet at Peoria’s Eastside Centre. The meet, which took place May 13 and 14, was the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold that IESA was able to host it.
St. Francis/Holy Ghost School had seven of its track and field athletes qualify to compete at the state level at the sectional meet in Greenfield on May 6, and all seven athletes returned home with a medal commemorating their skill.
After placing second in her preliminary heat, Neely Goetten went on to place first in the 7th grade girls 100m hurdles, with a time of 17.55 seconds. Goetten also placed seventh in 7th grade girls Long Jump competition, with a 13-10.75 jump.
Evan Cheek placed fourth in the 8th grade boys High Jump competition, with a 5-0 jump. After placing eighth in his preliminary heat, Cheek went on to place seventh in the 8th grade boys 100m dash, with a time of 12.67 seconds.
In the 8th grade girls 800m race, Taylor Woodring placed seventh, with a time of 2:43.79 minutes.
In the 8th grade girls High Jump competition, Meredith Gray placed seventh, with a jump of 4-05.
The Knights also found success in the 8th grade girls 4x100m relay. The relay team, consisting of: Mia Madix, Neely Goetten, Maleah Derrick and Grace Russell, placed fourth, finishing in 56.76 seconds.
The Knights are coached by Melessia Jones, Tina Russell and Megan Deist.