KHS trackster Patterson vaults to 10th place finish at State finals
CHARLESTONâ€”Brooke Patterson wasnâ€™t a perfect 10 this weekend, but that number put her in a pretty nice place.
With a 10-foot vault in the pole vault event on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University, the first-year track participant finished 10th overall in the Class 2A State girls track finals in Charleston, Ill.
Patterson, who came on the scene from a gymnastics background for coach Doug Eckerâ€™s Lady Knights roster, finished with 10 feet, three inches in the prelims to launch herself into the finals.
Pontiacâ€™s Emily Grove was crowned champion with a 12-06 final effort. Normal University Highâ€™s Emily Clay was second with 12 feet. Belvidere Northâ€™s Baily Murphy took third with 11-09 and fellow Western Sun Conference competitor Sam Elliott took fourth at 11-09.
Springfield Southeast won the team standings with 57 points.
Patterson turned out to be the only Lady Knight in six events to make it to Saturdayâ€™s final.
Pattersonâ€™s teammate Sara Wallace, in her final KHS event, made it to nine feet in the prelims of pole vault.
Freshman Ashley Castellanos finished tenth in her long jump flight with a mark of 15-6.25.
Patterson also competed in the triple jump and finished tenth in her flight at 34-11.25.
The 4×800 meter relay foursome of Lisa Roberson, Jessica Stouffer, Kris Bowen and Andie Strang finished eighth in their prelims with a time of 10 minutes, 6.18 seconds.
Strang also finished just .08 off the final qualifying mark in the 800m run with a time of 2:23.36.
With the 2010 campaign now complete, the Lady Knights track program says goodbye to a couple of State qualifiers in Roberson and Wallace, and additional seniors Elicia DiBella, Tara Groen, Hillary Luse, Mel Mazuc, Megan Mendoza and Lexie Pniewski.
Photo: Junior Brooke Patterson vaults over the nine-foot mark in the preliminaries at the Class 2A State Girls Track Finals in Charleston, Ill. Patterson, who also competed in the triple jump, was the only Kaneland finalist in six events.
Photo by Ben Draper