Girls State Track and Field: Stellar day for Morgan Park’s Fairley
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media May 18, 2013 10:18PM
Mogan Park's Elexis Fairley (right) and Trinity's Anna Sloan (left) compete in the 2A 100-meter dash finals.
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:16PM
CHARLESTON — Morgan Park’s Elexis Fairley left the state track finals Saturday with a second-place finish in the Class 2A 100-meter dash, sixth place in the 200 and a major sense of accomplishment.
Seven runners entered the meet at Eastern Illinois with faster sectional times in the 100. Fairley outdid everyone in the final except Springfield’s Charday Crawford, who won in a 2A record of 11.72 seconds to Fairley’s 12.00.
“It was pretty awesome,’’ Fairley said. “I actually ran my race the way I was supposed to.
“Usually when I run I get anxious and don’t run my race properly, the way my coach teaches us to. I actually went through with the plan and got second.’’
Fairley was sixth in the 200 (25.21), which was won by Lindblom’s Shamier Little in a 2A record of 24.05. Four of the top six finalists in the 200 were from the Public League.
“It’s a pretty good day,’’ Fairley said. “Of course, there’s room for a lot of improvement. But it’s a lot better than last year.’’
Her day wasn’t without disappointment. Fairley ran the anchor leg on Morgan Park’s 800-meter relay that finished last in the finals after a dropped baton between the second and third runners.
Rich Central’s Aliyah Harmon, state runner-up in the Class 3A triple jump last year at 19 feet, 2½ inches, finished fourth at 18-4.
“I’m kind of disappointed because I know my potential,’’ said Harmon, fourth in the state long jump as a freshman and sophomore. “I’m satisfied with my high school career. I did pretty good, placing all four years.’’
Homewood-Flossmoor tied West Aurora for fourth place in the Class 3A meet with 30 points.
H-F was led by senior Chardae Greenlee, who took second in the triple jump for the second straight year. Greenlee jumped 38 feet, 11½ inches after going 38-10 at T.F. North in 2012.
H-F’s Shayna Nwokenkwo finished third in the 100 dash (12.04) and ran on the third-place 400 relay with Mariah Terry, Christin Salley and Antoinette Broughton (47.76).
Broughton also contributed a seventh-place finish in the 200 (25.16) and ran on the fifth-place 800 relay with Terry, Salley and Greenlee (1 minute, 42.13 seconds).
Marian Catholic senior Imani Haynes, a state qualifier each year in high school, finished ninth in the Class 3A 300 hurdles (44.62). Haynes had placed eighth in the 100 hurdles as a sophomore.
“I was like, ‘I have to get another medal before I graduate,’’’ she said. “I graduate Monday and I got my medal.’’