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Girls State Track and Field: Rich South’s Evans in finals in two events

Updated: May 24, 2014 3:35PM



CHARLESTON — Even though her knee isn’t 100 percent, Rich South’s Dasia Evans advanced in both the high jump and 400-meter race Friday at the Class 2A girls state track and field preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.

“I could feel the knee injury today, especially in the high jump,” Evans said. “I can jump 5-7, and hope to do that (Saturday). In the 400 meter, I just wanted to stay with lane five. I did that for the most part.”

Evans finished in 57.84 seconds in the 400 for the fifth fastest time in the preliminaries. In the high jump, every competitor that advanced had a leap of 5 feet.

In addition to Evans, 10 area individuals and one relay team punched their tickets for Saturday’s finals.

Bremen’s Christyle Smith and Morgan Park’s Kelsey Ferguson also advanced in the 400. Ferguson had the fourth fastest time, clocking 56.60. Smith finished in 57.84, the sixth fastest time.

“I made it today because of last year,” said Ferguson, who missed qualifying for the finals last season by a tenth of a second. “Everyone wants to win a state championship, and I do as well. I want to run under 55 seconds. That is my goal.”

“This is the fastest time of my career,” Smith said. “I started off very conservative and I won’t do that in the finals. Lane six was my perfect position. I could hear some of them behind me and I could see some in front of me. Both things made me run faster. I want to improve by two spots and get at least fourth.”

De La Salle’s Jaimie Robinson had the second-best triple jump in the preliminaries, leaping 37 feet, 61/2 inches. She trails Peoria Notre Dame’s Vicky Gruszka (37-81/2).

Thornridge’s Tatayanna Groom had the fifth fastest time in the 300 hurdles (46.37).



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