MATTOON, Ill. — Tyra Buss has stretched her magnificent high school athletic career to the maximum. She won a IHSA Class 2A sectional championship in three events here Thursday and will advance to the state meet next week at Eastern Illinois University, her final appearance as a Mt. Carmel High School athlete.
Buss won titles in the 100-meter high hurdles, the 800 and the 300-low hurdles. She placed third in the triple jump, and though she missed qualifying there still managed to set a new school record with a leap of 33-feet 4 1/2-inches.
Mt. Carmel, the smallest of the 16 schools to score points in the Class 2A meet, finished in a fifth-place tie as a team with 42 points. Mahomet-Seymour won the team championship with 94 points. Mattoon was second at 67.5, followed by Monticello (60) and Champaign Central (47). After the Lady Aces, who tied Bloomington Central Catholic for fifth, came Clinton in seventh with 37 points, followed by Champaign Centennial (36), Decatur Macarthur (34) and Effingham (23).
Olney finished 13th in the field with 15 points.
Buss was the only Lady Aces athlete to qualify for the state meet, which begins next Friday at O’Brien Stadium at EIU.
In the high hurdles, she won with a time of 15.70 seconds, edging Marie Hocking of Mahomet-Seymour by .02 seconds. In the lows, her time of 45.85 was good enough for a more comfortable win, with Mattoon’s Taylor Smith next at 46.78.
In the 800, Buss recorded a time of 2:20.09, bettering Monticello’s Hannah Houska by 1.44 seconds.
Her triple jump school record was impressive because it was only the second time she has competed in the event. However, she fell shy of the 34-8 1/2 needed to match second-place Porter Mercedes of Rantoul who claimed the last qualifying spot.
Callie Dunkel made the finals in the high hurdles, but pulled a hamstring and was unable to finish competing.
Sophomore Dylan Marshall took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 36-1.
Madeline Jones knocked 30 seconds off her time in the 3200, according to Lady Aces coach Kelly Buss, and finished eighth in the event.
The 4x800 relay team of Jones, Natalie Laws, Elise Thomason and Makayla Tomblinson ran a 10:31.53, but did not advance.
Buss was the top individual winner at the meet. Molly McGraw of Bloomington Central Catholic was the only other multiple event winner, taking the high jump and long jump.
At the Class 1A sectional at Lawrenceville, Newton won the team crown with 109 points, easily outdistabcing runnerup Teutopolis (79).
Jamesha Western of Red Hill won two events, the shot put and discus. Her winning effort in the shot was 35-7. Flora had two event winners: Jennie Block in the long jump and Jessica Staley in the 400.