Girls Track: Meyers soars into IHSA State Championships

Junior Teagan Meyers (left) high-fives Lady Hub track and field coach Alison Vrana (right) after clinching her spot in the IHSA 2A State Championship meet next weekend. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Lady Hub high jumper takes second at Plano sectional meet

PLANO — With her family cheering from the distance and her coaches lending their support, Teagan Meyers approached her starting position at the high jump area looking to clinch her spot in the IHSA 2A State Championship meet at Eastern Illinois University next weekend.

The Rochelle Lady Hub track and field standout was one of four athletes remaining near the end of the IHSA 2A Plano Sectional high jump competition. With the bar set at 1.54 meters, Meyers confidently sprinted up to the bar, soaring over without any trouble as her coaches and family members exploded with applause. The clearance sealed a second-place finish in the high jump competition and a spot in the IHSA 2A State Championship meet next weekend.

“My main focus was not to mess up, but when I cleared the bar, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders,” Meyers said. “I’m really excited to qualify for state and I’m looking forward to going down next week. It means a lot to me because it’s been on my mind since my freshman year, especially since I lost my sophomore year because of the pandemic. The applause from my family really meant a lot to me and their support helped me get over that bar.”

Meyers will represent Rochelle in the IHSA 2A State Championship meet, which will begin on Friday, June 11 in Charleston. The Lady Hubs finished seventh with 25 points in the IHSA 2A Plano Sectional on Thursday. Senior Afi Gati took third in the shot put (10.37 meters), while freshman Alivia Henkel placed fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:02). The 1600-meter relay team (Henkel, Meyers, Liberty Hayes and Kylie Smith) finished third with a time of 4:22.34.

“I’m trying to take everything one day at a time,” Meyers said. “My coaches have always been there for me and my friends have supported me. The support has been really important to me.”