The Litchfield girls track team finished in the runner-up spot at this year's South Central Conference Meet, picking up a meet-best six championships in Hillsboro on May 6.
One of the wins, Carson Lemon in the pole vault, came thanks in part to some hospitality from the host school, according to Litchfield Coach Shane Cress.
"Carson actually had a different bigger pole that she was trying to get on, but it was a little stiff and wasn't working for her. Hillsboro had a softer pole at the same length that they loaned us just that day, and that was the perfect fit for her," Cress said. "That's one of the great things about pole vault: the coaches and athletes look out for one another and help each other out all the time."
The new pole also resulted in a new school record for Lemon, who cleared 9'3" to best Saydi Taylor's record of 8'9", set at the sectional in 2015.
Lemon wasn't done for the day though. She would also finish second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.86 and was part of the 4x100 meter squad with Lauren Thompson, Carly Guinn and Rylie Jagosh, which finished fifth with a time of 54.71.
While injury trouble may have kept some Panthers off the track on Monday, those who were healthy enough to compete showed up in a big way.
Kylee Eiting would sweep the 1600 and 3200, posting times of 5:59.50 and 13:23.86 to win by five seconds in the 1600 and by almost two minutes in the 3200.
Natalia Deren would also claim a conference title in the 800, running a 2:49.84, while Sarah Yakana was third in the 100 with a time of 13.85.
Yakana also earned a conference title, leaping 14'10.5" in the long jump to take first place. Carly Guinn would take second in the high jump, clearing 5'2" in a warm-up for Thursday's sectional meet.
For Cress, the six titles were unexpected, but welcomed, particularly the final one of the night.
"I was really proud of the 4x400 at the end of the meet. I had three subs in, none of whom have any particular love for that event, and they still ran hard and brought home the win, which was awesome," Cress said of the foursome of Hailey Bolte, Rylie Jagosh, Carly Guinn and Caroline Quarton, who ran a 4:39.50 to take the top spot.
The Panthers will look to continue the success on Thursday, when they compete in the Class 1A sectional in Carlinville.
May 6 at Hillsboro
South Central Conference Meet
Girls Team Results: 1. Pana 133.5; 2. Litchfield 86; 3. Roxana 77; 4. Southwestern 76; 5. Greenville 73; 6. Gillespie 68; 7. Carlinville 56; 8. Hillsboro 55; 9. Staunton 38; 10. Vandalia 20.5
Litchfield Girls Results
100: 3. Sarah Yakana 13.85; 13. Lauren Thompson 15.38
800: 1. Natalia Deren 2:49.84
1600: 1. Kylee Eiting 5:59.50
3200: 1. Kylee Eiting 13:23.86
100HH: 2. Carson Lemon 17.86
4x100: 5. Carson Lemon/Lauren Thompson/Carly Guinn/Rylie Jagosh 54.71
4x400: 1. Hailey Bolte/Rylie Jagosh/Carly Guinn/Caroline Quarton 4:39.50
Pole Vault: 1. Carson Lemon 9'3"
Shot Put: 11. Emilie Vann 26'3.25"; 13. Alivia Wyatt 25'1"
Discus: 10. Alivia Wyatt 79'1"; 14. Emilie Vann 64'7"
High Jump: 2. Carly Guinn 5'2"
Long Jump: 1. Sarah Yakana 14'10.5"