It was only fitting that the two most consistent top performers on the Litchfield girls track team finished their season at their sport's highest level on Thursday, May 16.
Litchfield sophomore Carson Lemon and freshman Carly Guinn got their first taste of the IHSA State Finals on Thursday as they competed in the Class 1A meet at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. In addition to it being her first trip to state, Lemon had the added challenge of competing in two events back-to-back.
Competing in the second flight of the pole vault competition, Lemon cleared 8'6" and 9'0" to start the competition, but just missed the next height at 9'6", which would have beaten her previous best by three inches.
After her final attempt at 9'6", Lemon was whisked off almost immediately to the starting line of her second event, the 100 meter hurdles. Running in the third heat, Lemon would finish with a time of 18.78, good enough for seventh in her heat, but not quite enough to advance to the finals.
While Lemon was warming up for the pole vault, Guinn was competing in one of the first events of the day, the high jump. The LHS freshman would make it over the opening height of 4'11", but just missed clearing the next height of 5'1". It would take 5'2" to make the finals as Guinn ended her run at state.
While the final results may not have been what the duo wanted, the experience will benefit both Lemon and Guinn in the years to come as they continue Litchfield track's legacy of churning out state medalist caliber athletes.