Auburn sophomore makes school history at bowling state meet

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Auburn bowler Caitlyn Bannister probably had no idea what kind of rarified air she was in on Saturday, but it turned out to be a banner weekend for the Lady Knights bowling program.

The sophomore finished third at the state meet, averaging 211 pins over six games. It's the highest finish ever for an Auburn girls bowler.

"Really, it's like, unbelievable, unimaginable," said Bannister. "I couldn't have done it without the help of my coaches and my friends and everyone behind me, supporting me. It's really emotional."

It's the first top-20 finish for a Lady Knight since Marissa Talley took 18th in 2011 and the first top-five finish since Megan Hunsberger took fourth in 1997 and 1999. Hunsberger is the only Auburn bowler to medal three times, she added a fifth place in 1998.

Bannister still has two more years to make more history and chase after an individual state title.

"Concentration, determination. If you let one miss bother you, it's just going to effect your whole day," said Bannister.

"Honestly, I'm going to be able to dedicate it to my parents (Re: receiving her medalist honors). They are the biggest supporters in my life. I couldn't ask for any better friends."