Harlem Girls Track team sends 22 athletes to State

Machesney Park, Ill. (WIFR) With the high school track and field season coming to an end, area athletes are preparing for the ultimate competition down at state. In the 3A finals, Harlem High School is ready stand out among the rest of the pack.

Sending a school-record 22 girls to state, the Huskies will compete across the board in track and field events, from the triple jump, shot put and discus, to the 4x1 and 4x2 relays -- where the same group of 4 girls that are breaking Harlem records hope to place this coming weekend.

"We want to go down there and medal, and come home with some hardware," said Jordynn Warren, a senior at Harlem. "We're running PR's all the time, breaking school records, just keep doing that. We know exactly how we can do it, we know that we can be up there and medal."

Head Coach Scott Sholl says he's confident they can produce a good showing in the finals if all goes well with the times they've been tracking so far.

"There's a sense of calm actually at this point, not so much stress. Conference, stressful... Sectionals, stressful... but State is a sense of accomplishment ," Sholl said. "There's something special in the air down there at the State meet and running that blue track, this is almost the reward... after all of the team work, they get a chance to go out there and show what they can do at the State level."

The Huskies say they know they have what it takes to be successful, but say they couldn't have gotten there without their coach.

"Being confident and knowing that we do have the potential to make it to finals and we can place and we can do really well, it's really good to know that your coach is behind you," said Klaire Boisvert, a Harlem junior.