Illinois Elementary School Association
Track & Field State Finals

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL

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  You couldn't have asked for better weather for outdoor sports than the weekend of May 18, as Illinois Elementary School Association hosted the 28th annual IESA Class AA Track & Field State Finals in East Peoria at the EastSide Centre. This is their 13th consecutive time hosting the event.

There were approximately 2,740 athletes participating in the two-day (May 18-19). IESA has had the same classes of track and field since 1985.

There were a grand total of 56 events in each of the four classes (7th grade girls; 7th grade boys; 8th grade girls; 8th grade boys).  Field event competition began Friday morning. In the field events, the preliminaries and finals are conducted on the same day that the respective event is held. Some field events are held on Friday and some are held on Saturday. 

The running events get under way Friday afternoon with the preliminaries and semifinals of the hurdle event. The finals for the hurdle event are held on Saturday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. Only the hurdle event and the 100-meter dash are held with preliminaries and semifinals. In all other running events, timed finals is the format. The best times from all the heats or sections in a respective running event determine final places in that event.


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Competition on Saturday begins at 9:00a.m. with the finals of the hurdles and the 100-meter dash. Running events will run continuously throughout the day. Field events will also get started at 9:00a.m. on Saturday and will also continue throughout the day, concluding towards sundown. 

The Parade of Athletes took place Friday morning and again Saturday morning. The parade is a chance for the competitors to walk the track with their team amidst applause, music, and cheers from coaches, parents, family, and fans. At the conclusion of the Parade of Champions, the Athlete Oath was read by athletes who will be competing in this year's meet.


  All of the official results, can be found by clicking the icon below, or by visiting IESA Web Site.

NOTE: All athletes winning medallions was recognized on the infield after the conclusion of their event.

Many teams left it all on the track course...

The Illinois Elementary School Associations state series in boys track and field began in 1932 and the girls state series began in 1972. This will be the 81st year for the boys and the 41st year for girls. A total of 245 member schools entered the 2012 Class AA state series and 227 of the schools entering athletes in the qualifying sectionals advanced at least one qualifier to the State Final Meet.


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