MACON — In a span of about five minutes, Chloe Moyer had back-to-back photo finishes.
First, Moyer, a Meridian sophomore, narrowly beat St. Teresa's DaeLin Switzer in the 100-meter hurdles. A few minutes later, she just broke the plain of the finish line in the 100-meter dash, beating Clinton's Tori Burke on Thursday at the Central Illinois Conference girls track and field meet at Meridian High School.
On the way back down the track to line up for the 100-meter dash, Moyer couldn't help but to throw her arms up and let out a resounding "Yeah" to celebrate.
She set a meet record in the hurdles with a time of 14.83 seconds, beating Switzer's previous record. Switzer finished with a time of 14.85 on Thursday and later won the 300-meter hurdles.
Coming into the season, Moyer would have been thrilled with a time in the 15s, but 14.83 was beyond her expectations. In her first few meets this season, she was in the 16-second range.
“I’m amazed I made it this far already," said Moyer, who advanced to state in the 300-meter hurdles as a freshman last season.
She's setting personal records meet by meet, and Meridian girls track and field coach Denna Williams can't help but to notice that Moyer doesn't get rattled or tired during meets.
“She doesn’t seem to get nervous," Williams said. "She’s just laid back. She’s a kid who’s at a big meet like at state, she just gets faster every race."
In fact, Moyer doesn't get rattled at all. She's laid back. Minutes after she won the 100-meter dash, she was calm, cool and collected. She was, however, able to put winning at home on a cold, damp night into some perspective.
“It means something because all the people came here to support us," Moyer said. "Other than that, it’s just another race.
“I get all my stress out on the track, so it’s just easy for me to be chill here."
But Moyer is looking ahead. She wants to be back in Charleston in two weeks at the Class 1A state meet. She's been there before, she knows what to expect from the experience and has plenty of confidence in tow.
"I’ve been so excited to go to state because I know I’m going to crush it and place this year," Moyer said.
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DeJaynes sweeps again
Noelle DeJaynes wasn't quite sure how things were going to play out. Thursday's conditions weren't ideal for anyone. The meet was delayed by an hour after perpetual rainstorms in the area. The soggy conditions weren't perfect, but DeJaynes made it work.
For the second consecutive year, the St. Teresa senior who is signed to continue her throwing career at DePaul, swept the shot put and discus events at the CIC meet. She threw 37 feet, 10 inches in the shot put and 123-09 in the discus.
“It feels great, especially after coming into this and the conditions were not ideal at all," DeJaynes said. "It’s just about overcoming that so it feels really got to have secured first place in both, especially after not prime conditions."
The real work starts in a week at the Class 1A sectional and in two weeks at her final state meet. But if she can throw in cold, rainy conditions, she doesn't figure Charleston can throw much at her that she hasn't seen.
And, she's stress free with the college decision under her belt. No more worrying about coaches from her top schools watching her every move.
“This year, having signed already, it’s like, ‘Oh, so that stress is gone and I can compete like I know how to: No stress,'" DeJaynes said.
“I’ve looked at the whole season like building up to state and really trying to get the practice in for state. Meets like this are especially good because it’s a big meet so there’s a little bit of pressure you’re not used to having. It’s like, ‘Hey, if there’s a little bit of rain at state, now I’m prepared for that.’ I savor all of it."
Mitchell coasts to meet record
Shelbyville's Ailey Mitchell left plenty in the tank. She wasn't close to setting a personal record in the 3,200-meter run, but crushed a meet record.
She led wire-to-wire with a sizable lead the whole way on the way to a 11 minute, 30.13 second finish in the race. It beat the previous record set in 2017 by St. Teresa's Veronica Hein if 11:54.19.
Just before Mitchell ran the mile, she shrugged off her accomplishment. It was a goal, but not the ultimate goal.
“It feels pretty good,' a quiet Mitchell said.