The Richwoods freshman qualified for Saturday’s Class 2A girls track and field state finals in all three of her individual events — the 100-meter hurdles in :15.68, 300 hurdles in :45.98 and 200-meter dash in :25.91.
The only event she didn’t advance in at O’Brien Field was the 4×200 relay.
Detra’s 300 hurdles time was the second fastest of the preliminaries. Amber Farrell, a junior at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, has the top seed time in the finals, :44.42.
“I just really wanted to make sure I got my spot in the finals,’’ Detra said. “I’m going to focus on tomorrow now.’’
The rainy weather, which plagued the meet much of its first two days, left puddles during the 300 hurdles.
“There was that, and you don’t get much of a break and you’re tired and I just thought, ‘You’ve just got to push through,’ ’’ she said.
Despite her loaded schedule for the finals, which begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastern Illinois University, Detra will not be pacing herself.
“I’m going to just run — it’s the last meet and I want to show something as a freshman,’’ she said.
For Metamora senior Amanda Duvendack, it is her last state meet, and she definitely showed something in her races Friday.
The defending 800 champion is the top seed in that event by almost six seconds after she ran 2:13.71 in the second of two preliminaries.
Duvendack will be joined in the 800 finals by East Peoria teammates Emma Preston and Cassie Lohmeier and Notre Dame freshman Maureen Lawless.
“It wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted, but hopefully the weather tomorrow will allow me to do what I want to do,’’ said Duvendack, who wants a crack at the overall state record of 2:07.3.
Duvendack also anchored Metamora’s qualifying 4×400 relay in a season-best 4:00.20. Duvendack had to come from behind to win that race and took the baton with a look of determination.
“I knew when Ellen (Goins) gave me the baton in that race, that those girls did everything that they could,’’ Duvendack said about Goins, Jolie Zwick and Patricia Goettler. “I couldn’t have asked any more. And I knew I needed to do everything I could to get us there. And we’re going. So that was the motivation there.’’
Preston ran her second consective 2:15 in the 800 and finished second in the first heat of that race. She also raced in perhaps the most difficult conditions of the day as a heavy rain began to fall just as her heat came to the line.
“I like rain, though,’’ she said. “It makes things interesting.’’
Preston was supposed to run the 1600 but scratched out of that event.
“She’s had a sore ankle and we figure she has plenty of years of big races,’’ East Peoria distance coach Tim Broe said. “We decided to put all our eggs in one basket this year rather than double.’’
Notre Dame junior Molly Dahlquist anchored the team of Lawless, Jessie Wynn and Maggie Clark to a spot in the 4×800 finals, in 9:47.68. But Dahlquist missed qualifying in the 1600 after she ran 7.8 seconds slower than her seventh-ranked sectional seed time.
“The mile didn’t go quite as I wanted,’’ she said. “I just didn’t have it today.’’
Galesburg qualified its 4×800 relay of Becca Ladner, Dorothy Mangieri, Hanna Hawkins and Jackie Kennedy in 9:47.40 and advanced — barely — in the 4×200 with Cierra Latta, Sharron Diggins, Rainee Sibley and Bailey Jackson. The Silver Streaks suffered a bad handoff, which hampered their time.
“We had one bad handoff and we’re definitely going to work on it because we were right neck and neck with (top seed Springfield) Southeast before that,’’ Jackson said. “We can give them a run for their money.’’
Dunlap sophomore Lexi Hobbs competed in four events Friday and advanced in one — the long jump, where she has the fifth-best preliminary performance, at 18-8.25. LaSalle-Peru sophomore Ellen Renk also advanced in the long jump (17-8) and is seeded third in the triple jump (37-3).
Alycia Welch of Streator also advanced in triple jump.
Metamora senior Morgan Ryan and Notre Dame sophomore Grace Shadid moved on in the pole vault.
In the weights, Richwoods senior Raven Robinson, Dunlap senior Emily Waldman and Galesburg junior Amy Blucker made the finals in the shot put and discus.
Morton senior Maggie McMurtrey and Galesburg sophomore Myra Diggins advanced in the discus.
CLASS 3A: Pekin freshman Kara Toel advanced to the finals of the 400 meters with the eighth-best prelim time, :58.19.
“There’s a lot of really quick times out there,’’ said Toel, who immediately after the race wasn’t sure she had made it. “I was kind of nervous, but when you get into it, it’s just going just like usual.’’