Woodstock High School seniors Cora Uidl and Will Maidment both left Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center with bronze medals around their necks.
They entered their particular events in the Top Times Class 2A Meet ranked, and the pair did not disappoint at the high school indoor track competition.
Uidl vaulted to a height of 11 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault. She was only 6 inches from the winning height of 12-3. Monticello’s Aliyah Welter and Mt. Zion’s Josephine Held vaulted 12-3. Both are juniors. It was Uidl’s best jump of the year as she entered with a seeded height of 11-6. Only four seniors were in the top 13.
Maidment was even closer to a victory in the high jump. He finished with a leap of 6-3 after entering with a seeded height of 6-6, which was the top height in the state. The senior’s jump was only 3 inches from the winning height of 6-6, which was jumped by Marmion Academy’s Seth Groom. The top 10 athletes jumped 5-11 or better. It was senior-dominated as six seniors finished in the top 10.
One of those seniors was Woodstock North’s Matt Haynes. Haynes finished sixth with a jump of 6-1. He entered the indoor meet, sometimes tagged as the unofficial state final, because the IHSA does not sponsor it, with a seeded height of 6-4.
The three seniors from Woodstock were the only three to advance to the Top Times Meet. The meet was held over a two-day period as Class 1A was featured on Friday and Class 2A and Class 3A were featured on Saturday.