I covered the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Finals at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium last weekend for a freelance assignment. When I was working at the Herald & Review I had to photograph almost every event to cover all of our local athletes. This weekend was a little more relaxed for me.
My main job was to cover Breese Central’s Jena Hemann as she attempted to win four gold medals. Again.
This girl is a machine. She won all four of her events last year. She won the high jump four years in a row. She set the long jump state record with her first jump on Saturday. She led in team points for most of the day (she ended up getting her school a fourth place team trophy by herself). She won first place in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and the 100-meter dash.
The only complaint I have about her is that she is too good. She pretty much won every event on her first try, which means I had to get it right on the first try. It was a fun challenge.
I spent the rest of the day shooting things for fun to keep myself from getting bored in between my “must-shoot” events. I feel like I should have pushed myself a little harder, but the stress fracture in my foot was killing me… hopefully I’ll be a little more mobile this weekend for the boys meet. (more…)