CHARLESTON — Rochelle sophomore Trevor Goodwin has improved so quickly in the triple jump that the only person separating him from the Rochelle Township High School fresh-soph record is himself.
Goodwin broke the RTHS record twice during the regular season, and the standout sophomore reached another personal best during the IHSA Class 2A State Championships at Eastern Illinois University this past weekend. Goodwin continued exceeding expectations, qualifying for the triple jump finals on Friday with a mark of 43-2 ¾ before medaling in sixth place on Saturday with a new school record mark of 43-9 ¼.
“Breaking the school record for a third time felt amazing especially since I got to end my season with a personal record,” Goodwin said. “Breaking that record really motivates me to train harder and do better. The state experience was wonderful and it will prepare me for next year because I know what it will be like to make the state meet. It taught me how to respond to pressure by jumping against the best athletes in the state.”
Goodwin entered the state championships after shocking the field and winning the IHSA Class 2A Sterling Sectional title during the previous week. With two more seasons remaining, the sophomore will be one of Rochelle’s top point-scorers moving forward.
“The thing I enjoyed most about the state meet was seeing all the best athletes in all the different events and witnessing a few state records get broken,” Goodwin said. “I enjoyed having a lot of fierce competition that pushed me to do better and better.”
Both Goodwin and Rochelle senior Mason DeLille represented the Hubs at the state championships as first-time competitors this year. DeLille, who holds the RTHS all-time triple jump record, suffered a hip flexor injury during practice this past week. But DeLille pushed through the pain, finishing 18th out of 27 athletes with a mark of 41-4 ½ in the triple jump prelims after tying for 13th place with no height during the high jump prelims.
“I enjoyed getting to be there and just having the experience,” DeLille said. “A lot of people can’t say they’ve made it to state, let alone in two events. It was incredible watching everybody compete. I don’t feel I performed very well due to the injury in practice, and it definitely hindered my state performances without a doubt.”
DeLille ends his RTHS track and field career as a two-time High Point Award winner. The senior will be taking his talents to the collegiate level next year, playing soccer and running track and field at Carthage College.
“I wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything in the world,” DeLille said. “My parents, my college coach and I all know what I can do and that’s all that matters. I’m very prepared to compete in college and become one of Carthage’s top jumpers. I can’t wait to leave my mark there.”