EUREKA, Ill. — Courtney Heffren has done this before.
She’s put on her spikes and run at state. But she knows this weekend is going to be different.
“It will probably be a whirlwind. We have state and then graduation is the next day,” said Heffren. “Everything is coming to a close this weekend. It will hit me next week when I’m not doing anything.”
Saturday, Heffren wraps up an incredible high school career with her fourth straight trip to the state track finals. She made it to state in volleyball as a sophomore (winning the class 2A title) and in basktball as a junior (fourth place in 2A).
So she’s played three sports her entire prep career and has been to state in all three.
“It’s what schools dream of. A three-sport athlete that works hard and doesn’t complain,” said Eureka girls track coach Brandon Heider. “She does everything you ask for and she never complains. It’s great.”
Heffren is a part of Eureka’s 4×400 and 4×800 relays that have advanced to the state finals at Charleston.
But she knows her EHS career has been special.
“It’s really cool because it’s with a bunch of different girls, not all the same,” Heffren said of her trips to state in three sports. “All are different experiences.”
Heffren will play volleyball and basketball at Illinois Central College next season. But before she closes the book on her track career, she has a final weekend to shine as one of Eureka High School’s most decorated athletes.
“I think I will miss the people more,” Heffren said. “All my friends, seeing them everyday. Our class is really close. Not seeing them everyday is going to be really sad.”