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IMSA's Amber Farrell Two-Time IHSA State Champion in Track

IMSA junior Amber Farrell of Carbondale is the first IMSA female athlete to become an IHSA State Champion after winning first place in both the 100 m High Hurdles and 300 m Hurdles at the Class AA Girls State Track and Field Meet.

In addition to being named a State Champion in the 100 m High Hurdles (14.17) and the 300 m Hurdles (43.08), Amber also took 6th place in the 200 Meter Dash (25.38).

(l-to-r) IMSA Assistant Track and Field Coach Tony DiMarzio, IHSA State Champion and IMSA junior Amber Farrell, State Qualifier and IMSA junior  Brielle James and Head Track and Field Coach Robb Gill.

"Her 14.17 time in the 100 meter hurdles and 43.08 time in the 300 meter hurdles are outstanding times for any prep athlete anywhere in the nation," said IMSA Head Track and Field Coach Robb Gill.  "She was by far the best overall hurdler in all of the IHSA classes."

Click here to see the Chicago Tribune's coverage of Amber's performance (including a photo) at the Class 2A preliminaries.

In addition to her athletic talent, Gill said Amber serves as an excellent role model for her team because of her strong work ethic and high standards.

"Amber holds herself to higher standards than just a victory, as winning is not enough for her," Gill said.  "After winning each race, she did not celebrate her win; instead the first thing she did was to look at the Jumbotron to see her time in the race," Gill said. 

Thanks to Amber's outstanding performance, the IMSA Girls Track Team tied for 7th overall  at the Class 2A IHSA Girls State Track and Field Meet.

Gill said Amber's strong work ethic will serve her well in her future at IMSA and beyond.

"Amber is a very humble young woman who has a very bright future both on and off the track."

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