By Mark Jurgena
A second-place team finish was the reward for a great effort by the Collinsville boys track team on April 15th at the Granite City Invitational.
CHS recorded 87 team points to edge O’Fallon, Mo. (Ft. Zumwalt West) by two points. Marion won the championship with 154.5 points.
“That just doesn’t happen often enough,” said CHS coach Darryl Frerker. “We’ve got a lot of really good guys competitive-wise, personality-wise but our depth is not there to score a lot of team points.
“The team gelled, they stepped up, they competed well, and to get second place in the meet was a feather in the cap. I was pretty excited for the boys.”
CHS sophomore Trey Peterson set a new Frosh/Soph school record in the 1600 meters. He won the race with a time of 4:37.64.
“He ran negative splits, he ran a really good race,” said Frerker. “It was so windy, in fact, every race has been windy. The race strategy was to be a little patient at the beginning. He ended up taking charge of the race about 300 meters in and didn’t give up the lead.”
In order to run a negative split, a runner needs to run a faster lap than the one he did before.
At Granite, Peterson ran faster on every lap of the 1600 meters. That means the 1:04.00 he ran on the final lap was his fastest of the race.
KJ Thorps-Watt won the high jump with a best of 1.90 meters or 6’ 2”.
Jonathan Sewell won the discus with a best of 48.16 meters or 158’ 0”.
Kevin Meza placed second in the shot put. He produced a top throw of 13.92 meters or 45’ 8”. Jonathan Sewell placed fourth with a heave of 12.46 meters. Which converts to 40’ 10 ½”.
In addition to Sewell winning the discus, freshman Devin Habermehl tossed it 40.07 meters. The English measurement for that is 131’ 5”. That distance was good for fourth.
Ben Stallings finished third in the pole vault by clearing 10’ 6”, while Ayden Gratzl placed fifth by clearing 10’ 0”.
Individual track events
In the 100 meters, Jerry Richardson finished second with an 11.93. He finished .01 behind CamRon Mitchell of Jacksonville.
Jeremiah Yarbough picked up an important team point finishing eighth in the 400 meters. He finished his lap in 54.38.
Andrew Gonski took seventh place in the 800 meters with a 2:07.78. Kahok Brian Castro ran 2:14. 56.
Gonski also took sixth in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:01.11.
Dylan Meek ran a 12:06.69 to take sixth in the 3200 meters.
CHS took sixth in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 48.11. Thorps-Watt, Richardson, Edwards, and Chase Reynolds ran the relay for the Kahoks.
In the 4×400, CHS again placed sixth. The team of Thorps-Watt, Yarbough, Sebastian Munoz, and Shamarion Nelson ran a time of 3:41.36.
Additionally, a Frosh/Soph 4×400 relay was run and Collinsville came out on top with a time of 3:55.74. Peterson, Stallings, Castro, and Carlos-Juan Doria competed for that squad.
Highland Frosh/Soph meet
On April 12th Collinsville participated in the Highland Frosh/Soph meet and returned with more great performances.
Collinsville was led on the track by a pair of sophomores.
KJ Thorps-Watt had yet another great performance for the Kahoks. He won the high jump and the triple jump. He added a fifth-place finish in the long jump and took part in the 4×400 meter relay team that finished second.
“Whatever we need to put him in he most often will step up and want to do it which is awesome!” said Frerker.
Thorps-Watt won the high jump by clearing 6’ 2” and won the triple jump with a leap of 42’ 8”. In the long jump, he had a best of 17’ 10 ¼”.
Trey Peterson won the 800 with a 2:03.81 and returned to take second in the 1600 with a time of 4:43.20.
In the shot and discus, Zach Chambers and Devin Habermehl took fourth and fifth place in those events, switching places in the events.
Chambers took fourth in the discus with 38.04 meters or 124’ 10” with Habermehl right behind in fifth place at 37.87 meters or 124’ 3”.
Habermehl took fourth in the shot with a heave of 12.49 meters or 40’ 11 ¾”. Chambers was in fifth with a toss of 12.23 meters or 40’ 1 ½”.
Ben Stallings cleared 11’ 6” in the pole vault with Ayden Gratzl taking fourth at 10’ 0”.
Individual Track Events
Juan Doria took eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 57.42.
Brian Castro was third in the 800 finishing in 2:13.63.
In the 1600 Andrew Gonski went 4:51.75 to place fifth.
The 4×800 relay took first. In the 4×800, not all team members were listed on enduranceracetiming.com. They ran a 9:05.65. Gonski, Doria, and Munoz were all listed as running for the team.
The CHS 4×100 team of Cameron Edwards, Cameron Jones, Jalek Nelson, and Chase Reynolds finished seventh with a time of 48.7.
Collinsville’s 4×400 relay took second with a time of 3:43.14. Members of the team were Munoz, Thorps-Watt, Stallings, and Nelson.
In the 4×200 relay, CHS took seventh with a 1:42.82. Again not all team members were listed in the final results. Edwards, Munoz, and Isaiah Norton were part of the team.