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Kahok Boys Track Continues To Improve As Spring Moves Along

By Mark Jurgena

Finally, the weather is getting warmer.

It’s still a little windy which can hurt times, but at least the temperature is up.

Those conditions helped the Collinsville boys track team put in some excellent performances last week.

Winston Brown Invitational

In the April 23rd meet at Edwardsville, CHS placed eighth in the 16-team field varsity division. They scored 31.5 points to beat Triad by a single tally.

“Outside of the wind, it was awesome to have some great temperatures,” said CHS coach Darryl Frerker. “It gave us the opportunity to do something that was not so cold and rainy as the previous meets. The wind was a factor that prevented a few personal records.”

Overall, Edwardsville won the title with 142 points barely beating Plainfield (North) which had 140.75 points.

In the varsity division, Edwardsville edged Mt. Vernon for the team victory 120-119. The Tigers finished second in the final race, the 4×400 meter relay, while Mt. Vernon placed fourth. Plainfield (North) won the race.

North won the Frosh/Soph part of the meet with 40 points while the Tigers had 22.

Field events

In the high jump, KJ Thorps-Watt took second by clearing 1.85 meters or 6’ 0”. He placed just behind Jo’viano Howard of Cahokia who cleared 1.90 meters. Both athletes are sophomores.

Kevin Meza tossed the shot 14.05 meters or 46’ 1”. Which was good for third place. Colin Wojtkiwicz of Plainfield (North) won the competition with a toss of 53’ 6”.

In the discus, three CHS athletes placed in the top eight.

Jonathan Sewell came up with a best throw in the discus of 44.71 meters or 144’ 6”. He took third in the event. Meza had a personal record toss of 43.67 meters or 143’ 3” which was good for sixth place.

Devin Habermehl threw a PR of 43.28 meters. That converts to 141’ 9”. He took seventh. That placed him in the #3 spot for Frosh/Soph all-time at Collinsville.

In the pole vault, Ben Stallings took sixth with a PR of 3.70 meters or 12’ 1”. Ayden Gratzl cleared 3.25 meters or 10’ 6”. He also is now #3 in the Frosh/Soph top ten at CHS.

Track events

Jerry Richardson took seventh place in the 100 meters with a time of 11.11 while Cameron Edwards had a PR of 11.42.

In the 4×100 meter relay, CHS took fifth place with a time of 45.41. Cameran Edwards, Jalek Nelson, Sebastian Munoz, and Richardson made up the team.

The Frosh/Soph 4×400 meters also took fifth with a 3:51.62. That team was Stallings, Munoz, Trey Peterson, and Brian Castro.

O’Fallon Freshman Invitational

CHS took top honors on April 21 in O’Fallon. They outdistanced Edwardsville 110- 97 for first place.

“We didn’t go into it with the idea we were going to win this thing,” said Frerker. “We just wanted to get some kids in relays and race a few freshmen that haven’t had the opportunity to compete that much a chance.

“The ones that have been doing well did very well and the other ones scored some points and made a difference in the outcome.”

Field events

Collinsville had two first-place finishes in the field events.

In the shot put the Kahoks placed one-two as Devin Habermehl and Kaden Hearn bested the field while Ayden Gratzl took top honors in the pole vault.

The discus throw saw Habermehl take second place while Hearn showed up in the fifth spot.

Kylin Jordan took third in the high jump.

Track events

Edwards placed second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters.

Juan Carlos-Doria and Sebastian Munoz took second and third respectively in the 400 meters.

Cameron Jones took second in the 110-meter high hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Collinsville took fourth in the 4×100 meter relay, fifth in the 4×400 meter relay and sixth in the 4×200 meter relay.

Collinsville/Triad dual meet

Collinsville and Triad got together for a dual meet on April 20th, no team scores were kept but several individuals accomplished PRs.

Peterson took first place in the 800 meters with a PR of 2:01.7. That time put him at #3 all-time at Collinsville on the Frosh/Soph list and #10 overall on the top ten list.

Other Kahok winners at the meet included Sewell in the discus with Zach Chambers placing second while Meza and Sewell went one-two in the shot.

Thorps-Watt won the high jump and Stallings took the top spot in the pole vault.

Richardson won both the 100 and 200-meter events while Andrew Gonski took top honors in the 1600 meters.

Upcoming Schedule

The boys were at the Madison County Invite in Edwardsville Tuesday and return to the track at the Triad Outdoor Invite tomorrow.

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