Kahok boys track and field off and running
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By Mark Jurgena
The Collinsville boys track indoor season is off to a running start after taking part in the 31-team Triad Indoor Invite at Principia College in Elsah.
“Overall it was fantastic I think this was the best start that we’ve had to a season in a long time,” said CHS coach Darryl Frerker. “The athletes we took to the meet overall were great as a team. They were respectful about everything from on the bus ride to cheering for teammates and holding blocks. It makes for a fantastic start.”
A pair of CHS athletes took first place in their events.
KJ Thorps-Watt got his season off to a great start with a win in the triple jump and a second place finish in the high jump.
The Kahok took first in the triple with a leap of 43’ 9 ¾” or 13.35 meters to set a new school record for indoor competition. Mason Kooi of Springfield (Lutheran) was the runner-up. He went 42’ 2” or 12.85 meters.
Thorps-Watt took a runner-up finish in the high jump with a mark of 6’0” or 1.83 meters. That was quite a ways behind Kooi who leaped 2.03 meters or 6’ 7 3/4”.
Kooi won the Class 1A state title in both the high jump and triple jump last May.
Kahok Trey Peterson took first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:01.94.
“That was a pleasant surprise because he is still playing soccer and not training for track full-time,” said Frerker. “Going into the meet I didn’t think he had that in him. He just competes so hard.”
He finished in fifth place in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:48.77. Jackson Coleman of Bethalto (Civic Memorial) won the race with a time of 4:41.47.
Collinsville got a couple of second place finishes as well.
Jeremiah Yarbough took second in the 400 meters with a time of 55.59 seconds just behind Quentin Stepney from East St. Louis and his 53.40 second time.
Juan Doria took fourth place in the 400 with a time of 57.14.
Jonathan Sewell took second in the shot put with a heave of 48’ 11 ½” or 14.92 meters. Devin Habermehl took fourth place with a toss of 45’ 1” or 13.74 meters.
Andrew Gonski was third in the 3200 meters with a 10:28.64 effort. Ethan Hogan from Columbia won with a time of 9:13.31.
Gonski’s time from the weekend sits at #2 all-time indoors in the 3200 meters at Collinsville High School.
“He wanted to run the two mile and had a good showing,” Frerker said. “It’s nice to have somebody back in the distance arena so far as the two-mile goes.”
The boys will travel to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on Saturday to take part in the SIU High School Indoor meet.