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By Mark Jurgena
The boys track team at Collinsville High School continued their strong start to the season on March 10 at the Edwardsville Tiger Indoor Invitational at Principia College in Elsah.
It was their third and final indoor meet of the season.
“I’ve talked before about this being the best start to a season we’ve had and it just continues,” began veteran CHS coach Darryl Frerker. “The kids are into it, they’re cheering each other on. We’re not hitting on all cylinders yet but it’s still a little early, it’s indoor and I look forward to the outdoor season.”
Two Kahoks came back with first place finishes.
Trey Peterson won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.94. The time tied his personal record and is No. 2 on the CHS indoor top ten all-time.
Despite his time, the Kahok trailed for the majority of the four laps around the indoor track.
Trey Mygatt of Mt. Vernon took the pace to the field for a potential sub-two-minute race. He ran a 27.67 over the first 200 meters but progressively produced slower 200-meter splits as the race continued.
In fact, the only split in which Peterson was faster than him was the final one. The Kahok ran a split of 30.55 while Mygatt ran his slowest time of 32.99 seconds.
“It was an exciting race because he took the lead with no more than 50 meters to go,” said Frerker. “They went out after a sub-two half. They were under 60 seconds at the quarter and didn’t quite make it under two. His third 200 was a little slow but his fourth 200 was back on pace.
“Just two solid times for indoors.”
Devin Habermehl was the other Collinsville winner on the day. He won the freshman/sophomore shot put competition with a toss of 45’ 5 ¾” or 13.86 meters. It was a personal record and a Frosh/Soph meet record toss for the sophomore.
CHS sophomore Kaden Hearn placed second at the meet with a heave of 39’ 11 ½” or 12.18 meters.
“We had a good 1-2 punch with Devin and Kaden,” said Frerker. “Chad’s (Burgess – the CHS throwers coach) got five good throwers right now with another also around 40 feet. He’s got a lot to work with and is doing well with them.”
KJ Thorps-Watt took second in the triple jump with a bound of 43’ 8 ½”. He finished behind Nicholas DeLoach of Cahokia. The Comanche jumped 44’ 8 ¾” to win.
Thorps-Watt tied for third in the high jump with a height of 6’ 2 ¾” or 1.90 meters. He tied Alex Austin of Normal (West) and Tashon Crockarell of Triad.
DeLoach won the competition by clearing 6’ 4 ¾”.
“There were some good jumpers,” Frerker said. “He barely missed right at 6-4. He barely drug it off with his hamstring. The next two jumps weren’t quite as good but he was over the bar up to his hamstring all three times. That would’ve been a personal record for him, so he’s right there.”
Finally, he set a personal record of 24.95 in the 200 meters.
Jalek Nelson took second place in the 400 with a time of 53.61. That represented a personal record and stands at #8 on the all-time indoor list for Collinsville. Ramontray Abram of Belleville West won with a time of 50.28 seconds.
Andrew Gonski took second in the 3200 meters, set a personal record and established the second-best time in CHS indoor track history by running a time of 10:16.24.
He finished behind Edwardsville’s Ben Perulfi’s 9:56.97.
Talin Nabors continued to have a nice start to his high school track career with a third place finish in the Frosh/Soph 60-meter hurdles. He ran a time of 9.03 seconds which is No. 3 on the all-time indoor list.
Jersey Winter Thaw
Two Kahok throwers returned to Principia on Saturday to take part in the meet hosted by Jerseyville.
Habermehl won the varsity competition at the meet with a toss of 46’ 11 ½ “. That was the No. 9 all-time throw in indoor history for a Kahok. He beat Ashton Noble of Roxana who tossed the shot 45’ 8 ½”.
Jonathan Shepherd threw a 39’ 4 ½” for his best mark of the day.
With the indoor season complete, the Kahoks look toward their outdoor season as they begin with a dual meet against Granite City on March 21 in Collinsville before heading to the Southwestern Illinois Relays in Edwardsville on March 24.
The Illinois Indoor Top Times meet is on March 25 at the Illinois Wesleyan University Fieldhouse in Bloomington should any Kahoks qualify.