Collinsville boys track opens outdoor season with several personal records
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By Mark Jurgena
On March 20, the Collinsville High School boys track and field team held their first meet of their outdoor season at Kahok Stadium.
They competed in a dual meet with Granite City and set several personal and even a school record.
In the triple jump, KJ Thorps-Watt established a new school record with a mark of 46’ 9”. Eric Stuber also set a personal best with a leap of 38’ 4”.
The old triple jump record was by Ted Stites in 1979 who leaped 45’ 5 ¼”.
Thorps-Watt set two more personal records on the day.
He jumped 6’ 6” in the high jump to establish a new #2 mark in outdoor competition history at CHS and hit a long jump of 22’ 2” to create the new #4 all-time jump in Kahok history.
“KJ is having a great start to the season, working hard, and performing well!” said CHS track coach Darryl Frerker. “Breaking the triple jump school record from 1979 is outstanding. We look forward to seeing him improve throughout the season.”
The school record in the high jump still rests with G. Campbell who jumped 6’ 7 ⅕” in 1975
Stites jumped 23’ 2” in 1979 for the school record in the long jump.
Also in the high jump, Kylin Jordan hit a personal record of 5’ 8” which tied him for #6 on the Fresh/Soph all-time Top Ten list.
AJ Mayne cleared 5’ 6” in the high jump and now stands at #10 on the Fresh/Soph all-time list with his personal record mark.
In the pole vault, Ayden Gratzl moved to the #5 spot on the outdoor list by clearing 11’ 6” and setting a PR in the process.
In the shot put Jon Sewell set an outdoor personal record with a heave of 47’ 6 ¾” while Devin Habermehl moved to #10 on the Fresh/Soph all-time list with a toss of 42’ 8 ½”. He also owns the #4 F/S throw of all-time at CHS.
Other shot put PR’s were tossed by Kaden Hearn, Jack Shepherd, and Ellis Kircher.
Jack Shepherd and Kaden Hearn set personal records in the discus.
Two freshmen had solid outings in the hurdles.
In the 110m hurdles, Talin Nabors ran a time of 16.34 seconds to put himself at #4 on Fresh/Soph all-time list. Adam Frazier’s 17.44 in the 110’s puts him at #9 on the F/S all-time list.
Both Nabors and Frazier are freshmen and were in their first outdoor meet at CHS.
In other track events, Isaiah Gordon set a PR in the 200m while Edwin Kircher set personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters.
Trey Peterson and Sebastian Munoz both hit PR’s in the 400 meters and Andrew Gonski went for a personal best in the 1600 meters.
The Kahoks competed at the first annual Kahok Krazies Relays Monday then took part in the Southwestern Illinois Relays Tuesday in Edwardsville.
They are scheduled to compete in the O’Fallon Relays tomorrow.