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By Mark Jurgena
The first-ever Kahok Krazy Relays took place in Collinsville on March 27 with four schools participating. The relays featured a mix of conventional and unconventional relays that utilized coed teams.
Mascoutah won the event with Collinsville finishing in second.
“It was an interesting meet with some races you don’t see in any other meet,” said CHS girls coach Adam Blair. “The relays besides two were all coed. It was fun and practice was fun leading up to it because you’re training in ways that you’re not used to training and doing handoffs and strategizing relays that are just abstract that you’re not used to.”
Collinsville won four of the 16 events with Mascoutah taking first with the other 12 events. Third place Granite City and fourth place Alton failed to win any events.
CHS school record set
The most significant event so far as Collinsville track history is concerned was the school record breaking performance by KJ Thorps-Watt. The junior – who has set several school records already in his career broke a CHS record that had stood since 1976.
In the high jump relay event, Thorps-Watt cleared 6’ 7 ½” to best the old mark of 6’ 7 ⅕” set by G. Campbell.
“I have to admit, KJ breaking the high jump school record today was a surprise,” said CHS boys coach Darryl Frerker after the event. “His groin was sore from Saturday (at the Illinois Top Times meet) and there was a possibility that he did not compete. He did and did well. Outstanding effort and well deserved!”
Despite the record leap, Mascoutah beat Collinsville in the high jump relay event.
CHS relay winners
The discus throw relay team of Karley-Jo Jackson, Devin Habermehl, Kailey Stauthammer and Jonathon Sewell won their event while the shot put relay took first with Habermehl, Sewell, Ellie Rhinehart and Craig Hall on the squad.
Collinsville’s distance medley relay (a combination of a 600m, 400m, 800m and 1200m) team of Brian Castro, Juan Carlos Doria, Trey Peterson and Andrew Gonski took top honors with a time of 7:50.90.
Finally, in the Thrower’s 4×100 meter relay, the team of Hall, Sewell, Stauthammer, and Habermehl took the title with a time of 53.7 seconds.
Boys at SW IL Relays
In the rescheduled Southwestern Illinois Relays at Edwardsville some of the Collinsville throwers entered into events and came home with nice finishes.
Habermehl took a second place finish in the shot put at the meet with a heave of 13.72 meters. It was an outdoor PR for the Kahok sophomore.
He finished behind Edwardsville sophomore Lose Epenesa who tossed a 13.82 meter effort to win. That converts to 45’ 3”.
Kahok junior Zach Chambers was right behind Habermehl with a toss of 13.05 meters.
In the discus the two top Kahoks flipped spots with Chambers taking second place after his toss of 42.04 meters while Habermehl finished third with a mark of 41.84 meters.
Epenesa won the discus with a toss of 49.86 meters. That converts to 163’ 5”.