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By Mark Jurgena
Collinsville had a great day at the annual Madison County Large School track championships held in Granite City on April 25.
The Kahoks took second place with 114 team points at the six school meet. Edwardsville took the title with 151 points.
KJ Thorps-Watt was a three-time county champion this year. He won the high jump, triple jump and the long jump.
“He was the field event athlete of the event anyway,” said CHS coach Darryl Frerker. “The exciting part was that I believe he only took five jumps to win all three of those. That was a great outing for him.”
Thorps-Watt won the high jump with a mark of 1.88 meters or 6’ 1 ½” on his one and only jump of the competition. Antonio Dean of Granite City came in second at 1.83 meters or 6-0. Andre Mayne of Collinsville was sixth at 1.78 meters or 5-8.
In the long jump, he marked at 6.10 meters or 20-0. Cam Ward came in second at 5.59 meters for Highland.
Dylan Brown of Collinsville took fifth at 5.32 meters or 17-4.
In the triple jump, Thorps-Watt bounded 12.36 meters or 40’ 5” to take the crown. Isaiah Ford of Granite City went 11.86 meters to take second. Kahok Eric Stuber marked at 10.97 meters or 35-9.
Trey Peterson went sub-2:00 again in winning the 800 meters with a time 1:59.17. Alex Uder of Edwardsville was second at 2:01.63.
Peterson returned for a sixth place finish in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:51.53. His teammate Andrew Gonski took fifth with a personal record effort of 4:44.31 while Highland’s Dallas Mancinas ran a time of 4:36.10 to take the title.
Gonski placed third in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:24.68. Jason Amick of Edwardsville won with a time of 10:08.07.
Several other Kahoks finished third as well.
In the 400 meters, Jalek Nelson was third at 52.05 seconds. Ja’ Quiveon Whitfield of Alton won with a 51.50.
Kahok Juan Carlos Doria was eighth with a time of 55.77 seconds.
In the 110 high hurdles, Talin Nabors ran a time of 16.09 seconds to take third while fellow CHS hurdler Adam Frazier ran a time of 17.40 seconds.
In relay events, Collinsville’s 4×200 team of Brian Munoz, Jeremiah Yarbough, Loyal Patterson, and Trent Strong took third with a time of 1:35.56. Alton won with a time of 1:31.06.
The 4×400 relay team of Gonski, Yarbough, Peterson, and Nelson also took third with a time of 3:35.37. Edwardsville won with 3:30.82.
CHS brought home three third place finishes in the field events.
Devin Habermehl took third in the shot put with a heave of 13.63 meters or 44-7 while Kahok Cameron Sewell was right behind with a toss of 13.55 meters or 44-4.
Lose Epenesa of Edwardsville won with a toss of 14.46 meters or 47-4.
In the discus, Sewell came in third with a mark of 44.57 meters or 146-2 with Habermehl right behind at 42.35 meters or 138-9.
Epenesa won the crown with a toss of 48.75 meters or 159-9.
Ben Stallings took third in the pole vault with a mark of 3.66 meters or 12-0 while teammate Ayden Gratzl cleared 3.05 meters or 10-0.
“Stallings was right at his PR,” said Frerker. “He’s just starting to come on here at the end of the season.”
Back on the track, Nabors ran a personal record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.35 seconds. Clayton Lakatos of Edwardsville won with a time of 39.88 seconds.
Kahok Troy Johnson took seventh in the 100 with a time of 11.71 seconds and finished behind county champion Samuel Elliot-Barnes of Alton and his time of 11.17 seconds.
In the 200 CHS sprinter Sebastian Munoz ran a time of 24.07 seconds to take eighth place while Elliot-Barnes won with a time of 22.31 seconds. Collinsville’s Isaiah Gordon ran a personal best 24.17 seconds in the race as well.
On April 28 CHS took part in the Triad Invitational.
Brian Castro took the highest finish for the Kahoks on the day. He took second in the 800 meter race with a personal record performance of 2:03.02. Alex Lacke of Wentzville, Mo. (North Pointe) took the top position with a time of 1:58.71.
Trey Peterson dropped down to the 400 meters for some speed work and registered his own personal record with a time of 51.35 good for third place. Teammate Jalek Nelson was right behind with a 51.62 which was a PR for him as well.
Judd Hicks on Mt. Vernon won with a time of 50.20.
KJ Thorps-Watt cleared 1.90 meters or 6-2 for third place in the high jump. Nicholas Deloach cleared 1.95 meters or 6-3.
Thorps-Watt returned with a mark of 12.94 meters or 42-4 in the triple jump for fourth place. Deloach won with a mark of 13.78 meters or 45-2.
In the discus, Devin Habermehl took fourth place with a personal record toss of 47.07 meters or 154-4. Teammate Cam Sewell tossed it 45.52 meters or 149-3 for sixth place.
Chase Crawford of Cahokia won with a mark of 48.64 meters or 159-5.
Kahok Jalek Nelson took eighth in the 200 with a personal best time of 23.30 seconds while James Harris of Springfield (Lanphier) took top honors with a time of 22.04 seconds.
The 4×200 meters saw the Collinsville team of Munoz, Yarbough, Strong, and Patterson ran a time of 1:33.99 for eighth place.
Edwardsville took first with a time of 1:29.72.
Finally, in the pole vault, Ben Stallings took eighth with a mark of 3.52 meters or 11-5. Eric Stukenburg cleared 4.27 meters or 14-0.
The Kahoks host the Collinsville Invitational tomorrow before taking part in the SWC Conference meet next Wednesday at O’Fallon.