By Anthony Jones
Triad’s sprint relay team of Tristan Darby, Tashon Crockarell, Cory Warren and Louis Yohannes added finishing touches to their legacy at the IHSA State Finals last weekend.
In the 4×100 meter relay, the four Knights advanced through Friday’s preliminary round with a time of 42.40 seconds. This seeded them third overall for the May 27 finals.
The team clocked in at 42.28 seconds on finals day, earning them a fourth place state medal. Third place Marian also ran a time of 42.28 seconds, but bested Triad by thousandths of a second.
Darby, Crockarell, Warren and Yohannes also qualified for the state meet in the 4×200 meter relay. The speedy quartet recorded a time of 1:28.61 to take third in prelims and advance for finals the following day.
In the finals, Triad recorded a blazing time of 1:28.09 to earn second place in IHSA Class 2A. Herrin bested them with a time of 1:27.25, which was one of two instances of a 2A team running faster than 1:28.09 the entire spring. The only other case was Triad’s time of 1:27.78 at sectionals.
In addition to their second and fourth place medals, the relay team scored all 14 of Triad’s team points. This total tied them for eighteenth overall.
Crockarell, a junior, also qualified for state individually in the high jump. He was one of just eleven competitors to advance to the finals by clearing a height of 1.88 meters.
With a best height of 1.85 meters the following day, Crockarell finished in tenth place overall.
Parker Friederich was the only other Knight to reach finals day, doing so in the pole vault. The junior was one of fifteen vaulters to advance through preliminaries after clearing 4.05 meters.
With a height of 4.10 meters, Friederich broke his personal record and claimed twelfth place overall in state.
Triad’s next highest finisher was Zach Van Tieghem, who took eighteenth place in the shot put. The junior’s toss of 14.39 meters was the sixth best amongst non-seniors.
Miles Venhaus also made the trip to Eastern Illinois University for the IHSA State meet to represent Triad. With a time of 2:06.92, the junior runner took twenty-ninth place in the 800 meter run.
The youngest Knight to state qualify as an individual was Drew Twyman. Wrapping out his sophomore season, Twyman took thirty-fifth place in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:42.52. His time was only bested by six underclassmen competitors.