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Track Knights host annual Indoor Invite

By Anthony Jones

TROY — Triad boys track and field opened their spring campaign in exciting fashion on Feb. 23.

The Knights kicked off the year by hosting the tenth annual Triad Knight Indoor Invite at Principia College. With a field of 34 teams, the most recent edition proved to be the largest in history.

One Knight headlined the team’s first competition of the season: senior Parker Friederich.

Competing in the pole vault, the fourth-year Knight claimed the team’s lone championship of the day. He cleared the winning height of 3.94 meters with no misses.

While Triad only claimed one first-place spot, they would take home six runner-up spots.

Tashon Crockarell provided two of those second-place finishes, starting with a 7.13 second 60 meter dash that stands as the second-fastest in school history. The star senior later took second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.26 seconds.

Another Knight to combine a pair of top-two finishes was freshman Brock O’Toole. The first-year speedster earned his first silver medal with a time of 7.25 in the 60 meter dash.

O’Toole later teamed with Nathan Ratka, Silas Thomason and Isiah Johnson in the underclassmen 4×200 to the effect of a 1:40.25 finish for second.

Zane Meier added to an impressive day for freshman Knights by taking second in the pole vault. His height of 3.79 meters was only bested by Triad’s Friederich.

Rounding out the team’s second-best finishes, junior Drew Twyman clocked in at 4:41.52 in the 1600 meter.

With a 8.71 second pace in the 60 meter hurdles, Louis Yohannes clinched a third-place finish for the hosts. Yohannes later tacked on a fourth-place 200 meter dash via his time of 23.85.

In the shot put, Zach Van Tieghem launched himself into medaling position with a toss of 15.67 meters. The senior thrower’s distance earned third-place on the day.

Drew Pace, Jacob Metcalf, Dalton Mersinger and Twyman combined efforts in the 4×800 for a time of 8:37.50. This pushed the quartet into fourth at the meet and fifth in school history.

Triad’s next best finish came in the underclassmen 4×400. There, Henry Parker, Isreal Rodgers, Meier and Thomason earned fifth with a time of 3:58.76.

Sam Kuckuck rounded out the Knights’ top-six finishes with a 10:48.02 mark in the 3200 meter.


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