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Triad Track takes 1st in 59 team field

By Anthony Jones

TROY — Fifty-nine teams competed at the Charleston Boys Track Indoor Invitational on Mar. 3.

After wrapping up the day’s 15 events, the Triad Knights earned the meet championship with a tally of 51 team points.

With a first place finish in the shot put, Zack Van Tieghem earned ten of the Knights’ points with a toss of 14.98 meters. The closest mark to the senior was second place’s 14.33 meter throw.

Louis Yohannes earned Triad’s other championship on Eastern Illinois University’s track in the 60 meter high hurdles. The junior clocked in at 8.48 seconds, besting the silver medalist by 0.28 seconds.

Yohannes also placed in a critical 4×400 relay, which was the night’s final event. Silas Thomason, Nathan Ratka and Zane Meier teamed up with the junior for a time of 3:49.63 and eighth place overall.

The eighth place finish for the Knights scored their final point of the meet, pushing them to 51 points and ahead of Mt. Zion’s tally of 50.5. Mt. Zion, who finished in sixth-place at last year’s IHSA Class 2A State Finals, took third in the final event for six points and the momentary lead.

The meet’s top-three was rounded out by Robinson, who tallied 40 points.

Triad’s lone second place finish of the meet came in the 3200 meter, where senior Drew Pace delivered a personal record of 9:59.88. Pace finished less than a second behind the event champion.

Another impressive distance performance came from Drew Twyman, who claimed third in the 1600 meter. The junior Knight was the fastest non-senior with a time of 4:41.42.

Jacob Odle, Isiah Johnson, Braven Hard and Ratka joined forces in the 4×200 to earn their team another third-place finish. Their time of 1:38.51 earned them their placement against 35 competing quartets.

With a clearance of 3.80 meters in the pole vault, Parker Friederich tacked on another scoring finish for the team champions. The fourth-year Knight finished in fifth-place.

Triad saw two sixth-place finishes as well: Dalton Mersinger’s 2:09.64 800 meter and Johnson’s 5.79 meter debut in the long jump.

The Knights will continue their indoor season on Mar. 8, when they travel to Principia College for an Edwardsville-hosted meet.


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