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Knights Track Wins Sectional; Qualifies 5 Individuals and 2 Relays For I.H.S.A. State Meet

Knights Make History!!!! The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights’ track and field team made school history at the I.H.S.A. Sectional meet hosted by Tuscola last Friday, June 11. They became the first track and field squad to win a Sectional meet! Pictured here with the Championship plaque are: Front: Coach Lyle Dorjahn, Mason Allen, Austin Plank, Brady Borntreger, Max Allen, Lyle Adcock, Layton Hall and Coach Matt Thomas. Back: Keegan Ashenfelter, Drew Cotton, Aaron Likens, Jace Green, Jacob Duzan, Kaden Feagin, Logan Beckmier, Jacob Adcock, Reggie Edmonds, Connor Edmonds, Landon Waldrop and Coach Jordan Feagin.

Sports Writer

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond boys’ track and field team made history last Friday night. They won the I.H.S.A. Sectional meet held at Tuscola High School. It is the first Sectional title in school history for any of the schools that make up CUSD #305.

The Knights scored 125 points to easily outdistance second place Shelbyville who had 87. Other team results were 3rd Warrensburg-Latham 64; 4th Tuscola 61; 5th Decatur St. Teresa 37; 6th Marshall 34; 7th Sullivan 27; 8th Arcola 26; 9th Central A & M 24; 10th Pana 19; 11th Villa Grove 18; 12th Meridian 15; 13th Sangamon Valley 7; 14th Cerro Gordo Bement 6; 15th Okaw Valley 5; 16th Shiloh 2 and 17th Argenta-Oreana 1.

The following athletes all qualified to compete at the I.H.S.A. State Track and Field Class 1A Championship meet at Eastern Illinois University next Thursday, June 17.

Leading the way for the Knights with two first place finishes was Layton Hall who won the 1600 meters in 4:29.52 and the 3200m in 9:48.14; Finn Davison, who qualified in all four of his events, won the 100 in 11.37, a PR; and was second in the 200 in 23.27, he also anchored both winning relays, the 4 X 1 and the 4 X 2; Max Allen won the 200m in 22.86 and was on both relays; Reggie Edmonds took first in the 400m in 53.05, a PR; and Kaden Feagin was second in the long jump with a leap of 6.08 meters. Besides Max and Finn, Brady Borntreger and Mason Allen were the other members of the relays with Aaron Likens an alternate for those.

Not only did the 4 X 2 relay take first and qualify for State, they also broke the school record in that event. The new mark is now 1:32.9. The previous record of 1:33.7 was set in 2007 by Corey Dowd, Bobby Aikman, Jake Yoder and Nick Coleman at the Tuscola Open so both relays set their records at Tuscola.

Knight athletes earning points for the red, black and gold were Landon Waldrop, third in the triple jump, (11.94m PR), fourth in the 110 meter hurdles, (17.67 PR) and sixth in the long jump, (5.86m); Logan Beckmier, third in the 3200, (10:15.91); Kaden Feagin, third in the shot put, (13.49m PR); Jace Green, fourth in the 1600m, (4:43.70); Aaron Likens, triple jump, (11.72 PR). The 4 X 8 relay of Jacob Duzan, Austin Plank, Reggie Edmonds and Jace Green ran 9:16.33 to finish third; and the 4 X 4 relay of Reggie Edmonds, Austin Plank, Aaron Likens and Max Allen finished in fourth in a time of 3:42.91.

Others competing in the meet were Keegan Ashenfelter, shot put, (9.00m) and discus, (25.68m); Drew Cotton, 400m, (1:03.91); Jacob Duzan, 800m, (2:19.14) and Logan Beckmier, 800m, (2:23.26).

The historic win earned the team a fire truck escort back into town following the meet. Coupled with Thursday’s softball Sectional Championship, it was quite the exciting couple of days for the ALAH Knights and their fans.

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