The ALAH Knights men’s track squad traveled to St. Joseph April 29 for the SJO Spartan Classic.
The rains held off to provide good conditions against outstanding competition.
Thirty teams entered including 2A powers Mt. Zion, Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello as well as elite, state contenders Tuscola, Salt Fork, Ridgeview and Shelbyville. This meet also included Freshman/Sophomore events that were included in the team scores.
Though scoring in Varsity events only, the Knights brought home the team runner-up trophy, only outscored by Mt. Zion’s talented roster.
The usual suspects did the scoring for ALAH. Max Allen once again tore up the sprint events. After finishing 2nd in the 100 by .02 seconds (11.25), he dominated the 400 in a 50.51PR which is also the leading 1A time in the state! Max is also the state’s #3 leading athlete in the 200 which he won in a photo finish (23.09). Landon Waldrop scored three times with an excellent 300H PR of 43.90 (4th), 110H of 16.71(4th), TJ of 40’(6th), and LJ of 19’7”(7th).
The Knight’s talented distance crew provided the remainder of the night’s scoring. Jacob Duzan led off the 4×800 Relay with a PR 2:03 leg. Jesus Corona, Lyle Adcock, and Jace Green also contributed to the 5th place effort in a season best 8:48. A thrilling 3200 run followed with Logan Beckmier and Jacob Adcock tangling with excellent runners from Mahomet, Urbana U-High and BHRA. Beckmier, 2nd@ (9:55) and Laughenberg, 1st@ (9:53.5) U-High, broke from the pack with both running PRs. Beckmier’s time is the state’s 1A #9 effort. Adcock runs a huge 15 second PR going 10:23.6 to place 7th.
The 800 field was stacked with sub 2 minute runners including defending 1A State Champion Eli Mojonnier from BHRA. Jace Green(2:05.7/4th)and Jacob Duzan (2:07/7th) finished in a pack of 5 runners behind 1:56 & 1:57 efforts of a Mt Zion athlete and Mojonnier. A hotly contested 1600 finished the Knight’s scoring with Green(4:38.53/3rd)and Beckmier (4:38.55/4th) in a photo finish including Mabry of SJO (4:38.57/5th). Competing in the F/S 1600, Caden Binder drops a big PR placing 10th in 5:20 with Jesus Corona also running a 5:31PR.
Other results include:
Shot Put – Austin Abercrombie/41’8”/11th and Jacob Tighe/37’3”PR/24th.
Discus – Abercrombie /129’1”/9th.
LJ – Alex Rexroad /15’10”/29th & TJ of 30’5.5”/28th.
100 F/S – Garrett Casteel/13.41PR/32nd & Rexroad/13.71PR/34th.
200 – Gavin Mechling /26.79/30th.
200 F/S – Casteel /28.44/39th & Ryan Appleby 31.91PR/42nd.
400 F/S – Rexroad /67:05PR/34th.
110H – Appleby /20.93PR/26th & 300H @ 57.41PR/32nd.
4×100 Relay- Casteel/Korando/Pratt/Wardrip /47.71/15th.
4×200 Relay- Casteel/Mechling/Pratt/Wardrip /1:44.49/16th.
4×400 Relay- Korando/Lyle Adcock/Green/Jacob Adcock /4:01/16th.
Next up are the Lincoln Prairie Conference Championships for both men and women on Friday, May 6 hosted by Cerro Gordo HS at 2pm.