By SALLY McCARTHY
Alexa Miller and Layton Hall each won two events at the first co-ed meet of the 2021 season at Shelbyville in a quadrangular meet with the host school and Effingham St. Anthony and Tolono Unity. Alexa won the shortest events, the 100 meters, 13.6 and 200, 28.03 while Layton took firsts in the two longest races of the day, the 1600 meters, 4:35.55 and the 3200, 9:38.25 both of which are outdoor personal records.
The girls had already had a meet under their belt having competed at Newton last Monday, but for the boys this was their first taste of competition on the track and in the field.
The Knights girls’ team finished in fourth place with 29 points, behind Unity, 88; Effingham St. Anthony, 56.5 and Shelbyville, 47.5. Besides Alexa’s two firsts, Emma Edwards won the 400 meters in a time of 1:09.33, a personal record, in a very close finish. Brooke Clark was second in the discus with a throw of 100’ 4”. Fifth place points were earned by Miah Malin in the 100 (15.65) and long jump (12’ 7”); and Sarah Rafferty in the 800 (2:45.07 PR). Other ALAH athletes competing were: Kaitlyn Zander, 100 (16.05) and shot put (21’ 2”); Sarah Rogers, shot put (24’ 7”) and discus (53’ 4”); Emma Jones, 100 (18.59); and Miah Malin, 200 (34.02).
The boys’ team finished in third place with 43 points behind St. Anthony, 100 and Shelbyville, 66 and ahead of Unity, 37. Many of the times and distances in the meet were personal records for the athletes and they are noted by a PR after their time. The fact that there were so many is a testament to the dedication and training of the athletes since it has been two years since they have been on the track for competition.
In addition to Layton’s two first place finishes, Landon Wardrop took second in both the long jump (19’ 2” PR) and 200 meters (26.02 PR). Logan Beckmier placed second in the 3200 (10:09.68 PR) and third in the 400 (58.69PR). Reggie Edmonds was second in the 400 (56.86 PR). In the 200, Zach Massey was fourth (26.84) and Jayden Chupp fifth (28.55). Earning fifth place finishes were Lyle Adcock in the 1600 (5:18.10 PR) and 3200 (11:10.56 PR) and Jace Green in the 800 (2:19.11).
ALAH had two relays that scored points in the meet, the 4 X 400 meter of Beckmier, Reggie Edmonds, Green and Hall finished third with a time of 3:58.67 and the 4 X 800 relay of Reggie Edmonds, Lyle Adcock, Jacob Duzan and Green was second in a time of 9:08.59.
Other Knights competing in the boys’ division were Jacob Adcock, 1600 (5:20.73 PR) and 3200 (11:13.25 PR); Nathan Cogdill, 100 (15.39) and 200 (29.96); Jacob Vitale, 200 (28.82) and 400 (1:02.39); Jayden Chupp, 100 (13.37); Zach Massey, 100 (13.54); Jacob Duzan, 800 (2:19.5 PR); Jesus Corona, 800 (2:37.01 PR) and Connor Edmonds, 1600 (5:38.01 PR).
The track teams were to return to action on Wednesday, April 28 at Warrensburg Latham and then will have a home meet on May 4 against LSA, Okaw Valley and Cumberland.