Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School distance runner, senior Layton Hall shown here running the 1600 meters at Mt. Zion on May 5 and setting a new personal record in the event of 4:32.83 ventured north Saturday May 8th to Palatine IL to run in Distance Night in Palatine. This event features the elite Midwest high school distance runners of all classes competing in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs. Hall ran a personal record, his second of the week, of 9:35.09 in the 3200 to finish 39th out of 62 runners. His time places him amongst the top Class A Illinois runners.
By SALLY McCARTHY
On Wednesday, May 5, the Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond track and field teams competed in a meet with the host school, Mt. Zion and Mahomet Seymour. Both the boys and girls finished in third place in the team standings but had many good performances. For some of the boys who had been playing football this was the first meet competition for them and a few athletes were missing because of the school play dress rehearsal.
Alexa Miller continued her winning ways taking first place in both the 100m (13.53) and 200 (28.2) and also took second in the long jump (4.88m/16’). Other winners for the girls were Sarah Rafferty, 800m (2:51.43), and Brooke Clark, discus (31.45m/103’ 2”). Earning first place finishes for the boys were Jacob Duzan, 800m (2:14.56); Layton Hall, 1600m (4:32.83); and Kaden Feagin, long jump (6.23m/20’ 5”). Kaden also took second in the 100 meters (11.68)
Other Knights scoring points in the meet were: Finn Davison, 4th, 100m (11.95); Emma Edwards, 2nd, 400m (1:07.9), 200m (31.07); Reggie Edmonds, 4th, 400m (55.75); Jace Green, 2nd, 800m (2:16.44); Logan Beckmier, 3rd 800m (2:17.57) and 3rd 3200m ( 10:11.25); Landon Waldrop, 2nd, 110m hurdles (18.25), 2nd long jump (5.82m/19’ 1”) and 3rd triple jump (10.91m/35’ 9”); Jacob Vitale, 2nd 300m hurdles (53.98), 100m (13.20); Nathan Cogdill, 3rd 300m hurdles (57.45); Jack Martin, 3rd shot put (11.80/38’ 8”), discus (36.63/120’ 2”); Austin Abercrombie, 2nd discus (39.13m/128’ 4”); Makayla Harshbarger, 3rd shot put (8.75/28’ 8.5”). The boys 1600m relay of Mason Allen, Reggie Edmonds, Jace Green and Brady Borntreger placed second in a time of 3:52.91. Placing second also was the 3200m relay of R. Edmonds, Austin Plank, Jacob Duzan and Green in a time of 9:07.51.
Others taking part in the meet were Kaitlyn Zander, shot put (7.25/23’ 9”); Brady Borntreger, 100m (12.08); Aaron Likens, 100m (12.70); Jayden Chupp, 100m (13.0); Drew Cotton, 100m (13.20), 400m ( 1:03.91); and Austin Plank, 400m (58.12).
The I.H.S.A has implemented measuring in the metric system for all field events this season.
The Knights were supposed to have a meet on Tuesday, May 4 before this meet but it got rained out and rescheduled to Thursday, May 6 but again it would be rained out. They are scheduled for a meet on May 11 at Cumberland and then the annual Tri-County meet held in Sullivan on May 14. Hopefully they can get some good weather and get in some more competition.