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Knights’ Boys Track Win First Lincoln Prairie Conference Meet; Girls Finish in Seventh

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights boys track team captured the first ever Lincoln Prairie Conference track and field meet championship. The Knights scored in 16 of the 17 events contested at the meet. Since it was the first conference meet all first place finishers also established meet records in each event. The boys now hold 5 individual records and all four relay records. Pictured here with the trophy are: front row, left to right: Coach Matt Thomas, Coach Lyle Dorjahn, Jacob Adcock, Lyle Adcock, Mason Allen, Austin Plank, Max Allen, Brady Borntreger, Layton Hall, Jesus Corona, Jacob Vitale, Landon Waldrop. Back row: Aaron Likens, Keegan Ashenfelter, Reggie Edmonds, Jace Green, Drew Cotton, Austin Abercrombie, Finn Davison, Kaden Feagin, Jacob Duzan, Jack Martin, Logan Beckmier, and Zach Massey.

By SALLY McCARTHY
Sports Writer

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond track and field teams traveled to Bethany for the first Lincoln Prairie Conference meet hosted by Okaw Valley High School on May 27. The meet began in sunny weather but would see storm clouds roll in around 1:45 p.m. that would send everyone to the gym with four events remaining. After about a one and a half hour delay the meet resumed with cooler temperatures for the meet’s conclusion.

The boys team would score in 16 of the 17 events contested in the meet taking firsts in all four relays and first in five individual events. They finished in first place with 179 points ahead of second place Arcola with 100, third was Villa Grove with 72, fourth, Sangamon Valley 41, fifth, Toledo Cumberland 31, sixth Cerro Gordo/Bement 30, seventh Argenta Oreana 28, eighth Okaw Valley and Farmer City Blue Ridge 17 and tenth Hume Shiloh 8.

Since this was the first Lincoln Prairie Conference track and field meet, all first place finishers also established new meet records. At the conclusion of the meet, the Knights would hold five individual event records and all four relay records. Those setting records by taking first place were: Senior, Finnian Davison, 100 meters, (11.48 PR); Junior, Max Allen, 200m, (23.47); Junior, Jace Green, 1600m, (4:39.55 PR); Junior, Austin Abercrombie, discus, (38.84m); and Freshman, Landon Waldrop would have 2, the triple jump, (11.61 PR) the and long jump, (6.06m PR) in which he tied for first place but was awarded second as the Cumberland jumper had a better second best effort than Landon. As you can see, all but Finnian will have a chance to better their records in next year’s meet. For the first place relays, Brady Borntreger, Mason Allen, Max Allen and Finn Davison ran both the 400m relay, (45.73) and the 800m relay, (1:37.5). Aaron Likens, Reggie Edmonds, Jacob Duzan, and Max Allen were first in the 1600m relay in 3:46.78 and Jacob Duzan, Austin Plank, Reggie Edmonds, and Jace Green won the 3200m relay with a time of 9:06.27.

Scoring second place points for the Knights were: Finn Davison, 200m, (24.26); Reggie Edmonds, 400m, (53.57); Jacob Duzan, 800m, (2:13.08); Logan Beckmier, 1600m, (4:41.3 PR); and Lyle Adcock, 3200m, (10:38.10 PR). Third place finishers were: Brady Borntreger, 100m, (12.05 PR); Austin Plank, 800m, (2:15.36 PR); and Jacob Adcock, 3200m, (10:41.82 PR). Aaron Likens took fourth place in three events, the 300m low hurdles, (45.34 PR), the long jump, (5.81m PR) and the triple jump, (10.88m PR). Jack Martin earned two fourth place finishes also, in the shot put, (12.19m PR) and the discus, (36.12m).

Rounding out the scoring for the Knights boys squad were Jacob Vitale, fifth in the 300m hurdles, (49.84 PR) and Drew Cotton, sixth in the high jump, (1.52m PR). Keegan Ashenfelter threw the shot put 9.07m for a new PR in the meet also.

The boys were to have a meet at Salt Fork on Tuesday, June 1. Their last scheduled meet will be the I.H.S.A. Class 1A Sectional that will be at Tuscola on Friday, June 11. First and second place finishers and those meeting qualifying standards at that meet will advance to the I.H.S.A. State Track and Field Championships to be held at Eastern Illinois University on June 17 for Class 1A.

The ALAH girls’ team finished in seventh in the team standings with 51 points at the conference meet just one point behind sixth place Argenta-Oreana (52) and 1.75 points from fifth place Arcola with 52.75. The home team, Okaw Valley won the meet with 103, second place was Cerro Gordo/Bement with 99.5, third Farmer City Blue Ridge (68), and fourth Villa Grove (61). Hume Shiloh was eighth, (21), Cumberland was ninth (18), Decatur Lutheran finished tenth (9) and Sangamon Valley was eleventh with 8.75.

Alexa Miller continued her winning ways bringing home three first place finishes and thereby establishing three new conference records, in the 100 meters, (13.33), 200m, (28.65) and the triple jump, (9.96m). Others scoring for the girls’ squad were: Sarah Rafferty, 3rd, 800m, (2:44.01), fourth place finishes by Emma Edwards, 400m, (1:07.41 PR); Makayla Harshbarger, shot put, (9.21m PR); and the 400m relay team of Kaitlyn Zander, Miah Malin, Sarah Rafferty, and Alexa Miller with a time of 56.09. Rounding out the scoring for the red, black and gold were Brooke Clarke with a fifth in the discus, (29.42m) and Miah Malin’s sixth place in the triple jump, (7.79m PR).

Other ALAH girls’ results:

100M: Miah Malin 15.33

200M: Emma Edwards 31.02

100M Hurdles: Emma Jones 21.94 PR

Shot Put: Sarah Rogers 7.69m

Discus: Makayla Harshbarger 25.97m

The girls’ next meet will be June 4 at the I.H.S.A. Class 1A Sectional that will also be at Tuscola. Just like the boys the first and second place finishers and those meeting qualifying standards will advance to the State Meet which for the girls will be on June 10.

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