Knights’ junior Tanner Beckmier lets the discus go in the meet at Monticello last Thursday. Tanner’s best throw of the competition was 31.23 meters or about 102’, good for seventeenth out of forty-five throwers.
The ALAH Men’s T&F squad traveled to Monticello April 14th for the annual Sages Invitational. Included amongst the 17 team participants were 2A schools Rantoul, Clinton, Olympia, Unity, Monticello as well as state 1A powers Salt Fork, SJO, and Shelbyville. The Knight finishing an impressive 4th in team standings behind SJO, Monticello, and Salt Fork. This despite only running 1 relay event.
The Knight’s distance crew got things started on the track in a most positive manner. Jake and Lyle Adcock along with Logan Beckmier stepped to the 3200 meter start line to face 15 other athletes as well as 30+ mph winds. Beckmier dominated the race winning in 10:17.9 while lapping all but 4 runners and providing the lone winning effort by our locals. Lyle Adcock runs a season best of 10:38.73 finishing a strong 2nd. Jake Adcock runs to 4th in 10:39.24 behind a PR effort from a Monticello runner.
Max Allen continued his strong season while finishing 2nd in the 100 (11.65) and the 200 (23.00). Both races were won by Monticello’s Illinois Wesleyan bound speedster Jake Tackett. Max also ran lead-off for the 8th place 4 x 100 relay that included Mason Allen, Keaton Korando, and Landon Waldrop.
The feature event of the evening was the 1600 meter run. Though a chilly 46° for the 9:00pm start, the wind had died down immensely relative to earlier during the meet. Led by Missouri signee Ryder James of PBL, the Knight’s own D1 bound senior, Jace Green was in a chase pack of excellent milers. James blazes an opening lap of 64 seconds in route to a new meet record and outdoor PR of 4:19.77. Green runs down athletes from SJO and Rantoul in the last 200 meters to go 2nd with an excellent PR of 4:36.97. Ten runners go under 4:50 in what was one of the elite downstate 1600 races this season. Jacob Duzan runs a steady 2:12.35 to finish 4th in the 800.
Landon Waldrop led the ALAH field event efforts going 2nd and 4th in the horizontal jumps (TJ- 38’6.75”/LJ – 18’9”). Austin Abercrombie scores the only other field event points with a 7th place Discus throw (124’9”) and 8th in Shot Put (41’2.5”)
Other non scoring results included: Gavin Mechling/100/13.33; Garrett Casteel/200/28.0; Trey Wardrip/400/63.26; Jesus Corona/800/2:35.58; Ryan Appleby/110HH/21.85;Jacob Tighe/SP/33’11.5”; Tanner Beckmier/Discus/102’5”; Alex Rexroad/LJ/13’10.5”; Garrett Casteel/LJ/13’8.5”.Appleby/110HH/21.85;Jacob Tighe/SP/33’11.5”; Tanner Beckmier/Discus/102’5”; Alex Rexroad/LJ/13’10.5”; Garrett Casteel/LJ/13’8.5”.