The Shelbyville Ram boys track team competed at SIU Indoor Invitational Saturday and they logged some Top Ten performances, to this point, and also put their potential on display.
"The meet is mainly Class 2A and 3A schools from Illinois and Kentucky," said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. "However, it did give the 1A Rams a chance to see one of their biggest rivals in 2A Monticello, who were also at the invite. We were one of the smallest schools at the meet, but I love the competition," said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. "Competition breeds success".
"That is one of the reasons that I am sorry to see us leave the Okaw Valley Conference." Monticello had a great team at the meet Saturday and we have often been beaten by the Sages. However, we also have our fair share of victories against them.
"One thing is for certain, the competition between us and Monticello at the conference meet has made us both better through the years. Unfortunately, that will come to an end after this year. I can really think of only one or two sports at Shelbyville that our conference move benefits. But, we will adjust. That's what winning teams do."
Shelbyville got a good workout in the early season event, despite having a difficult time trying to prepare for the start of the season.
"For what little time we have had in practice with the weather this winter, I thought we did a great job," said Coach Kramer. "Several of the guys are no where near in shape yet. So, the potential is there to have a pretty good team. It us up to them to work hard and achieve it."
Big Mikel Welton got the Rams off to a fast start in the SIU meet in the Shot Put, as he had a heave of 44'11.5 to place 8th out of 72 throwers. Mikel's throw puts him #12 on the state indoor top times list. Bart Kennell threw a personal best of 42'7" to capture 17th place.