Shelbyville's young boys track team finished in the top third-ish of the 40 teams at the Charleston Indoor Meet on Saturday at EIU. They also recorded several personal bests and are hopeful of qualifying some athletes for the Top Times Meet.
Meanwhile, Neoga placed 4th (26 points) as a team led by double-winner Corey Kersey. Okaw Valley Conference rival Tolono placed 2nd (36), Tuscola was 8th (23), Teutopolis 10th (21), Argenta 12th (15), and Shelbyville 15th (14), while Central A&M was 23rd (12). Kersey won both the triple jump (43-5) and the long jump (20-5) and was 3rd in the high jump (6-4).
"I thought we competed very well at the Charleston Invitational," said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. "We ended up 15th out of about 40 schools entered. Although we didn't place in a lot of events, we were close and ran several personal bests."
Sophomore Jordan Smith placed 4th in the high jump. Drennian Martin finished 4th in the 800 run. The 4x800 relay placed fifth. The 4x400 relay, with three underclassmen, placed 9th. Spencer Shadwell just missed the 55 meter dash final, but finished 9th. Luke McConnell just missed the 55m hurdle (Top 8) final by .06 seconds. Sophomore Sebastian Smith placed 10th in the pole vault. Marcus Skinner placed 10th in the 1600 run.
"We are hopeful to have a lot of kids qualify for the top times meet next Friday in Bloomington," Coach Kramer said. "It is the unofficial state indoor meet. We are very close in a lot of events. It just depends which schools will enter the meet as to how many we can get in. I think our 4x8 is in, along with Drennian in the 800 and 400. Marcus in the 1600, Jaden and Tyler in 3200, and Jordan in the high jump are probably locks. We are very close in several other events, including the other two relays, Spencer, and Luke in the 55 dash and 55 high hurdles, respectively. Devin Peterson in the long jump is close. We will have a definite list by Tuesday night. Either way with our young team this year we have had a great indoor season. We will get better as the season goes on."