Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — 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."
Smith jumped a personal best in the high jump of 6'2" to place 4th out of 23 jumpers.
"Jordan is only in his second meet in high school, so he really has a lot of potential," Kramer said. "Tyler Pierce our high jump coach has been doing a great job with him and Jordan has been working hard to become better. He actually had a great attempt at 6'4". He just clipped it with his heels. That should qualify him for Illinois Top Times Meet with that performance."
Martin ran a season best of 2:02.44 in the 800.
"Drennian really looked good," Kramer said. "He is not in top shape yet, but is progressing. He had a little bit of an accident, but has recovered and is working hard. Drennian ran 2:08 at this meet last year, so he really has stepped it up."
The Ram 4x800 relay (Sophomore Preston Henze, freshman Tyler Pasley, freshman Hunter Plummer, and freshman Jordan Sieger) ran a great time of 8:46.67 to place 5th.
"Our guys ran great," Kramer said. "This was a tough field and that time is very good for as young a squad as we put out there. Splits were Henze in 2:10, Pasley in 2:10, Plummer in 2:11 and Sieger in 2:14. All the guys ran either personal bests or were very close to personal bests. Hunter was in his first 800 ever and really ran a great leg."
The 4x400 relay (Freshman Keaton Plummer, Jordan Smith, Preston Henze, Drennian Martin) placed 9th in a 28-team field with a time of 3:44.61, just off their season best.
"Freshman Keaton Plummer led off in a blazing 25.5 first lap to give the rams the lead and ended up running a 57 second split," Kramer said. "Keaton has a ton of talent. This was his first time on varsity and he was a little nervous. Plus, we had Cody Boarman watching us. The guys were pumped up and probably ran out a little too fast. Second leg Jordan Smith ran a 56 split. Jordan ran a strong leg. He still needs to finish a little better but the potential is there to run a fast leg. Preston Henze also ran a 56 split to hold position throughout the race. Drennian Martin anchored the relay in a 53.7."
Shadwell sprinted his way to 2nd place in his heat (6.91) of the 55 meter dash.
"Spencer ran a great time," Kramer said. "Spencer's time was same time as the last person who made finals. But, he just missed by a 1000th of a second to determine the final spot. Regardless, it was a great race for him. And his time held up for 9th place, overall, out of 63 sprinters.
Luke McConnell won his heat of the hurdles in a time of 8.55.
"Luke just missed the finals by 6 one-hundredths of a second," Coach Kramer said. "Luke has a great chance to be a very good hurdler, but we have got to get him more time in practice."
Sophomore Sebastian Smith was 10th out of 17 vaulters.
"Sebastian had a season best of 10 feet," Kramer said. "Sebastian is still making a few fundamental errors. Once he corrects those, he has a great chance to get up around 12' to 13 feet. With continued hard work, I think he will get it done."
Marcus Skinner ran 4:38.67 in the 1600 meters to place 10th.
"It was a great time against the toughest field in the meet," Kramer said. "A lot of great runners, who you will see on the awards stand at state in May, were there.We are really working on Marcus' foot speed. He really is more of a 3200 runner, but there is no reason he cannot run fast at the shorter distances."
Junior Kenton Wilson ran a personal best of 2:06.35 in the 800. He placed 11th out of 72 runners.
"Kenton looked good," Kramer said. "He was in the fast heat and stepped up to the challenge. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting there."
In the 200 meter dash, Tyler Hendryx ran a season best of 24.66 to finish 12th out of 37 sprinters.
"Tyler looked great compared to two weeks ago," Kramer said. "I thought he looked a lot faster in both of his races. I suspect he will really come on in the coming weeks. He has worked hard the last two weeks with our sprint coach Chris Mosely and it showed."
Jaden Stockdale was 15th in the 1600.
"Jaden ran a personal best of 4:48.46," Kramer said. "Jaden probably should have run a little faster at the beginning, but we are not going to complain about a personal best. Jaden has had a great season so far and with hard work he has a chance to do some special things in May."
The Ram 4x200 relay (Devin Peterson, Tyler Hendryx, Brett Peifer, and Spencer Shadwell) ran a season best of 1:40.32 to place 12th out of 33 teams.
"Devin tripped at the start or else we probably would have run a second or two better," Coach Kramer said. "The starter should have called them back to the line, but he didn't. I thought they all ran better than two weeks ago."
Mikel Welton and Bart Kennell finished 11th and 13th in the sdhot put.
"Both had sub par days in the shot put," Coach Kramer said. "Bart threw 42 feet for 11th and Mikel 41-6.5 for 13th. We are going to have to figure out what the problem was and get it corrected. But with our throws coach Jason Palmer, who is putting in a lot of work with these kids, will get it done. I am confident in that."
Brett Peifer placed 19th in the long jump out of 34 leapers with a jump of 18'.
"All of the jumpers were about a foot less than normal," Kramer said. "I don't know if it was the runways or what. But it was not a good day to jump for everyone."
Devin Peterson was right behind Shadwell in the 55 meter dash. He ran in 7.06 seconds to finish 21st overall.
"Devin tripped again at start," Kramer said. "It is a shame, because he really ran well. He might have been under seven seconds, if not for the start."
Sophomore Cole Banning finished 32nd in the 55 meter hurdles out of fifty hurdlers with a time of 9.55.
"Cole 3-stepped the whole flight and looked good," Kramer said. "He still needs a lot of work on his trail leg, but is getting there."
EIU Indoor, Saturday
Shelby Area Results
4x2 relay: 4. Arcola 1:38.88, 6. Newton 1:39.17, 9. Teutopolis 1:40.17, 12. Shelbyville 1:40.32, 15. Neoga 1:42.22, 20. Tolono 1:42.97
4x8 relay: 3. Tolono 8:36.43, 5. Shelbyville 8:46.67, 7. Tuscola 8:54.51, 20. Neoga 10:09.11, 26. CAM 11:40.22
200 dash: 4. Pokalsey (CAM) 23.92; Prelims: 3. Pokalsey (CAM) 23.86, 12. Hendryx (SH) 24.66, 32. Kaleb Shumard (SOV)
55m hurdles: Prelims: 9. McConnell (SH) 8.55, 10. Zack Ballinger (CAM) 8.57, 20. Jordan Probst (NEO) 9.07, 32. Banning (SH) 9.55, 41. Dalace Ray (SOV) 10.34
55m dash: 1. Jayden Kaiser (TOL) 6.73, 8. Clayton Strader (ARC); Prelims: 10. Shadwell (SH) 6.91, 13. David Abernathy (NEO) 6.96, 20. Ballinger (CAM) 7.06, 21. Peterson (SH) 7.06, 32. Caleb Abernathy (NEO) 7.21, 40. Austin Black (CAM) 7.28, 46. Alex Ryherd (SOV) 7.49, 57. Zach Devore (SOV) 7.77
800 run: 4. Martin (SH) 2:02.44, 11. Wilson (SH) 2:06.35, 31, Ethan Lehman (SOV) 2:21.19, 37. Trevor Lane (NEO) 2:24.89, 40. Ryan Kastl (NEO) 2:26.27, 46. Cody Shawn (SOV) 2:28.94, 64. Brandon Coutlas (CAM) 2:41.44, 68. Triston Morse (CAM) 2:48.51
400 dash: 6. Pokalsey (CAM) 53.87, 28. Devore (SOV) 59.5, 29. Anthony Miah (NEO) 59.79
1600 run: 5. Andrew Warnes (TOL) 4:36.15, 8. Eric Ponder (TUSC) 4:38.42, 10. Skinner (SH) 4:38.67, 15. Stockdale (SH) 4:48.56, 32. JT Bland (SOV) 5:15.38, 44. Jared Cole (NEO) 5:29.64, 46. Ethan Walk (NEO) 5:33.85
4x4 relay: 3. Tolono 3:41.42, 7. Arcola 3:43.85, 9. Shelbyville 3:44.61
Long jump: 1. Kersey (NEO) 20-9, 4. Justin Hunt (TT) 20-0, 5. Ballinger (CAM) 19-10.25, 8. Kaiser (TOL) 19-6.5, 19. Peifer (SH) 18-0.25, 32. Cody Carlson (SOV) 14-8.75
High jump: 3. Kersey (NEO) 6-4, 4. Smith (SH) 6-2
Pole vault: 3. David Wenzel (TOL) 13-6, 10. S. Smith (SH) 10-0, 11. Black (CAM) 9-6
Shot put: 1. Stephen Gibson (TUSC) 51-5, 3. Clayton Turner (TUSC) 46-10.75, 10. Troy Schlieker (SOV) 42-7.5, 11. Kennell (SH) 42-0, 13. Welton (SH) 41-6, 15. Trent Chepan (CAM) 41-4.5, 21. Nicholas Brandenburg (NEO) 39-2.75, 41. Ben Stedman (CAM) 36-1
Triple jump: 1. Kersey (NEO) 43-5, 18. E. Lehman (SOV) 34-11.25