A pair of Jason titles and a pair of titles for Kersey highlighted the Shelby Area medal count at the IHSA Class A State Track Meet on Saturday.
Jason Fry of Stew-Stras in the shot put (56-8.25) and Jason Pokalsey of Central A&M in the 400 dash (49.07) had one state championship each, while Corey Kersey of Neoga swept the long (22-6.5) and triple jump (47-2.25) state championships.
But those weren’t the only medals earned by Shelby Area competitors. Fry also earned a 3rd place medal in the discus (164-10). Pokalsey also gained a 7th place medal in the 200 dash (22.79).
Shelbyville distance also drew iron in one event and came up just short in another. The Ram 4x800 distance relay posted the 4th best time in the final (8.03.76) and the second fastest time in school history to earn a medal. Three of the four runners ran personal bests.
“I am very proud of the guys,” said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. “After losing three of our top four from last years 3rd place team, we actually came back and ran faster than last year. It was just a tough year in those top places.”
“Kenton Wilson led off with a personal best split of 2:01.7. Kenton ran a perfect tactical race. He paced himself right around a 58.5 for the first lap and brought us up from about 11th position to 4th the last 200 meters.
“We had a little bit of a mess up on the first exchange, but those things happen to everyone and we recovered. Tyler Pasley (freshman) probably left a little too soon and we had to stop the baton, which you never want to do in a relay. But, Tyler showed great heart and got us from 6th position back up to 5th. Tyler didn’t run his best split of the yea,r but the handoff had something to do with that. Tyler ran a 2:03.5 for his leg. Tyler was the only freshman in the race, so I am proud of what he accomplished. This will be a great learning experience for him.