SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Athletes from all over the state of Illinois showed up to Eastern Illinois University for the IHSA Class A Boys State Track Meet preliminaries on Thursday. The Shelby Area sent a cadre of athletes on to Saturday's state finals. They qualified 11 different athletes in 9 events as 12 different entries in the finals.
Shelbyville's 4x8 relay (Myles Foor, Drennian Martin, Neil Yockey, and Corey Powers), Eli Miller in the 100 dash and Luke Hatfield in the pole vault advanced to finals.
Central A&M's Jason Pokalsey adavnced in the 200 and 400 dashes. Neoga's Corey Kersey advanced in the triple jump and long jump, while teammate Derek Williamson advanced in the 200 and 400.
Stew-Stras' Jason Fry advanced to finals in both the shot put and the discus, while Jacob Pfeiffer of Windsor advanced in the triple jump.
Shelbyville led all Shelby area schools with 14 total athletes. Senior Eli Miller finished in second place in the 100-meter dash (11.11) in the second heat, and he also finished in third place in the first flight of the 200-meter dash (22.64).
Shelbyville won the 4x800-meter relay in the second flight with Foor, Martin, senior Neil Yockey, and Powers with a time of 8:14.51, a PR by 30 seconds. It placed them 3rd headed into finals.
Senior Luke Hatfield finished the day tied for first place in his flight of the pole vault (13-00.00) with Josh Schien from Aurora and Carter Pillen from Kewanee. The rest of the flight didn't adavnce to finals.
For A&M, junior Jason Pokalsey won the second flight of the 400-meter dash (50.13). He finished second in the fourth flight of the 200-meter dash (22.54). Pokalsey qualified in both events for finals.
For Neoga, sophomore Corey Kersey got first in the triple jump (45-03.00) in the third flight, advancing to finals. Kersey also placed 9th in the long jump (20-8), advancing to finals.