Shelbyville Daily Union

May 14, 2013

Shelby 2nd At Shelby Open

John Curtis Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelbyville boys track scored their second 2nd place finish at a big meet in a week. After the Rams were runner-ups at the OVC Meet by just four points on Monday, they repeated as runner-ups at the Shelby Open by just 6.66 points.

Newton won the Shelby Open with 70 points, followed by Shelbyville with 63.33 points. Neoga challenged finished 3rd (54, then Unity in 4th (44) and Arcola in the 5th (43), followed by Mt. Zion (41).

Central A&M was 7th (31), Stew-Stras 8th (30), Altamont 9th (26), and Pana in 10th (25.33). SOV was 15th (18) and CHBC 17th (7).

"I thought are kids did a great job considering we did not have baseball players for most of the meet due to a conflict with baseball game," said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. "Disappointed we couldn't get the win, but the guys fought hard. The meet came down to 4 x 4 where we had a slight lead of 3 points. Newton won the race to overtake the Rams. Rams finished 7th in 4 x 4. We really scraped together a team to try and win the meet."

"Drennian Martin was really only one fresh for race and he got us out in the lead with a nice 53.2 split. Preston Henze ran second in place of Myles Foor, who is nursing a minor injury. Preston showed a lot of heart. He had already ran a strong 4 x 8 split and had fallen in open 400 and skinned himself up pretty good. Preston gave it everything he had, but he was obviously hurting from previous races and falling down in the 400. Kenton Wilson ran third leg for the Rams instead of Tyler Hendryx, who was playing baseball. Kenton had run two previous 800's and was sick, but he didn't flinch when I told him he was running. He did a fine job. Cory Powers ran anchor for the Rams and gave it everything he could. But, he had just run a personal best in the 1600 and was hurting. He ran real well and hopefully this will give him confidence to do it again at sectionals. I was really happy with their effort. They knew we needed to finish 2nd to Newton and did their best."

Eli Miller did not run finals due to a conflict with baseball. He ran a hand time of 22.1 and FAT time of 22.36 in 200 preliminaries for a new meet and school record. Luke McConnell ran a personal best in high hurdles.

"I would have loved to see Eli run the finals of 100 and 200 and Luke in finals of 110 high hurdles," Coach Kramer said. "I am sure those two alone would have gotten us enough points to outdistance Newton. But, they had a non-conference game against T-town so were not able to compete."

Jake Keown could not compete in the triple jump.

"Like I said earlier, Tyler Hendryx could not compete in relays," Coach Kramer said. "I am going to have to rethink the dual participation agreement. I really think that we should have all of our team here for our own invitational. It is our one big home meet."

Miller had a personal best jump, taking second in long jump. Darin Breeden won his second big meet at high jump. Luke Hatfield tied his personal best of 13-6 to finish second in pole vault.

Marcus Skinner a personal best of 9:59 in 3200. Cory Powers had a PR in the 1600. Jaden Stockdale also got a PR in the 1600 (4:49.1).

"I want to make a special mention about Seth Applegate," Kramer said. "He has had an injury the last couple of weeks and it has slowed him down. We decided it was best to shut him down, as to not hurt the leg any further. It is too bad Seth got hurt. He really had a couple of outstanding practices and I felt he was ready to make a big drop in his times. We will let him rest a little and then he will start running for college. He will still be around and help the team any way he can. He has had a great career and it has been a pleasure and honor to coach him. He has been a great leader and will be hard to replace his example of leadership and dedication."

The Rams will send a contingent up to Millikin University on Tuesday for the Decatur Area Best meet before hosting the sectional meet on Friday.

"Hopefully we can put it together for the sectional meet and finish the season with a big win," Kramer said.

Team scores: 1. Newton 70, 2. Shelbyville 63.33, 3. Neoga 54, 4. Unity (44), 5. Arcola 43, 6. Mt. Zion 41, 7. Central A&M 31, 8. Stew-Stras 30, 9. Altamont 26, 10. Pana 25.33, 11. Teutopolis 24.83, 12. Villa Grove 20, 13. Casey 19.33, 14. Cumberland 18.5, 15. SOV 18, 16. PORTA 8, 17. CHBC 7, 18. St. Teresa 5, T19. Marshall 4, T19. St. Anthony 4, 21. Sangamon Valley 2

Shelby, CAM, SOV, CHBC, Stew-Stras, Neoga results

100 dash: 1. Williamson (NEO) 10.87, Pokalsey (CAM) 11.06, 6. Moeller (P) 11.23, Prelim-Miller (SH) 11.5, 11. A. Doty (CHBC) 11.83, 13. Niehart (P) 11.93, 14. Vail (SOV) 11.98, 15. Barnes (CHBC) 12.02, 16. Abernathy (NEO) 12.04, 18. Blythe (SS) 12.07, 28. Ballinger (SS) 13.12

200 dash: 1. Williamson (NEO) 22.42, 2. Pokalsey (CAM) 22.95, 3. Moeller (P) 23.45, 6. Blythe (SS) 24.95; Prelim-*Miller (SH) 22.36, 19. Ballinger (SS) 25.86

400 dash: 1. Pokalsey (CAM) 50.69, 6. Barnes (CHBC) 55.19, 9. Bumgardner (P) 56.07, 11. Miner (SH) 58.0, 18. Blythe (SS) 1:01.11, 27. Henze (SH) 1:09.47

800 run: 2. Martin (SH) 2:02.70, 4. Lehman (SOV) 2:07.38, 7. Tre. Walk (NEO) 2:12.51, 10. Shields (SOV) 2:13.55, 15. Tabbert (SS) 2:16.33, 20. Wilson (SH) 2:19.50, 21. Arnold (CAM) 2:19.51, 25. Tra. Walk (NEO) 2:26.02, 26. Dowd (CAM) 2:26.53, 29. Lagerhausen (CHBC) 2:34.17, 30. Mcgrath (P) 2:37.59

1600 run: 2. Powers (SH) 4:28.72, 6. Matlock (SH) 4:40.75, 11. Dilley (P) 4:54.03, 14. Tre. Walk (NEO) 5:05.18, 18. Tra. Walk (NEO) 5:15.80, 23. Elliott (CAM) 5:27.84, 24. Kemme (CHBC) 5:29.01, 26. Clark (P) 5:31.44, 28. Woods (CAM) 5:38.02

3200 run: 2. Skinner (SH) 9:59.45, 9. Evans (NEO) 10:57.12, 11. Applegate (SH) 11:10.39, 12. Woods (CAM) 11:25.61, 16. Elliott (CAM) 11:39.0, 19. E. Walk (NEO) 12:00.84, 27. Ewida (SS) 13:48.0

110 hurdles: 4. Kibler (SOV) 16.89, 5. Becker (SS) 17.12, 6. Ballinger (CAM) 17.47, 7. Hudlin (P) 17.66; Prelim-McConnell 16.82, 16. Mitchell (SOV) 18.86, 19. Black (CAM) 19.81

300 hurdles: 1. Becker (SS) 40.84, 7. Kibler (SOV) 44.57, 9. Simms (CAM) 45.35, 16. Ballinger (CAM) 47.92, 17. Hudlin (P) 48.17, 18. Arnold (CHBC) 48.82

4x1 relay: 3. NEO (Kersey, Abernathy, Abernathy, Williamson) 44.75, 10. CAM (Simms, Ballinger, Black, Pokalsey) 47.58, 13. Shelby (Durbin, Peterson, Dodson, Jackson) 48.67

4x2 relay: 2. NEO (Kersey, Abrenathy, Abernathy, Hernandez) 1:33.80, 10. Pana (Collins, Jones, Beeson, Mcgrath) 1:43.61, 11. Stew (Becker, Ballinger, Blythe, Blythe) 1:43.33, 13. Shelby (Durbin, Peterson, Dodson, Jackson) 1:44.94

4x4 relay: 7. Shelby (Martin, Foor, Hendryx, Powers) 3:43.50, 11. NEO (Walk, Abrenathy, Hernandez, Walk) 3:54.16, 12. CAM (O'Brien, Black, Houser, Arnold) 4:04.56

4x8 relay: 1. Shelby (Yockey, Henze, Stockdale, Wilson) 8:33.57, 7. Neoga (Walk, Miah, Hernandez, Walk) 9:16.76, 8. Pana (Ashley, Bumgardner, Clark, Dilley) 9:28.57

High jump: 1. Breeden (SH) 6-0, 2. Hudlin (P) 6-0, 3. O'Brien (CAM) 5-10, T6. Beeson (P) 5-8, T6. Hendryx (SH) 5-8, T9. Arnold (CAM) 5-6

Pole vault: 2. Hatfield (SH) 13-6, T.9 Simms (CAM) 11-6, T.11 Davis (SOV) 11-0, 13. Smith (SH) 10-6

Long jump: 1. C. Kersey (NEO) 21-3, 2. Miller (SH) 20-4.75, T8. Keown (SH) 19-6, 11. Ballinger (CAM) 19-2, 14. Moeller (P) 18-7, 16. Ballinger (SS) 17-11, 17. Vail (SOV) 17-10.5, 20. Mitchell (SOV) 17-5, 21. R. Kersey (NEO) 17-2, 22. A. Blythe (SS) 16-9.5, 26. Niehart (P) 15-8.5

Triple jump: 1. C. Kersey (NEO) 43-10, 2. Beeson (P) 40-2, 4. Shields (SOV) 38-5, 6. Becker (SS) 37-10.75, 8. O'Brien (CAM) 37-9, 11. Arnold (CHBC) 35-8.5, 13. Cameron (SH) 35-2

Shot put: 2. Fry (SS) 52-3.5, 5. Welton (SH) 42-11, 7. Schlieker (SOV) 41-10, 10. Chepan (CAM) 40-8.5, 15. Grotts (P) 39-1, 16. Morse (SOV) 38-1.5, 17. Ferguson (SH) 37-5, Brandenburg (NEO) 37-2.5 , 27. Gruber (P) 34-5 , 33. Thomas (SS) 32-11.5, 37. Harder (CHBC) 31-7.5, 39. Wachtel (CHBC) 28-6

Discus: 2. Fry (SS) 156-8, 6. Grotts (P) 134-2, 11. Welton (SH) 126-0, 12. Gruber (P) 125-6, 13. Schlieker (SOV) 119-11, 17. Morse (SOV) 114-2, 19. Kennell (SH) 112-3, 21. Chepan (CAM) 108-8, 36. Harder (CHBC) 84-11, 36. C. Blythe (SS) 76-4, 37. Wachtel (CHBC) 44-8