Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 30, 2014

Kersey Claims Two Titles

Corey Kersey of Neoga claimed two titles and Jason Fry one at the Illinois Top Times Indoor Meet this past weekend. Meanwhile, the rest of the Shelby Area qualifiers made a downpayment for the 2014 season.

Shelbyville had the most athletes in the area to qualify and brought home a couple medals.

"I thought we competed real well," said Ram coach Kevin Kramer. "We had fourteen kids participate which was pretty good representation for a school our size. Some people refer to this as the state indoor meet, but not everyone participates so it is a little bit of a misconception. 

"However a lot of very good teams do attend and you have to qualify for it so it does give kids an idea of how they may fare at the end of the year.  And it is quite an honor to get chosen for this meet."

Kersey won the Class boys long jump and the triple jump. Kersey leapt 20 feet 11.75 inches, besting the runner-up by two inches.

Kersey covered a distance of 44 feet, .75 inches in the triple a foot and five inches better than his closest challenger. Kersey also placed 7th in the high jump (6-2).

Fry came in as the favorite in the shot put and nothing changed. Fry   heaved the shot 53 feet 1.5 inches one and 3/4 feet further than the 2nd place competitor Stephen Gibson from Tuscola.

On the co-ed side of things, Amanda McClain of Sullivan-Okaw Valley recorded two Class A runner-up finishes.

McClain was 2nd in the 400 (58.27) less than a second behind the winner.  McClain was also 2nd in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 6.5 inches.

McClain was also a member of the 2nd place SOV 4x200 relay squad. Emily Neuhauser, Ashlynd Risley, Mollee Bowman, and McClain ran 1:49.97, more than two seconds faster than their seed time and 1.41 seconds behind winner Carthage.

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