Pekin boys cruise to Panther Relays title
PACKWOOD — Monday’s Panther Relays were cold and a little rainy, but the host Pekin boys looked just as dominant as ever, rolling to their fifth meet title of 2013 at the 48th annual event.
Pekin earned wins in nine events on its way to a 209-point total in Class A competition. Cardinal’s 138 points placed them runner-up and Highland was third with 130.
“It was good to have everyone run, throw, jump and compete,” said Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl. “Despite the weather, we did compete hard, and what I liked was the good attitude that everyone has.”
The Panthers received a win from Cade Millikin in the 800 (2:15.07), plus Austin Fariss in the 1600 (5:18). Chase Earnest won the high jump at 5-feet, 8-inches, and Eric Adam earned a win in the shot put with a throw of 45-feet, 9-inches. Colton Lanman finished first in the 110-high hurdles with a winning time of 16.14 seconds.
Pekin also was its usual dominant self in the relays, where it won four of the six.
Quentin Garrels, Keaton Winn, Christian Wittrock and Chase Copeland teamed up for wins in the 4x100 (46.83) and 4x200 (1:37.87); and Eli Harper, Graham Wittrock, Millikin and Fariss finished first by nearly 26 seconds in the 4x800 (8:58). Graham and Christian Wittrock, Garrels and Harper also tacked on a 17-second victory in the distance medley (3:55.72).
Cardinal also received several wins, including Charlie Rachford in the long jump (20’ 1”) and Josh Ramos in the discus (119’ 4”). Quinn Honomichl finished two seconds ahead of the competition in the 400 (57.52) and Blake Wright eked out a win in the 100 (11.52). The shuttle hurdle relay team of Jonathan Pedersen, Tyler Albert, Neil Urtado and Rachford also won, combining for a 1:04.51 finish.
In Class AA competition, Davis County won the title scoring 181 points. Albia came in second with 165.
The Cardinal boys will be at WACO today. Pekin is off until Thursday’s Kohawk Relays in Cedar Rapids.