Pekin boys place second in conference
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — For the third straight season, the Pekin boys’ track team was denied a Southeast Iowa Superconference North championship at the hands of Mediapolis.
Instead, the Panthers again settled for second place at the SEISC North meet Monday hosted by Columbus. Led by freshman Chase Copeland, the Panthers won three events on the track and another in the field to score 131 points to Mediapolis’ 156.
Third-place Highland finished well behind Pekin with 86 points. Lone Tree and WACO tied for fourth with 65 each.
Copeland won the 100-meter dash with his fastest time of the year at 11.17 seconds, and the freshman also led off the winning distance medley and 4x200 relays. Copeland, Quentin Garrels, Christian Wittrock and Eli Harper finished the medley in 3:46, while Copeland, Christian Wittrock, Garrels and Keaton Winn teamed up to nip Columbus’ 4x200 in 1:34.
In the field, Eric Adam won the shot put at 47-feet, 1-inch, and fellow junior Jared Bond was second in the discus with a throw of 141-feet, 3-inches. Winn was second in the high jump (15’ 10”).
Chase Earnest came in second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.71) and Cory Loyd earned a runner-up medal in the 400-hurdles (58.79) behind Drew Buster of Mediapolis.
Pekin also finished third in three relays. Graham Wittrock, Cade Millikin, Austin Fariss and Harper came in third in the 4x800 (8:34); and Colton Lanman, Tanner Adam, Earnest and Loyd won bronze in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:01.87). Copeland, Winn, Christian Wittrock and Garrels also took home third place in the 4x100 (45.83).
The Panthers continue the postseason Thursday at their Class 1A district meet at Highland.
SEISC North @ Columbus
Final Team Standings (Boys)
1. Mediapolis 156, 2. Pekin 131, 3. Highland 86, T4. Lone Tree 65, T4. WACO 65, 6. Louisa-Muscatine 57, 7. Wapello 55, 8. Columbus 50, 9. Winfield-Mount Union 33