Pekin boys score 194 to handle Ruritan Relays field
PACKWOOD — The weather wasn’t the only thing warming up at Thursday’s outdoor season-opening Ruritan Relays in Packwood.
That designation belonged to the Pekin Panther boys’ track and field team, which secured 10 event victories en route to a scorching 79-point team win.
The home team picked up individual victories in seven events and tacked on another three wins in relays to score 194 points and easily distance itself from runner-up Lone Tree, which tallied 115 in the five-team field.
“We used it as a good practice,” Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl said following the meet. “I wanted our varsity to get a good conditioning workout, and they did. They didn’t have a lot of time between races because it was such a fast meet.”
The Panthers got off to a quick start, winning two of the four field events.
Freshman Keaton Winn cleared 5-feet, 10-inches in the high jump for the win, and junior Eric Adam won the shot put with a launch of 48-feet, 3-inches. The Panthers also received runner-up finishes from Chase Earnest in the high jump (5’8”) and Jared Bond in both the discus (124’4”) and shot put (43’4”).
The Panthers never relinquished their big, early lead and zoomed to wins in their first two races. Freshman Austin Fariss won the 3200 by nearly a minute in 11:13, and the 4x800 team of Cade Millikin, Graham Wittrock, Cole Reighard and Eli Harper finished in 9:18, crushing runner-up Lone Tree by 1 minute, 30 seconds.
Later, Pekin received impressive wins from sophomore Christian Wittrock in the 400 (55.8) and freshman Chase Copeland in the 100-meter dash (11.8). Fariss earned his second gold medal of the night in the mile, crossing the line in 5:20.
The Panthers then closed the meet with wins in three of the final five races. Cory Loyd earned a one-second win in the 400-hurdles (1:01.29), and the distance medley crew of Quentin Garrels, Harper, and Graham and Christian Wittrock finished first with a time of 4:04.10. The 4x100 relay, featuring Kolby Allsup, Garrels, Loyd and Winn, also finished first in 47.26 ticks.
Pekin earned runner-up finishes in four races. Clayton Essary finished second in the 3200 (12:09), and Millikin was second in the open-800 (2:17.3). The shuttle hurdle team of Earnest, Tanner Adam, Ryan Swanson and Loyd took second place (1:06.45). Kolby Allsup, Garrels, Loyd and Winn closed the evening with a runner-up placing in the 4x400 (4:00.22).
The meet, which Pekin has a strong tradition of winning, featured five teams instead of the originally scheduled 14 due to the date change from Monday. Despite the limited competition, Eidahl said the experience was a positive one.
“There were only four other teams, but at least we got to run,” Eidahl said. “This meet helped us to see what our lineup will be next week. It gave us a chance to run some newcomers with our veterans.”
The Pekin boys return to action Monday at Davis County.
Pekin Individual Results
Discus — 2. Jared Bond (124’ 4”), 3. Matthew Jones (111’ 3”)
Shot Put — 1. Eric Adam (48’ 3”), 2. Jared Bond (43’ 4”)
High Jump — 1. Keaton Winn (5’ 10”), 2. Chase Earnest (5’ 8”)
Long Jump — 3. Colton Lanman (17’ 7”), 4. Chase Copeland (17’ 2.5”)
3200-run — 1. Austin Fariss (11:13), 2. Clayton Essary (12:09)
4x800-relay — 1. Pekin (Millikin, G. Wittrock, Reighard, Harper, 9:18)
Shuttle hurdle-relay — 2. Pekin (Earnest, T. Adam, Swanson, Loyd, 1:06.45)
100-dash — 1. Chase Copeland (11.8)
400-dash — 1. Christian Wittrock (55.8), 5. Tayte Schoff (1:01)
4x200-relay — 4. Pekin (Allsup, Loper, Coleman, Schoff, 1:48)
110-hurdles — 5. Cory Loyd (17.03), 6. Chase Earnest (17.46)
1600-run — 1. Austin Fariss (5:20.5), 4. Thomas Slaney (5:29.9)
200-dash — 6. Kolby Allsup (26.17)
400-hurdles — 1. Cory Loyd (1:01.29), 3. Tanner Adam (1:02.29)
1600 medley-relay — 1. Pekin (Garrels, C. Wittrock, Harper, G. Wittrock, 4:04.10)
800-run — 2. Cade Millikin (2:17.3), 4. Cole Reighard (2:27.3)
4x100-relay — 1. Pekin (Allsup, Garrels, C. Wittrock, Copeland, 47.26)
4x400-relay — 2. Pekin (Harper, Garrels, Loyd, Winn, 4:00.22)