Pekin, Cardinal boys take crowns at Thursday meet
PACKWOOD — The Pekin and Cardinal boys’ track squads won their respective divisions at the Pekin Invitational Thursday in Packwood.
Pekin amassed 205 points in the Red Team field to blast runner-up Sigourney by 47 points. Cardinal scored 167 points in the Black Team division, topping second-place Albia by 27.
For the host Panthers, it was another win in a long line of them on their home track. Pekin also crushed the competition at the season-opening Ruritan Relays in March.
This time, Pekin won nine total events and started the day with a pair of victories in the throws. Eric Adam won the shot put with a mark of 46-feet, 1-inch, and Jared Bond topped the discus field with a throw of 118-feet, 10-inches.
The Panthers also dominated in the relays, where they earned four wins. Eli Harper, Graham Wittrock, Cade Millikin and Austin Fariss had the fastest time in the 4x800 (8:59); and Chase Copeland, Keaton Winn, Christian Wittrock and Quentin Garrels combined forces to win the 4x200 in 1:38.18. The distance medley team of Garrels, Christian and Graham Wittrock and Harper finished first (3:57.82), as did the 4x100 team of Copeland, Winn, Garrels and Christian Wittrock (46.53).
Other victories for Pekin came from Copeland in the 100-meter dash (11.39), as well as Chase Earnest in the 110-high hurdles (15.89). Cory Loyd earned gold in the 400-lows with a time of 59.91 ticks.
The Panthers’ win total was especially impressive considering they were far from loaded up in the events.
“With a meet [Friday] we cut down on some of our events for our runners,” said Pekin head coach Davis Eidahl. “With the nice weather, and the opportunity to run against other schools, we are starting to see good improvement in our marks.”
Cardinal also looked at home on Pekin’s track and came through with eight victories, including a school record-setting run in the shuttle hurdle relay. Jonathan Pedersen, Mikey Owings, Tyler Albert and Charlie Rachford lowered the school record by nearly two seconds and won the event by more than seven (1:02.59).
The Comets also won two other relays, including the 4x200 featuring Blake Wright, Cole Campbell, Owings and Rachford (1:38.59) and the 4x800 featuring Justin Conger, Sam Pedersen, Miguel Santiago and Ryan Cale (9:51.33).
Rachford added a victory in the long jump (19’ 9.5”), while Josh Ramos won the discus (127’ 8”) and Jonathan Pedersen claimed gold in the high jump (5’ 6”). Rounding out the victories for Cardinal were Cale in the 1600 (5:17.8) and Albert in the 400-lows (1:05.31).
Both teams also competed Friday at the postponed Dennis Anderson Relays in Bloomfield. Full results of Friday’s meet will appear in Tuesday’s Ledger.