Pekin continues strong season at districts
The Pekin boys’ and girls’ track teams continued their strong seasons Thursday at the state qualifying district meet in Highland.
Both teams finished in their first overall and will be sending multiple individuals to the state meet in Des Moines Thursday. Just like in Class 3A, the Class 1A individuals who finished first or second in an event automatically qualified for the state meet.
Gwynne Wright continued her quest for state titles by finishing first in the 800-meter run, 3000-meter run and the 1500-meter run. Her teammate Taylor Lock grabbed second in the 3000, meaning she will join Wright at the state meet.
Mallory Reed won the 100-meter hurdles with the time of 16.27.
Kaylee Linder finished second in the 200-meter dash with the time of 28.33.
Reed, Linder, Jessica Horras and Nikole Arendt would combine to narrowly win the 4x100-meter relay with the time of 52.40. Reed was also on the winning 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle team with Taiylor Morgan, Chelsea Lanphier and Samantha Wright.
The 4x400-meter relay team featuring Samantha Wright, Tayler Winn, Taylor Reynolds and Whitney Horras grabbed second place. Reynolds and Horras were also part of thes second place 4x800 team. The girls would also win the distance medley, finish second in the sprint medley and Kaysha Dodson took first in the high jump.
On the boys’ side, Chase Copeland won the 100-meter dash with the time of 11.90.
Tyler Copeland finished second in the 200-meter dash with the time of 23.91.
Jared Bond and Eric Adam will both be in the discus and shot put competitions at the state meet.
Both Copelands, Christian Wittrock and Brody Long won the 4x200-meter relay with the time of 1:34.73. The boys team would also qualify for the distance medley and the 4x800-meter relay.
“We won’t have a lot of superstars that shine at the state meet, but I think we have the best overall 1A team in the state,” Pekin boys’ track coach Davis Eidahl said. “If you take each event and score it, we are one of the top teams.”
Van Buren also competed at the Highland meet. Garrett Saunders earned second in the 400-meter hurdles with the time of 58.18. Gavin Heald got second in the high jump with a leap of 6-03.00.
Saunders, Heald, Jesse Fuller and Nolan Lydolph earned second in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle.
The Warriors also earned second in the 4x800-meter relay. Saunders, Wyatt Cole, Brayden Starnes and Thomas Fitzsimmons combined to record the time of 8:43.05.