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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

Van Buren wins Warrior Relays in small division

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | May 06, 2014

The Van Buren boys’ track team held strong at their home meet Monday, taking home first place in Class A at the Warriors Relays.

The Warriors scored 164 points, which edged Cardinal by just three points. Winfield-Mount Union was not far behind with 137 points. Harmony and New London rounded out the field.

Van Buren was able to gain many points in the field competitions. Dakota LaRue won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put. Teammate Gavin Heald won the high jump. Garrett Saunders and Brayden Starnes both got first place finishes in races, while Thomas Fitzsimmons and Sheldon DeWitt both got second place finishes.

The Warriors took home first place in the 4x800-meter relay and in the 400 hurdles.

As for Cardinal, Conner McElderry won the shot put with a toss of 42’5”. Tyler Albert took home the long jump title. Charlie Rachford had another huge day for the Comets, winning the 100 high hurdles and the 100-meter dash. Quinn Honomichil won the 400-meter dash with the time of 54.37.

The Comets finished first in the shuttle hurdle, just one spot ahead of Van Buren.

Pekin finished second in Class AA to Albia. The Class AA competition was a three-way contest between the top two finishers and Mediapolis. Eddyville-Blakesburg and Central Lee rounded out the field.

“This was the final tune up for our conference and district,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “After we look at the results and how things went, we will know how to put together what we want to run at conference and district. With our team, we do not change many things, we just go out and run, jump and throw as usual.”

Just like the Warriors, the Panthers also did very well in the field events.

Jared Bond won the discus throw and Eric Adam got first in the shot put. Zac Conger won the high jump and Zac Buller was third in the long jump.

Pekin was able to finish close in many of the relay races and accumulate points.

Tyler Copeland and Chase Copeland finished back-to-back in the 100-meter dash, with Tyler taking third (11.40) and Chase grabbing fourth (11.70). Cade Millikin and Christian Wittrock both got third place finishes at the meet.

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