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Drake: Panther relay squad pleased by time

By ALLAN MANDELL, LEDGER SPORTS EDITOR | May 04, 2017
Photo by: JILL DAHLSTROM From left, Sam Roth, Chandler Eckley, Malcolm Myers and Ryan Millikin pose for a post-race photo at the Drake Relays. The Pekin Panther quartet ran the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:10.15.

At Fairfield High School on April 11, Pekin’s Chandler Eckley, Sam Roth, Malcolm Myers and Ryan Millikin ran the 4x800 in 8:08.70, winning a gold medal and shattering a 34-year-old Panther school record (8:12).

The quartet qualified for last week’s Drake Relays.

“For all four of us, it was our first time at Drake and we were a bit nervous,” Roth said. “But we still ran the best we could and pulled off a pretty good time.”

At Drake, the quartet ran the relay in 8:10.15, finishing 10th of the 16 invited teams.

“Considering we were the only Class 1A team and we were running against all Class 4A teams, we were really pleased with how we did,” Roth said.

Eckley led off.

“Chandler led us off really well,” Roth said. “He ran the first 200 a little fast, then he remembered what he was there to do — and he ended up with the best time of any of us, 1:59.”

Roth followed.

“It was nerve-wracking,” he said. “I ran my best and considering it was so cold, I was happy with how I did.”

Myers ran third.

“Malcolm did great,” Roth said. “We call him ‘Mr. Consistent.’ If Coach (Davis Eidahl) says, ‘Malcolm, I need you to run a 60 for a 400,’ then Malcolm will do that, he’ll run a 60, exactly what Coach wants.”

Millikin was anchor.

“Ryan does nothing but improve with every race,” Roth said. “Once we give the baton to Ryan at anchor, we know he won’t worry about anything except getting the job done.

“When Ryan races, if he’s heard some competing kid is 10 seconds faster than Ryan, Ryan doesn’t pay any attention to that — he’s there to race.”

Roth thinks the best has yet to come for the Pekin 4x800 squad.

There’s the State Track Meet on May 18-20, and Pekin will be the Class 1A favorite to win the 4x800.

“We’d also like to break the 1A state record (8:03.6),” Roth said. “We’ve each touched 1:59, just not at the same time — but I know we are capable of doing that.”

 

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