By Tim Taylor
Charleston Middle’s Hadley Webb won her second successive 1,600 meters, clocking in with a time of 5 minutes, 56.3 seconds on Wednesday afternoon in a tri-meet in Effingham.
“Hadley is a no-nonsense athlete who gives 100 percent to everything she does,” said CMS coach Molly Bickford. “She a natural leader, and her attitude is as exemplary as her effort.”
Both the girls teams finished third. The Trojans seventh-graders trailed St. Anthony and Mt. Zion while Mt. Zion took first in the eighth grade meet.
Avery Beals won the seventh-grade 100-meter sprint. She started in second place early in the race but found another gear during the last 30 meters to overtake a St. Anthony runner with a time of 13.53, .24 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In the 200 meters, Beals finished second in another close race in 28.99 seconds.
Sydney Livingston jumped 4 feet, 3 inches to win the high jump, 3 inches ahead of Beals, who tied for second.
Ava Goble, meanwhile, took second place with a leap of 12-10 – 2 ¼ inches behind the Mt. Zion winner.
The seventh-grade boys team placed second with 40 points behind Mt. Zion, which compiled 74 points. St. Anthony was at 35. The eighth-grade boys team, with 43 points, placed third behind Mt. Zion (51) and St. Anthony (50).
Field events once again served as a consistent contributor to the overall score of the seventh-grade boys’ squad.
Artem Lindley won the pole vault by eclipsing 7 feet. Alex Matheny won both shot put with a heave of 13-7 and the discus with a throw of 88-4. Jace Boyce placed third in the discus, and Tyler Oakley nabbed fourth in shot put.
While Harvey of Mt. Zion won long jump, both Quinn Taylor and Landon Bell helped the team by placing second and third, respectively, with leaps of 14-6 and 12-5.
The eighth-grade boys’ team also fared well in the field events.
Wesley Paul won pole vault with a mark of 7-6, a foot and a half higher than the second-place finisher in that competition.
In other eighth-grade boys events:
• Blake Homann and Donavon Clements took second and third, respectively, in the long jump.
• Yeshua O’Brien and Marcellx Boling finished second and fourth, respectively, in the discus.
• Zac Price and Yeshua O’Brien placing third and fourth in shot put.
• Tony Moran won the 100-meter hurdles in 20.2 seconds, and Dylan Hawk garnered third place.
• Homann and Luke Newell earned second and third, respectively, in the 1,600 meters.
The CMS Trojans next compete against Mahomet-Seymour Junior High on Wednesday.