By Tim Taylor
Eighth-graders Blake Homann and Luke Newell put on a clinic about how to work as teammates in the 1,600 meters in Monday’s quad meet in Shelbyville.
Shelbyville’s Kelton Logan got off to a modest lead for the first 400 meters with Homann and Newell trailing close behind.
Halfway through the race, Homann overtook the Shelbyville athlete, and Newell slid up to run right beside Logan, boxing him in at second. During the final 400 meters, Homann extended his lead, and Newell sped past the Shelbyville runner to earn second.
Homann won the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes, 24.82 seconds.
The Charleston seventh grade boys, seventh grade girls, and eighth grade girls placed second. The eighth-grade boys team came in fourth.
Mattoon’s seventh and eighth grade boys’ teams and the seventh-grade girls team came in third. The eighth grade girls squad came in fourth.
Moulton Middle School (Shelbyville) swept all four competitions.
Mattoon’s Baylee Summers won the 400 with a time of 1 minute, 7.70 seconds for the seventh-grade squad. She also won high jump by clearing 4 feet, 8 inches and placed third in the 100.
For the seventh-grade CMS girls’ squad, Avery Beals again won both the 100 and 200 races. Plus, Beals was the anchor for the winning relay team in the 4×100 with Miranda McBride, Angela Myers-Mukes, and Yasemin Mavi.
CMS eighth grader Amber Weiss won high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 4 inches.
CMS’s Alex Matheny swept the throwing events once again for the seventh grade. He won shot put with a heave of 31 feet, 9.5 inches. Tyler Oakley came in second. Matheny earned first at discus with a throw of 103-1.
At long jump for eighth grade girls, Imani McGree leaped of 13 feet, 5 inches for the win. Mia Hinds of Charleston placed second.
The Charleston 4×400 team of Cole Lemmon, Artem Lindley, Owen Stranz, and Landon Bell won the seventh-grade event with a time of 5:00.62.
The Mattoon boys’ side did well in a number of short-distance races.
Cale Kimbro won the 100 with a time of 12.48 and placed second in the 200. He also was part of the winning 4×100 relay team along with Hayden Gordon, Van Grayson, and Ean Freeman.
MMS’s Keeghan Shaw won the 200 for the seventh grade, and Van Grayson won the 400 for the eighth grade.
The seventh grade MMS team of Derek Sharp, Harlo Watkins, Beau Farris, and Cooper Carlen won the 4×200.
In other events:
- Charleston’s Maggie Englum placed second in the 400 and 800 for the seventh grade
- Seventh grader Alaina Hedges got second in the 1,600 for Mattoon.
- Trojan Blake Homann took second in the 800 for the eighth grade while Landon Bell and Noah Hardwick placed second and third, respectively, in the 800 for the seventh grade.
- CMS’s Quinn Taylor placed second in the high jump for the seventh grade with a clearance of 4-6.
- Charleston’s Max Webber and Artem Lindley placed second and third, respectively, in pole vault for the seventh grade.
- Artem Lindley placed third in the 100.
- At discus, CMS’s Yeshua O’Brien placed second, and MMS’s Logan Samuelson got third in the eighth-grade event. Samuelson also earned third in shot put.
- Mattoon’s Imani McGee got third in the 100 for eighth grade girls.
- CMS’s Tyler Oakley won third in seventh-grade 110 hurdles, and MMS’s Ean Freeman got third in the eighth-grade hurdles.