By Tim Taylor
Mattoon Middle School’s Baylee Summers captured two sectional titles while another seventh grader, Charleston Middle’s Artem Lindley, also won two events on Saturday.
Summers cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to win the high jump and then captured first in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 8.16 seconds.
Lindley won pole vault with a mark of 8 feet, 9 inches while teammate Max Webber came in second.
Lindley also served as anchor for the winning 4×100 relay team with Quinn Taylor, Max Webber, and Jay Buchter. Lindley edged out the Mt. Zion runner at the finish by .5 seconds, clocking in at 56.33.
CMS’s Alex Matheny took home the discus title on the day with a personal-record throw of 104 feet, 11 inches. Matheny also came in second in shot put.
Charleston’s seventh-grade boys team had the best day at sectionals, securing second place out of 10 teams. The Mt. Zion Braves swept all four competitions at their home track.
In the 100, seventh-grader Avery Beals came in second for Charleston in a personal-record time of 13.76 seconds, trailing Da’Sani Lewis of North Ridge by just .02 seconds. Beals also took second in the high jump.
In both the 100 and 200 for the eighth-grade boys, Mattoon’s Cale Kimbro placed second – with a personal record in the 100 at 12.44. Kimbro was part of the 4×100 team with Van Grayson, Will Pullen, and Ean Freeman that placed second.
In other events:
- CMS seventh-grader Maggie Englum came in second in the 400 for CMS.
- Eighth-grader Wesley Paul got second in pole vault for Charleston.
- Charleston’s Landon Bell earned third in long jump for the seventh grade with a mark of 14 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
- Mattoon’s Logan Samuelson placed third in shot put among eighth-graders.
- CMS’s Mia Hinds got fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 6-6.
- Hayden Gordon placed fourth in the long jump for the MMS eighth grade team.