Charleston High boys set 12 personal records Thursday night to capture the Tiger Relays track and field team championship in Paris.

CHS dominated the field events. Alex Stout swept the weights, winning both the shot put (49 feet, 3.5 inches) and the discus, while Jeremiah Hayes won the long jump, Ethan McBride won both the long jump (19-4.5) and triple jump (39-9) Grant Kattenbraker went 12 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault by 2 feet.

“We had a monster day in the field events along with some solid performances in the sprint relays,” CHS coach Alex Koebele said. “Jeremiah Hayes had another huge jump to win the long jump and continues to get better every meet. Ethan McBride continues to be Mr.  Consistent in the long and triple. We can always count on him.  

The Trojans also set PRs to win two relays. 

Parris Coopwood, Luke Nelson, Jeremiah Hayes and Langdon King teamed up for a 4×100 relay triumph. Ezekiel Hall jumped in, replacing Hayes, to combine for the 4×200 victory.

“Langdon King came back off an injury and supplied the extra juice we have been looking for helping the 4×100 and 4×200 win both races and set new PRs,” Koebele said. 

Coopwood placed third in the 100 and 200, while Caleb Oakley placed third in the 100 high hurdles and fourth in the 300 low hurdles. Plus, Hayes took fourth in the 400.

“This was our first program invite win in quite awhile and we are going to enjoy it and get ready for the Mattoon Invite next week,” Koebele said. “I keep telling these guys the way we do things it’s not where you start, it is where you finish – and things are looking good for May.”

Olivia Conn earned a victory for Charleston High girls, who took third, by leaping 15 feet, 9 inches. Emileonna Hamilton, meanwhile, finished second in the 100, posting a PR of 14.08 seconds.

CHS’s 4×800 relay squad of Ila Richter, Whitley Wood, Grace Edwards and Sam Fehrenbacher finished 5.42 second as did the 4×400 team of Malia Hodges, Olivia Conn, Ila Richter and Sam Fehrenbacher, 3.2 seconds behind Effingham.


1. Charleston160 
2. Effingham134 
3. St. Anthony118 
4. Marshall80 
5. Paris56 
6. Danville (Schlarman)50 
7. Hume (Shiloh)30 
8. Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)28 
9. Neoga11


1. St. Anthony168
2. Effingham160 
3. Charleston84 
4. Paris74 
5. Hume (Shiloh)66 
6. Marshall40 
7. Neoga20 
8. Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)1