Boys' Class 1A track sectionals
Ridgeview placed second as a team at last year’s Class 1A state finals meet. The Mustangs will be looking for similar success after qualifying 12 events to this year’s meet at EIU after winning the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sectional Thursday evening.
Making a return to state will be defending state champion Mason Barr in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and the 4x200 relay team.
Tate Walcott was a three-event qualifier last year, joining Barr, Ryan Benton and the graduated Kale Grunloh in winning the 4x200 relay. He was also fourth in the 200 dash and 10th in the long jump.
The Mustangs won the GCMS sectional meet with six event victories while racking up 104 points. Dwight had 20 points and one athlete advance. Tri-Point was 13th with 6 points.
Walcott and Barr will be advancing in three individual events and as two legs of the 4x200 relay. Walcott won the long jump by going 23-5¾ in winning the event by nearly two feet.
On the track, Walcott won the 200-meter dash in 22.57 seconds in edging teammate Barr, who was runnerup at 22.89. Walcott was fourth in the 200 at state last year.
Barr won the 300 hurdles and returns to defend that title after winning in 39.53 seconds at GCMS. Dwight’s Christian Williams was second at 41.72 seconds to advance.
Barr also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.93 seconds. He was fourth at state last year.
Walcott and Barr were part of the state-winning 4x200 relay last season and will be back after leading the Mustangs to first in the event at 1:30.97.
Also on the track, Ridgeview won the 4x400 relay in 3:31.56 and was second in the 4x100 at 44.48 seconds. Walcott was runnerup in the 100 dash at 11.37 seconds.
In the field, Jacob Donaldson placed eighth at state last year in the triple jump. He will look to place higher next week after going 43-3 to take second at GCMS.
El Paso-Gridley came in second as a team and will be sending five representatives to state next week after competing at the Tremont Sectional Thursday.
The Titans tallied 75 points for second with Tremont putting up 87 to win the meet. Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland was 12th with 12 points and Fieldcrest was 15th with 6.
EPG’s best event was the 300-meter intermediate hurdles as freshman Kollin Schlipf won in 41.7 seconds. Logan Smith was second at 42.49 seconds.
Jordan Shelton was the other EPG athlete to place first as he claimed the 400 dash in 53.01 seconds.
Noah Smith took second in the 3,200 run in 10:04.01 to advance. In the field, Caleb Vargas was second in the triple jump at 40-1½.