Tenths of seconds ...
Heading into the 2012 Class 1A IHSA Boys' Track and Field State Finals, Myles Ketelsen, of Flora High School, had a personal record (PR) of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meters this past season that put him among the fastest in the State of Illinois in the event.
And the senior was looking at that dash event, one of three Ketelsen competed in at State, as his best shot at winning a state championship.
On Saturday, at the Finals, while Ketelsen didn't duplicate that aforementioned 10.49 effort, he did need just 10.75 seconds to cover 100 meters. However, it would not be enough as by just tenths-of-seconds, Dontae Pryor, of Kewanee High School, won the event, finishing in 10.61 seconds – fourteen-tenths of seconds ahead of Ketelsen.
Then, despite a PR effort of 22-feet-7¾-inches in the long jump, Ketelsen also settled for a runner-up performance in the field event, once again coming in second to Pryor, with the Kewanee senior clearing 23-feet-3¾ to win.
A senior at North Clay High School, in Louisville, Ketelsen, who is part of the Flora team via a co-op agreement between the schools, closed out the day placing fifth in 200 meters 22.50 seconds.
Ketelsen's rival over the past four high school track seasons, Daniel Farmer of Johnson City High School, took the top spot, breaking the wire in 22.37 seconds