Boys' track sectionals
Pontiac will be sending athletes in four events while Prairie Central will be represented in three at next week’s state track finals after the Indians and Hawks competed at the Class 2A Plano Sectional Friday night.
The area will be well represented in Class 1A after sectionals at Bureau Valley, Paxton-Buckley-Loda and El Paso-Gridley.
Cameron Dawson won one event and qualified in a second to lead the Indians. Dawson won the triple jump by going 43 feet, 6¾ inches. Teammate Geno Borrego is also going to state in the triple jump after placing third with a qualifying mark of 42-10.
Dawson tied for first but was awarded third place in the high jump after clearing 6-3. He lost out on misses as the top three went over the bar at 6-3.
Also in the field, Pontiac and Prairie Central went 1-2 in the pole vault. Ryan Lauritsen vaulted 13-1 to win the event and PC’s Chandler Ifft was second at 12-7.
Zach Matson of PC won the shot put with a push of 50-10½.
On the track, Pontiac’s 4x200 relay team of Joel Whittle, Kevin Turner, Ethan Lee and Adam Metcalf came in second in its heat and overall with a time of 1:34.08.
Aidan Krieger of Prairie Central came in second in the 110 high hurdles at 16.17 seconds.
Pontiac placed third in the team standings, behind champion LaSalle-Peru and runnerup Plano. The Hawks tied for seventh.
The Class 2A state preliminaries will take place next Friday morning at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.
Class 1A Sectionals
The area school competing in Class 1A sectional meets did so on Wednesday and Thursday.
EL PASO — Eight events will feature El Paso-Gridley athletes next Thursday at the state meet after the Titans hosted a sectional Wednesday.
Jonathan Hasty will be in four events after winning three sprints and being part of the second-place 4x100 relay. Hasty won the 100-meter dash in 11.44 seconds and the 200 in 23.84. He took the 400 in 52.97 seconds and teamed with Lukas Kiefer, Caleb Vargas and Connor Kaupp for a runnerup time of 45.04 seconds in the 4x100.
Adam Ludy was second in the 1,600 at 4:39.06 and Bo Halvorsen was second in the 3,200 at 10:19.66.
In the field, Kiefer was third but qualified in the triple jump with a mark of 41-6½. Ethan Jenkins also placed third but had a qualifying push of 50-2¾ in the shot put.
EPG placed second as a team. Pleasant Plains won the meet.
Bureau Valley Sectional
MANLIUS — Nick Olson is making yet another trip to Charleston after a first- and second-place finish in the throws at the Bureau Valley Sectional Thursday.
Olson, of WFC, won the shot put with a push of 57-10, which was better than his third-place push last year at state. He was second in the discus with a toss of 137-3.
Fieldcrest’s Micah Hurd was second in the 400 at 52.77 seconds.
PAXTON — The Ridgeview-Lexington co-op worked for a third-place team finish at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Sectional Thursday.
The Mustangs will be competing in six events next week with Tate Walcott and Mason Barr each taking part two individual races and teaming in a relay.
Walcott won the long jump by going 22-4½. He won the 200 dash in 22.66 seconds. Barr won the 110 high hurdles in 16.09 seconds and was second in the 300 intermediates at 40.32.
Walcott and Barr were joined by Ryan Benton and Kale Grunloh in winning the 4x200 relay in 1:30.79.
Ridgeview’s Jacob Donaldson will compete in the triple jump after going 41-5. He placed sixth but surpassed the qualifying standard.
Dwight will have a foursome competing, as well. The Trojans took second in the 4x800 relay as the quartet of Donovan Garcia, Dan Muller, JC Santos and Koby Smith finished in 8:33.289.