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Pekin Boys Surge Past Albia at Dennis Anderson Relays

By Jason Van Arkel, April 04, 2017

The Pekin boys track team began the season feeling like legitimate state title contenders in Class 1A. Tuesday night on a cold track in Eddyville, the Panthers proved they could also outrun teams from the bigger schools.

Pekin captured the boys championship at the Dennis Anderson Relays, outscoring Albia 156-141. Davis County finished a distant third with 98 points. Fairfield came in fourth, Pella sixth, Twin Cedars seventh, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont eighth and Moravia ninth.

The Panthers were most dominant in the long-distance races. Colten Glosser and Malcolm Myers finished one-two in the 3,200-meter run, then swapped places to take the top two spots in the 1,600-meter race. Pekin also claimed first place in the 4×200-meter relay (Tyler Copeland, Levi Long, Chase Eckley, Monico Requena), the 4×800-meter relay (Sam Roth, Isaiah Wittrock, Ryan Millikin, Chandler Eckley), the distance medley relay (Copeland, Chase Eckley, Roth, Millikin) and the shuttle hurdle relay (Quinn Ledger, Jordan Hixon, Clayton Culp, Lathe Crochet).

Albia stayed in the title chase with its sprinters. Kyle Sinnott and Drew Winke ran one-two in the 100-meter dash. Jake Clouse and Tony Leshen took the top two spots in the 200. Leshen and Sinnott ran first and second in the 400. Winke won the 800-meter race and the long jump. Tyler Stringfellow and Cade Crall went one-two in the 110-meter hurdles. The Blue Demons also claimed the 4×100-meter relay (Leshen, Winke, Clouse, Sinnot).

Pekin, however, stayed consistent from start to finish. They scored team points in every event except two, and every time Albia won an event, a Panther or two always finished right behind them. In fact, Pekin could have won by a larger margin; they won the final race of the night, the 4×400-meter relay, but committed an infraction along the way and were disqualified.

Meanwhile, Davis County had a solid night in its “home” event. (The Dennis Anderson Relays are Davis County’s, but EBF is the temporary host until the Mustangs can make improvements to their home track.) Trenton Goode continued his hot start to the season, winning the 400-meter hurdles. Caleb Cowles edged out Pekin’s Zack Conger to win the high jump. Davis County also claimed the 4×400 relay after Pekin’s team was disqualified. Carter Batterson, Quincy Collier, Nathan Zmolek and Reegan Warning ran the winning 400 relay for the Mustangs.