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Prep Track: Pekin Boys Run Away With Trojan Relays

By Jason Van Arkel, April 12, 2017

Tuesday evening, the boys track teams from Davis County, Oskaloosa, Pekin, Van Buren and Keokuk converged on Fairfield to compete in the Trojan Relays. At the end of the night, it was Pekin that had chalked up yet another meet victory, in what is shaping up to be a very promising track season.

The Panthers scored 196.5 points on the night, far surpassing the 152 credited to second-place Oskaloosa. Davis County totaled 126.5 to place third, and Fairfield wound up fourth in its home meet with 117. Van Buren ended up in fifth with 59 points, forcing Keokuk to settle for sixth with 41.

Oskaloosa actually had more individual champions on the night, but Pekin absolutely dominated the relay events. The Panthers won six of the seven relays, claiming the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800, as well as the sprint and distance medley relays. Osky kept Pekin from making it a clean relay sweep by nabbing first place in the shuttle hurdle relay.

In the individual events, Pekin took both distance races, with Malcolm Myers winning the 1,600 meters and Colten Glosser grabbing the 3,200. Dayne Eckley end up on top of the leaderboard in the 100-meter dash, and Trever Northup took the shot put title.

Oskaloosa got two more wins out of star J’Von Harris, who claimed both the 200-meter dash and the long jump. The Indians added both individual hurdle events to their shuttle hurdle relay win, as Jaden Van Roekel won the 110-meter hurdles and Bennett Spry captured the 400-meter hurdles. Without the hurdles in the way, Andy Sterner won the 400-meter dash, and Carter Huyser took the 800-meter run. Osky’s final champion was Jack Moore, who tied with Davis County’s Caleb Cowles for the top spot in the high jump.

Cowles’ T-1 finish in the high jump was the only victory on the night for the Mustang team. Their vaunted 4×800-meter relay team ran another strong race, and lowered its best time for the season, but came in second to a Pekin squad that lowered its best time by a full ten seconds. Doug Turner earned a second-place finish for the Mustangs in the 3,200 meters. Davis County also posted second-place times in the 4×400, the shuttle hurdle relay and the distance medley relay.

For the home team, Fairfield’s only first-place winner was Michael Fritz, who added another discus championship to his growing list of triumphs this season. Tristin Waugh finished right behind Fritz in second place. Kosta Papazogolou ended up second on the score sheet in the 100-meter dash. Fairfield also took second place inthe 4×200, and the sprint medley relay.

Van Buren’s best finish was in the 100-meter dash, where Donny Roberts came in fourth. The Warriors also had fourth-place showings in the 4×800, and in the distance medley relay.