Illini Prairie Conference track from Tuesday
Prairie Central won two events but placed among the top three nine times to finish in a second-place tie in the boys’ portion of the Illini Prairie Conference track and field meet Tuesday at St. Joseph-Ogden.
Pontiac had two first-place finishes and 18 season-best efforts in taking fifth in the boys’ standings with 71 points. Tolono (Unity) won the boys’ meet with 125 while Prairie Central and Monticello tied for second at 93. Monticello claimed the girls title with 168. Despite winning one event, the Indians were eighth in the girls’ meet with 48 points. Prairie Central was 10th with 29½ points.
The area’s strength was in the field events for the boys. All three of Pontiac’s top placements and both the Hawks’ wins were in the field.
Cam Dawson was the area’s lone double winner. The ISU-bound senior captured the long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 1 inch. Teammate Angelo Borrego was third at 19-9½.
Dawson won the triple jump by going 43-5 with Borrego coming in second at 41-11. Kaden King of Prairie Central was third at 41-6. Wyatt Steidinger of PC was fourth.
The Tribe’s Steven Lewis claimed the discus with a season-best toss of 157-2, winning by nearly 12 feet. Zach Matson of Prairie Central was third at 142-8.
Matson was a winner for the Hawks in the shot put with a conference-best push of 50-1½. Lewis was second at 43-4½.
Chandler Ifft cleared 15 feet in taking the pole vault for the Hawks.
PTHS got third-place points from Dawson in the high jump after he made 6-3.
In all, Pontiac scored 62 of its points in the field events.
Ethan Schickel scored third-place points for the Indians in the 800 run with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 5.56 seconds.
Prairie Central did well on the track despite not winning an event. Lee Zimmerman was third in the 200 at 23.54 seconds and fourth in the 100 dash. Steidinger was third in the 400 at 53.83 seconds.
Aiden Krieger was third in the 110-meter high hurdles at 15.83 seconds and third in the 300 intermediates at 41.82 seconds.
The 4x200 relay team of Zimmerman, Wes Semmerling, Keegan Stein and Connor Haab was third at 1:35.51. The 4x100 and 4x400 teams each placed fourth.
Sarah Christopher led the Pontiac girls with a first-place finish, as well as being part of two top-four relays. Christopher won the 400 dash in 1:00.18.
Joining Christopher in the 4x400 relay were Franchesca Smith, Megan Leigh and Sam Sipe as the quartet was third at 4:24.01.
Pontiac’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams each placed fourth.
In the field, Smith took third in the triple jump with a mark of 33-6. Prairie Central’s Megan Ifft was fourth in the triple jump.