Four Rivers Conference rivals Pacific, Union and St. Clair battled it out for the top spot in the boys team standings Tuesday at the Union Relays.
The Indians emerged with the win at the track and field meet at Union High School with a team score of 124.5.
“We improved in a lot of events, so I’m happy about that. This is the time of the year where we need to make a run,” said Indians Head Coach Jim Rutherford. “We have pretty much the same team we had last year. We’re strong on the track. A few field event kids have scored points, which has been great.”
Rutherford said depth has been the key ingredient for the Indians this season.
“We really don’t have one dominant kid. We have a lot of depth in the track events. We have good kids in most spots, which is important in track,” Rutherford said. “Kelvin Klenke has been a big surprise in the discus and long jump. He works extremely hard. He’s helped us pick up some big points in field events.”
Union scored 103 points, one point ahead of St. Clair for second place.
“The senior boys led us to the second-place team finish,” said Union Head Coach Chris Kelley.
It was another big meet for Union’s Trevor King, who won three events and scored 38 points.
“Trevor had 38 points by himself. Narvell Smith and Ryan Coons also were top scorers for us,” Kelley said. “Trevor has been consistent in the 110-meter high hurdles the majority of the season and his 300-meter intermediate hurdle times are still falling. He was disappointed in his performances in the field events, but he’s the type who will put in the work to improve in those areas.”
St. Clair scored 102 points to place third in the standings.
“We’re getting closer to getting a total team effort, but we’re not quite there yet,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Dave Purviance. “Finishing within one point of second place and 13 points from first place in a large meet is encouraging, but it shows us that we need to continue to work hard.”
Washington finished fourth with 83.5 points.
“We were very pleased with our boys’ effort. They had an all-around great day. It’s nice to be able to go back to the bus and pass out 28 medals,” said Washington Head Coach Mike Olszowka. “As we look at all of our times, we just keep getting faster.”
Olszowka said it was a solid team effort by the Blue Jays.
“Adam Jones is working had and establishing himself as one of the best 400-meter runners in the area. David Tutt works hard every day to become a better vaulter. His speed and strength keep improving and so does his heights in the vault. Trevor Shockley had another great day in the discus. He is very consistent right now, which is putting him in a position to hit a big one at any time. Ian Smith has set six new PRs (personal records) in the last two meets. He raced strong in the 3,200-meter run, taking chances to put himself in position and then having the courage to fight to the finish says a lot about his heart.”
Sullivan finished fifth in the team standings with 57 points followed by Potosi with 49, Owensville with 46.5, Borgia with 38, Affton with 28.5, New Haven with 27, St. James with 27 and Hermann with 12.
“Luke Schriewer continues to stand out as our best sprinter, medaling in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, as well as the 4x200 relay,” said Borgia Coach Bill Stevison. “Robbie Vossbrink looked good in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles as usual. Casey Kuchem threw a personal best in the discus and scored the team some points. We’re looking for more of the same from him in our upcoming meets.”
• 100-meter dash — 1. New Haven’s Michael Leath (11.66); 2. Union’s Narvell Smith; 3. Pacific’s Kyle Burgess.
• 200-meter dash — 1. St. Clair’s Rickey Grivetti (23.52); 2. Pacific’s Dillion Bowers; 3. Affton’s Conner McNeil.
• 400-meter dash — 1. Pacific’s Kyle Burgess (52.58); 2. Washington’s Adam Jones; 3. Borgia’s Luke Schriewer.
• 800-meter run — 1. New Haven’s William Smith (2:06.24); 2. Pacific’s Joon Kim; 3. Sullivan’s Chris Erxleben.
• 1,600-meter run — 1. Sullivan’s Uriah Heady (4:42.29); 2. Washington’s Travis Elbert; 3. Potosi’s Jacob Reese.
• 3,200-meter relay — 1. Sullivan’s Heady (10:27.39); 2. Potosi’s Thomas Gross; 3. Pacific’s Michael Stinson.
• 110-meter high hurdles — 1. Union’s Trevor King (15.15); 2. Borgia’s Rob Vossbrink; 3. Pacific’s Ben Cates.
• 300-meter intermediate hurdles — 1. Union’s King (42.4); 2. Affton’s Khalen Fredieu; 3. St. Clair’s Jacob Meisel.
• 400-meter relay — 1. St. Clair (45.24); 2. Pacific; 3. Washington.
• 800-meter relay — 1. Pacific (1:33.5); 2. St. Clair; 3. Potosi.
• 1,600-meter relay — 1. Pacific (3:37.05); 2. St. Clair; 3. Union.
• 3,200-meter relay — 1. Pacific (8:35.21); 2. Washington; 3. Sullivan.
• Shot put — 1. Owensville’s Trevor Nicks (49-6); 2. St. James’ Ryan Pope; 3. Owensville’s Lynde Mantels.
• Discus — 1. St. Clair’s Jake Yerkey (144-3); 2. Washington’s Trevor Shockley; 3. Hermann’s Tyler Englert.
• High jump — 1. Union’s King (5-10); 2. Washington’s Dillon Quaethem; 3. Pacific’s Cates.
• Pole vault — 1. St. Clair’s Kyle Juergens (11-0); 2. Affton’s Kyle McAllister; 3. Sullivan’s Lane Schmidt.
• Long jump — 1. St. Clair’s Spencer Crumbaugh (21-4); 2. Union’s Ryan Coons; 3. St. Clair’s Terrance Stahlman.
• Triple jump — 1. St. Clair’s Josh Martin (39-5); 2. Union’s King; 3. Potosi’s Dustin Wideman.