CANTON — There were no broken records at the Mid-Illini Conference boys track and field meet Tuesday, other than the one that continues to play “Metamora is your conference champions.”
Weather conditions kept the personal records down, but it did not keep Metamora from winning a fifth consecutive league championship on a drizzly night at Ron Fahnestock Field.
And the Redbirds spread the wealth around this time, with nine different individuals earning league titles. Victories in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays gave Metamora 11 wins in 18 events.
“That’s amazing,” Metamora coach Chuck Danner said of the Redbirds winning five straight. “We just come and compete and have fun. It’s a very unique group of people that love track and love competing. They’re a team, and we try to foster that from the ground up, from freshman to everybody in the program."
Metamora racked up 195 points to outdistance runner-up Pekin (112) by 83 points. Dunlap was third (79) and Washington fourth (48).
Victories in four of the six field events gave Metamora a surge going onto the track. The field wins came from Mitchell McKelvey in the pole vault (14 feet, 0 inches), William Wiegand in the long jump (19-4 ½), Joe Cardin in the high jump (5-10) and Joe Burch in the discus (142-5).
Washington opened the track with a win in the 4x800 relay, in 8 minutes, 27.39 seconds.
But Metamora would add to the relay wins with victories from Adam Gilbreath-Glaub in the 3200 (9:53.11), Zach Poston in the 100 (:11.52), Jacob Gray in the 800 (2:02.89), Andrew Springer in the 400 (:52.87) and a 1-2 finish from John Gatton (:23.05) and Springer in the 200.
To show the depth and competitiveness of the conference, there were no double individual winners.
“Metamora is Metamora,” said Pekin coach Eric McCann. “They always come out here and compete. This has been their meet. Everybody did a great job competing in not an ideal night for conditions.”
The Dragons swept the hurdles, with sophomore Logan Buck winning the 110s (:15.84) and classmate Dawson Vest outdueling Buck in the 300s (:42.03). Vest's win was his first over Buck.
“It’s kinda neat they get to share conference championships in the hurdles,” McCann said. “They’ve both been beating on each other all season.”
Pekin also received a shot put title from Ethan Trumpy (47-6).
Morton junior Sam Lange turned in one of the top performances of the night as he claimed the 1600 in 4:33.84 — bettering Metamora’s top distance duo of Gilbreath-Glaub and area-leader Gray. Lange took the lead going into the second lap, lost it to Gray late and then pulled ahead late.
“I knew it was going to be pretty quick, so I tried not to go out towards the front of the pack,” said Lange. "I stayed back and worked my way into the front. Once I got in the front I tried to make a gap as big as I could. Then Gray caught me on the last lap. With 300 left, I just started catching him and (said), ‘Here I go.’ And tried to make the best of my kick.”
Other wins came from Canton senior Doug Cannon in the triple jump (39-11 ½) and Dunlap in the 4x400.
Stan Morris can be reached at 686-3214 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @stanmorrispjs