Pekin boys named conference champions

Isaiah Wittrock won the 400m and 800m runs and helped his team to another two victories as they were named conference champions at the SEISC meet on May 3.

The Pekin boys scored points from a variety of different events, which led to the slimmest of margins of victory and being named conference champions at Louisa-Muscatine on May 3. In total, the Panthers earned 154 points, while Wapello took second with 152 points.

    The “scoring” began when Slater Williams took fifth in the discus event, bringing in four points with a best throw of 131’-9.00”. They picked up some more points as Devin Fraise had the third-best distance in the long jump at 18’-0.00”. Williams got back to work in the shot put with a best throw of 42’-2.75”, earning another five points for the Panthers.

    The success merged from the field events to the track as Pekin was able to run the best time in the 800m sprint medley which was run by Keenan Winn, Dayne Eckley, Levi Long and Sam Roth. Those four boys combined to run a time of 1:39.40. Brady Millikin and Colten Glosser picked up 11 more points for their team with third and fourth place finishes in the 3200m run, clocking in ta 10:42.50 and 10:42.74 respectively, both personal records.

    “There wasn’t any doubt about us taking first place,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “I was more disappointed we only won by a couple points. We’d win by 100 yards or more but only get two more points than them.”

    Pekin went on to win the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:37.62 and then took first in the 440m shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:06.02. Monico Requena was able to hold off his 16 competitors in the 100m dash, taking first behind a time of 11.43 seconds. Winn, Fraise, Long and Chandler Eckley racked up another top finish in the 1600m DMR, running a time of 3:48.75.

    The Panthers took first and second in the 400m dash with times of 50.46 seconds by Isaiah Wittrock and 51.24 seconds by Roth. Many of the Pekin stars were back at it in the 4x200m relay in yet another win with a combined time of 1:35.02. The trend briefly snapped but more points were awarded to Pekin when Jordan Hixon finished in fourth place in the 110m hurdles, running a time of 17.62 seconds.

    Wittrock got another win in the 800m run with a time of 2:01.09 and Requena was able to take first in the 200m dash at 23.32 seconds. Millikin took second in the 1600m run with 4:54.18 and Glosser was shortly behind in fourth with a time of 5:09.78.

    Pekin closed out their night with a winning time of 3:33.20 in the 4x400m relay run by Cameron Millikin, Roth, Chandler and Wittrock.

    Other results are as follows:

    Long Jump: Cole Earnest finished ninth (15’-11.00”)

    Discus: Brady Latcham finished 12th (98’-5.00”)

    Shot Put: Logan Kealey finished 11th (35’-7.00”)

    100m dash: Canyon Decker finished 10th (12.72)

    110m hurdles: Devin Fraise finished ninth (20.78)

    800-meter run: Chandler Eckley finished ninth (2:19.90)

    200m dash: Canyon Decker finished ninth (26.09)

    400m hurdles: Cole Earnest finished 11th (1:09.50)

    “This was kind of a learning meet for us, but we got done what we wanted to,” Eidahl said. “A lot of our guys treated it more like a good work out, that was their mentality. We should make at least 10 events to State.”

    The Pekin boys weren’t back in competition until May 10 when they traveled to Eddyville Blakesburg-Fremont on May 10 for the District meet.