Orion boys' track competes at two meets

Mindy Carls
Dolan Cherry of Orion races to the finish in the 100-meter dash preliminaries at the Mercer County Golden Eagles Invitational on Wednesday, April 27, at Sherrard.

Orion boys have competed at two track and field meets recently, the Mercer County Golden Eagles Invitational on Wednesday, April 27, and the Tiger Relays on Friday, April 29.

Both meets were on Sherrard’s all-weather track.

Golden Eagles Invitational

Danny DeBacker finished fourth in the 400-meter dash, recording a time of 54.40 seconds.

Matt McVietty was sixth in the 1600 run. His time was 5:14.30.

Austin Anderson ran the 800 in 2:16.50 for sixth place.

The Chargers came in sixth in the 3200 relay. Clocking 9:45.00 were Anderson, DeBacker, McVietty and Brian Doxstader.

Sprinters included Dolan Cherry, 13.30 in the 100 and 31.10 in the 200, and Jon Nicholson, 33.40 in the 200.

Over longer distances, Hartsfield was timed at 5:49.10 in the 1600 and 12:04.20 in the 3200.

Doxstader completed the 300 hurdles in 49.30.

In the 400 relay, Luke Helling, Ben VanDuyne, Eric Heald and David Aguilera were timed at 54.00.

The 800 relay of Helling, Doxstader, Heald and Aguilera finished at 1:49.50.

Chargers in field events were Nicholson, 32 feet, 1 inch, and Heald, 25-5 1/2, in shot put; Aguilera, 76-2, and Patrick Bock, 58-2, in discus; DeBacker, 17-4, and Doxstader, 15-5 1/2, in long jump; and Helling, 33-0 in triple jump.

Rockridge and Mercer County tied atop the team standings with 95 points, followed by Monmouth-Roseville, 89 1/2; Biggsville West Central, 67 1/2; Sherrard, 65; Galva, 44; ROWVA, 26; Ridgewood, 22; Monmouth United, 16; and Orion, 7.

Tiger Relays

Chargers scoring on the track included DeBacker, fourth at 54.20 in the 400; Anderson, fifth at 2:14.20 in the 800; McVietty, fifth at 5:17.40 in the 1600; Hartsfield, seventh at 12:12.60 in the 3200; and Aguilera, eighth at 12.40 in the 100.

Earning points for eighth place finishes were Helling, Doxstader, Aguilera and DeBacker, 48.90 in the varsity 400 relay, and VanDuyne, Cherry, Nicholson and Hartsfield, 55.90 in the frosh-soph 400 relay.

Other Charger relays in eighth place were Heald, Doxstader, Aguilera and Helling, 1:46.00 in the 800; Nicholson, Cherry, VanDuyne and Aguilera, 2:02.60 in the 800 sprint medley; and DeBacker, Anderson, Helling and Doxstader, 3:51.20 in the 1600.

Also scoring in field events were DeBacker, sixth in the long jump at 19-1 1/4; Austin Anderson, sixth in high jump at 5-2; VanDuyne, seventh in triple jump at 33-7 1/2; Heald, eighth in shot put at 34-7 1/4; and Block, eighth in discus at 71-1/2.

Alleman finished first with 126 points; Sherrard, second, 93; Mercer County, third, 86 1/2; Rockridge, fourth, 84; Monmouth-Roseville, fifth, 78; Knoxville, sixth, 77; Kewanee, seventh, 55; and Orion, eighth, 31 1/2.

When boys’ and girls’ team scores were combined, Alleman was first with 212 points, followed by Sherrard, 207; Rockridge, 163; Mon-Rose, 150; Mercer County, 139 1/2; Knoxville, 136; Kewanee, 124; and Orion, 103 1/2.