Panthers places in four events, finishes eighth at State

Des Moines – Pekin put together another solid year of competition on the Blue Oval May 16-18 at the State track meet. While they weren’t expected to win the title for a second straight year, the Panthers cobbled together a group of guys this season and finished up with a top-10 placement in the state, medaling in four different events.

Day One – Devin Fraise was the first Panther to face competition, having qualified in the Long Jump. He started out with a foul, followed by a jump of 18’-11.25” and concluded by jumping 19’-3.25”. Fraise missed out on making the finals, placing 17th overall.

The Panthers then had their quartet of Fraise, Cole Earnest, Quinn Ledger and Lathe Crochet run in the prelims of the shuttle hurdle relay, hoping to make it to the finals for day three. They combined to run a time of 1:02.74, placing second in their heat and sixth in prelims, successfully advancing them and guaranteeing a medal.

Shortly after getting that spark, it was Brady Millikin and Colten Glosser’s turn to pick up some points in the 3200m run. Both started out just behind the lead pack and slowly fell back, running in the middle of the field a majority of the eight laps. There was some controversy when the bell-ringer accidentally rang the final lap bell a lap too soon, and thus, confusion ensued with some of the athletes stopping and others continuing. After some deliberation, officials decided to call the race after the seventh lap, meaning no official times were kept. Brady unofficially was in 13th and Glosser unofficially ended up 20th.

The Panthers ended day one by running their 4x800m relay team which consisted of Tanner Conger, Zack Wise, Glosser and Brady. They wound up running 8:57.20, placing 11th in their section and 23rd overall.

Check out the News-Review's May 21 edition for full results and quotes. 


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