Boys Varsity Track & Field
Game Summaries & Headlines.
Crawford County's Gabi Gaines finished strong in both of her distance races with second-place finishes in the 1,600, above, and 3,200 meter runs.
Nickelson made three attempts at 6-6, but wind conditions worsened, leaving the Crawford County senior at 6-4.
"The wind was a little bit of a factor," Nickelson said. "You've just got to alter your steps a little bit. It pushes you out when you're running. Mainly in my head, 'I just want to win. I don't care if I win by an inch or three inches. I just want to get a win.' I wanted to repeat. That was my whole motivation. I just want to get a repeat and end senior year and conference on a good note."
Crandall made three attempts at 5-7 hoping to set a new conference record. The freshman missed badly on her first attempt then barely brushed the bar on her second attempt. The wind picked up as she made her third attempt and the bar came flying down.
"I was so close," Crandall said. "The only thing that got it was the back of my leg. It's the body part that gets it. That time I felt like my speed was perfect, and I've been really working on it lately.
"Have you ever thrown a pole and it bounces? We're kind of working on that in high jump, and it has really helped me get my height up. I felt like I did that so good right there. I've just got to keep working on my legs right there. If I get my legs over, I could have had that so easily."
Crandall was also second in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 6 inches. Orleans' Hadleigh Smith won the event with a strong performance of 16 feet, 1-1/2 inches. In the boys' long jump, Valley's Garon Gadau had a good day with a winning jump of 21 feet, 2 inches.
In the throwing events, Perry Central sophomore Claire Davis won both the discus and shot put, slinging the discus 100 feet, 7 inches, with Crawford County's Leann Schwartz finishing third at 78-5. In the shot put, Davis won with a distance of 34 feet, 6-1/4 inches.
Perry Central's Marcus Graham, right, and Crawford County's Christian Carlton pace through the early part of the 1,600 meters Friday night at the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference track meet. Graham later pulled away to win.
In the first running events, Perry County swept the boys' and girls' 3,200-meter relay events, with the Commodores finishing in 9:11.20 and the Lady Commodores winning in 11:13.40. Crawford County placed third in both events with times of 9:38.17 for the boys and 11:31.20 in the girls' category.
In the hurdles, Nickelson and Springs Valley's Caitlyn Reynolds made the sweep. Nickelson won the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 16.25 seconds and later the 300-meter low hurdles in 42.17 seconds. Perry Central's James Clay was second behind Nickelson in both events.
"I really wanted to PR in this one (the highs) because I knew there would be a lot of good competition," Nickelson said. "The race felt really good, probably my best of the year. It's a good night so far."
In the girls' races, Reynolds finished the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.21 seconds to win, with Perry Central's Payton Emmons second in 16.48. Reynolds' time of 49.92 won the 300 hurdles, with Emmons second again at 52.83. Reynolds also won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.09 seconds, with Crawford County's Crandall second in 13.61.
Reynolds also won the Outstanding Female award, barely edging Mitchell distance runner Cierra Bell. Both won three individual events with the difference coming in the relays, Reynold's 400-meter relay team winning its race, while Bell's 3,200-meter relay team finished second in its event.
"Things have just worked really well, and I've tried to stay as dry as I can and get warmed up as good as I can so do my best when I run," Reynolds said, adding the headwind on the backstretch made her 300 race more difficult. "It was a little rough. I was not expecting it. Getting out of the block, I was, 'Oh, my goodness.' I just pushed through and got through it."
Springs Valley also had a big night in the boys' sprints with sophomore Isiah Pantiere winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Pantiere was also on the winning 400-meter relay team for the Blackhawks, challenging for
the Outstanding Male award, but that was won by Nickelson, who finished fifth in the 200-meter dash to edge Pantiere.
"My goal tonight was to get the overall score," Nickelson said after running his first 200 final. "It helps give you some confidence. It gives you an idea of what you can do."
Mitchell's Cierra Bell easily won the 1,600 meters in a time of 5:51.95 and, soon after, won the 800 meters in 2:36.28. Bell tripled up, winning the 3,200 meters, as well, finishing in 13:12.08. Crawford County's Gabi Gaines finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at times of 6:12.69 and 13:40.98, respectively.
Gaines was in fifth place going into the second half of the 1,600 race after getting boxed in at the start.
"I started speeding it up more," the Crawford County freshman said after the 1,600. "I realized I was in a bad place right there. I was on the inside ring, so I had to get over them. I sprinted on the straightaway, and I just got up there with her. I set my mind that I just go for it."
Gaines said she was surprised to see Bell's quick pace at the start with the Mitchell freshman quickly getting a 50-meter lead in the first lap.
"I was a little shocked," Gaines said. "I thought she was going to slow down a little because she started out, for me, a little too fast. But, then, through the half of it, I started to realize that she's a really good runner, and I wanted to try to get up there at least a little."
Perry Central's Marcus Graham quadded up and won both the boys' 1,600 meters (4:37.92) and 3,200 meters (10:07.96). Graham finished second in the 800 meters in a time of 2:11.66, behind winner Luke Tincher (2:04.96) of Orleans and was on the Commodores' winning 800-meter relay team. Crawford County's Christian Carlton battled with Graham in the two longer events, finishing second in the 1,600 in a time of 4:49.81 and 10:39.96 in the 3,200 meters.
"I know it's a good race when me and him are racing together," Graham said. "My goal is just race to win, don't worry about time. When I hit three laps, I thought, 'OK, we're on a 4:40 pace, so we're a little bit slow.' I just had to pick it up on that last lap and go."
"We're looking at this, since I'm quadding up, as the third straight practice of the week," he said. "I'm just doing the 4-by-800 and the two-mile, so we'll start training for the two mile and working on that more after today."
"I was just aiming for 4:45 and, then, when I got around the corner, he started taking off, and coach told me to just back up a little and save it for the 3,200," Carlton said. "The temperature is all right. I'd like for it to be a little bit warmer, but this weather is perfectly fine, too."
Athletes from all the teams now have a week to prepare for next week's sectional where the goal is to reach the state finals in Bloomington at Indiana University.
"I'll probably take a day off to get some rest and then just focus and keep doing what I've been doing," Nickelson said. "I'll keep trying to see if I can get a couple of more inches (in the high jump) to see if I can push (Brandon) Eberle, from Pekin, out."
"It's one of those big-meet practices where you want to win," Crandall said. "I'm going to work on blocks. They say blocks, it's supposed to shave a second off your time. I've never done blocks before, and they were, like, 'Tonight's the night. If you're going to run sectional, you've got to learn blocks. In the high jump, it's just technique and practicing.
"So far, this PLAC has been a great experience. I'm glad I kicked it in and showed my stuff, what I could actually do."
Girls' Team Scores - Springs Valley 134.5, Mitchell 99, Perry Central 97, Crawford County 68, Orleans 41.5, Paoli 32, West Washington 2
Girls' Individual Results - 100 meters-1. Reynolds (SV) 13.02, 2. Haylea Crandall (CC) 13.61, 3. Bryanna Roach (SV) 13.78; 200 meters-1. Alanna (SV) 27.52, 2. Hadeigh Smith (O) 28.25, 3. Haylea Crandall (CC) 28.16; 400 meters-1. Alanna Nelson (SV) 1:03.25, 2. Hadleigh Smith (O) 1:03.82, 3. Avery Rogeres (Pa) 1:06.73; 800 meters-1. Cierra Bell (M) 2:36.28, 2. Elizabeth Dauby (PC) 2:40.84, 3. Aliegha Punturi (SV) 2:44.78; 1,600 meters-1. Cierra Bell (M) 5:51.95, 2. Gabi Gaines (CC) 6:12.69, 3. Kindra Mangel (PC) 6:17.08; 3,200 meters-1. Cierra Bell (M) 13:12.08, 2. Gabi Jenkins (CC) 13:40.98, 3. Elizabeth Dauby (PC) 13:57.31; 100-meter hurdles-1. Caitlyn Reynolds (SV) 16.21, 2. Payton Emmons (PC) 16:48, 3. Liz Radcliff (Pa) 17.63; 300-meter hurdles-1. Caitlyn Reynolds (SV) 49.92, 2. Payton Emmons (PC) 52.83, 3. Mikaela Robbins (Pa) 53.53; 400-meter relay-1. Springs Valley 54.02, 2. Mitchell 54.96, 3. Perry Central 53.77; 1,600-meter relay-1. Mitchell 4:34.60, 2. Springs Valley 4:44.69, 3. Paoli 4:49.12; 3,200-meter relay-1. Perry Central 11:13.40, 2. Mitchell 11:27.00, 3. Crawford County 11:31.20; High jump-1. Haylea Crandall (CC) 5-2, 2. Jasmine Blais (M) 4-10, 3. Jewel McCormick (SV) 4-4; Long jump-1. Hadleigh Smith (O) 16-1-1/2, 2. Haylea Crandall (CC) 15-6, 3. Bryanna Roach (SV) 14-9; Discus-1. Claire Davis (PC) 100-7, 2. Abyele Cruz (SV) 83-6, 3. Leann Schwartz (CC) 78-5; Shot put-1. Claire Davis (PC) 34-6-1/4, 2. Lauren Dibert (O) 30-5-3/4, 3. Marissa Mechan (SV) 30-4-3/4
Boys' Team Scores - Springs Valley 120, Perry Central 107, Paoli 84, Crawford County 72, Mitchell 51, Orleans 25, West Washington 6
Boys' Individual Results - 100 meters-1. Isiah Pantiere (SV) 11.18, 2. Brayden Davis (M) 11.67, 3. Kaisen Ames (Pa); 200 meters-1. Isiah Pantiere (SV) 22.94, 2. Kaisen (Pa) 23.91, 3. Garon Gadau (SV) 24.12; 400 meters-1. Isiah Pantiere (SV) 52.98, 2. Brayden Davis (M) 53.55, 3. Garon Gadau (SV) 53.91; 800 meters-1. Luke Tincher (O) 2:04.96, 2. Marcus Graham (PC) 2:11. 66, 3. Bryce Farmer (WW) 2:12.09; 1,600 meters-1. Marcus Graham (PC) 4:37.92, 2. Christian Carlton (CC) 4:49.81, 3. Justin Curtis (SV) 4:59.38; 3,200 meters-1. Marcus Graham (CC) 10:07.96, 2. Christian Carlton (CC) 10:39.96, 3. Owen Burgar (SV) 10:50.36; 110-meter hurdles-1. Ty Nickelson (CC) 16.25, 2. Clay James (PC) 16.40, 3. Landon Chastain (Pa) 16.59; 300-meter hurdles-1. Ty Nickelson (CC) 42.17, 2. Clay James (PC) 42.64, 3. Landon Chastain (Pa) 43.78; 400-meter relay-1. Springs Valley 46.64, 2. Mitchell 47.38, 3. Perry Central 47.60; 1,600-meter relay-1. Paoli 3:40.43, 2. Perry Central 3:40. 58, 3. Mitchell 3:44.93; 3,200-meter relay-1. Perry Central 9:11.20, 2. Springs Valley 9:22.71, 3. Crawford County 9:38.17; High jump-1. Ty Nickelson (CC) 6-4, 2. Matthew Jenkins (M) 6-3, 3. Cain Hohne (PC) 6-2; Long jump-1. Garon Gadau (SV) 21-2, 2. Kaisen Ames (Pa) 19-6-1/4, 3. Wyatt Purkhiser (SV) 18-5-3/4; Discus-1. Jacob Bates (SV) 136-3, 2. Cameron Marples (CC) 134-03, 3. Tyson Whaley (Pa) 118-3; Shot put-1. Jacob Bates (SV) 51-06, 2. Zane Anderson (Pa) 45-2-1/4, 3. Tyson Whaley (Pa) 43-11-1/2