Area athletes excelled Saturday in the Class 1A boys track and field state finals at Eastern Illinois University.
Illini Bluffs sophomore Michael Hill finished second in triple jump. His jump of 45 feet, 7 inches was a school record.
Tremont’s Dalton Petro, Leland Sumer, Eli Finnegan and Isaiah Rumbold finished fourth in the 4x800 relay in a season-best 8:11.59, Deer Creek-Mackinaw’s Gary Cates was fifth in the 800, Jackson Sheckler of Illini Bluffs was seventh in shot put and eighth in discus, and Dee-Mack was fifth in the 4x400 relay.
Weyrich picks Monmouth
Midwest Central basketball standout Jake Weyrich announced earlier this month that will continue his career at Monmouth College.
The 6-foot-7 Weyrich was a two-time all-conference selection at Midwest Central. He blocked 59 shots while playing for the Raiders.
Skipp Reining was Weyrich’s coach in junior high school and high school.
“Jake is a wonderful kid who continued to improve each year on both ends of the floor,” Reining said. “His work really showed during his senior year. Jake also is a strong student who I’m sure will be a successful student-athlete at Monmouth.”
Todd Skrivseth, who is heading into his seventh season as the Monmouth coach, is happy to have Weyrich on board.
“Jake’s size and skill will allow him to compete for an opportunity on our front line,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the impact he will make at Monmouth over the next four years.”
Zimmer is MVP
Senior Maddison Zimmer from Delavan was chosen the Most Valuable Performer on the Illinois Wesleyan University women’s track and field team.
Zimmer won the 400 and was second in the 200 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin outdoor championships. She won the 400 and 800 and was a member of Illinois Wesleyan’s second-place 4x400 relay team at the CCIW indoor championships.
Zimmer was a three-time CCIW Women’s Track Athlete of the Week during the season.
Twenty Illinois Wesleyan team members won letters. Among them were Zimmer, junior Amelia Glueck from Tremont and sophomore Jillian Runyon from Tremont.
Two holes-in-one were shot recently at Parkview Golf Course in Pekin.
Cory Pfanz aced the 157-yard, par-3 10th hole Monday. He used a 7-iron.
Kenneth Lee had a hole-in-one May 5 on the 133-yard eighth hole. He used a driver.
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