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West Central Tracksters Excel

The West Central High School Track & Field teams headed to Macomb on Friday, April 7, for the Lee Calhoun Invitational Meet on the campus of Western Illinois University.

Although a bit short-handed for the meet due to opening night of the school play, the Heat was represented well in Macomb.

Darick Clark dashed down the track in 11.0 seconds to take first in the men's 100 meter dash.

Theresa Brokaw pushed a grueling pace in the 1600 meter run (5:17.1) to defeat perennial power Katelyn Bastert of Carthage. Brokaw also earned second place in her first time out at the 3200 meter distance this year with a time of 12:13.5.

Rachel Jack took first place honors in the meet's feature event, the 100 meter hurdles with a blazing time of 16.2. Jack also placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles (51.2). Miriam Rutzen leaped to first place in the high jump (4'10") despite darkness and cold conditions in that, the last event to finish.

Josh Harkness powered his way to second place in the shot put with a toss of 43'3".

In the girls' 4x200 relay the Heat were without the services of Brandie Lindo who was involved in the school play. When Lindsey Dilsaver went home before the event due to illness things might have looked bleak for some teams, but Shayna Perry stepped in to sub and with Rutzen, Jack, and Laura Hoover the Heat streaked to second place in a time of 1:56.1.

West Central Scoring Results:

Boys Shot Put: Josh Harkness-2nd (43'3"), Jayson Sams-5th (39'9")

Girls Discus: Ciara Robinson-4th (88'9.5")

Boys Discus: Josh Harkness-6th (105'2.5")

Girls Long Jump: Laura Hoover-4th (14'7.5")

Girls Triple Jump: Miriam Rutzen-3rd (29'3.5")

Boys Triple Jump: Bill Blakely-3rd (35'3.5")

Girls High Jump: Miriam Rutzen-1st (4'10")

Boys 4x800 Relay: Housman, Koopmans, S. Lindo, Smith-5th (9:47.4)

Boys 4x100 Relay: Clark, Koopmans, Housman, Blakely-6th (50.1)

Girls 3200 Run: Theresa Brokaw-2nd (12:13.5)

Boys 3200 Run: Charlie Smith-6th (12:16.1)

Girls 100 Hurdles: Rachel Jack-1st (16.2)

Boys 100 Dash: Darick Clark-1st (11.0)

Boys 800 Run: Layton Housman-5th (2:19.0)

Girls 4x200: Jack, Rut-zen, Perry, Hoover-2nd (1:56.1)

Boys 4x200: Buss, Ware, Smith, Lauchli-6th (2:04.2)

Boys 400 Dash: Dan Koopmans-5th (56.1)

Girls 300 Hurdles: Rachel Jack-2nd (51.2)

Girls 1600: Theresa Brokaw-1st (5:17.1)

Boys 1600: Layton Housman-5th (5:17.1)

Girls 200: Laura Hoover-6th (28.9)

Team Scores: GIRLS

Carthage 122, Knoxville 97, Liberty 79, Macomb 72, West Central 69, Beardstown 54, Pittsfield 49, Farmington 34.


Farmington 149, Macomb 144, Pittsfield 90, Knoxville 68, West Central 38, Beardstown 36, Liberty 29.