Eagles overall winner at Relays

Adam Larck
Cameron Okeke jumps during the triple jump portion of the field events. Okeke finished in second in both the triple jump and long jump.

A cold and windy day Thursday could not stifle Dunlap’s spirits after winning the 32 annual Eagle Relays.

Out of 12 teams, the Eagles finished in first with 139 points, 12.17 ahead of second place Eureka.

On the boys side, the team was first out of eight teams with 102 points. Eureka finished in second with 71.83 points.

“I’m extremely happy that we won the meet,” boys coach Mark Klokkenga said. “I thought going into the meet that we had a chance to win it, and the kids came through.”

The day started off with the six field events before starting the track portion of the event.

For the boys, Cameron Okeke finished second in both the long jump (19-feet-5-inches) and triple jump (37-7.5). Dunlap also finished second and third in the high jump with Tyler Blum jumping 6-0 and Justin Maskrey jumping 5-10.

Cody Durand picked up eight points for the team in the pole vault by finishing in second with a vault of 12-0.

“I think all the vaulters struggled (Thursday) with the wind,” Klokkenga said. “There was a good strong headwind.”

He added that the wind was a major factor in the meet, and probably interfered more than helping.

Jacob Retz and Michael Gibbons also added some points for the team in discus and shot put. Retz finished in fourth in discus with a distance of 120-05, while Gibbons took fourth in shot put with 39-10.5.

“We came out of the field events with a good lead,” Klokkenga said.

In the track events, the Eagles finished third in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8 minutes, 51.56 seconds, and fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 47:93.

The 4x800 team consisted of Everett Lepp, Anthony Holshouser, Zach Leitner and Camren Rohman, while the 4x100 consisted of Zach Carroll, Jeremy Draper, Gibbons and Ryan Hutton.

Next came the 3200-meter run, the event that Klokkenga said was a turning point for the team.

Dunlap managed to rack up 16 points in the event, 10 from first-place finisher Matt Weber (10:02.43), and six from third-place finisher Zach Plank (10:15.40).

“I think that put us over the top in winning that event,” he said.

Dunlap also earned a first-place in the 3x110-meter shuttle hurdle with a time of 50.33.

Other top finishes include a fifth-place finish in the 1600-sprint medley (3:57.85) and a fourth-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay (1:40.63).

The final event, the 4x400-meter relay, was canceled due to weather.

“The weather has kind of hurt us in what we want to do,” Klokkenga said. “We’ve lost three good meets in the past few weeks.”

He said last year’s Relays were canceled due to the weather as well.

Dunlap travels to the Normal West Invite Friday before going to the Mid-Illini Conference Meet May 10.

Girls track and field

The Eagles contributed to an overall first-place school finish with a fifth-place finish of 37 points. Galesburg took first for the girls teams with 80 points.

Kendryn Orrison started things off for the Eagles with a third-place finish in the discus with a distance of 101-0.

Natalie Alderman also earned a point for the team with her sixth-place finish in the pole vault with a vault of 8-0.

Damilola Taiwo rounded out the point-getters in the field events with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. She had a distance of 31-05.

On the track side, the girls 4x100-meter relay team finished in third-place with a time of 52.94. Members of the team were Grace Xu, Kiara Brown, Anna Sandifar and Norris Akpan.

This group also finished in fourth in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:54.39.

The girls 800-meter sprint medley also earned points for the team with a fourth-place finish in 2:01.72. Members of the medley were Emily Kim, Cassie Gibbons, Mickayla Alexander and Peyton Curtin.

The Eagles also earned six points from a third-place finish in the 3x100-meter shuttle hurdle. The team finished with a time of 54.71, .27 behind second-place finishers Wethersfield.

The only solo runner to get points for the girls team was Leah Brooks, who finished second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:09.24. Brooks was 2.24 seconds off the first-place time.

The final event, the 4x400-meter relay, was canceled due to weather.

The girls’ next event is Friday at the Meet of Champions at EastSide Centre before going to the Mid-Illini Conference Meet May 5 at Pekin.