Card, Landon place at boys state track
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Daniel Card’s discus performance and Jason Landon’s run in the 800-meters were good enough to qualify for Saturday’s Class 1A state track and field finals at O’Brien Field in Charleston.
Both Carlinville juniors advanced after stellar performances Thursday in the state semifinals.
Card participated in both the discus and the shot put on Thursday. The discus was held later in the afternoon. He finished second in his flight at 147-feet-four inches, and qualified for the state final on Saturday.
Card tied for the seventh longest toss in the discus. Ty Kinkelaar of Effingham St. Anthony had the longest toss of 164-feet-6 inches. Card trailed only Andy Bird of Warsaw in his flight (149-feet-six inches).
Inside the O’Brien Field complex, Landon set his sights on the finals of the 800-meter run.
The first 400-meters had Landon in the middle of the pack, but a late surge down the stretch helped him to finish a tight second place in his flight, in a time of 1:58.65.
Jacob Bryan of Illini West won the heat at 1:58.14. All 12 qualifiers for the finals finished inside of the two minute mark. The overall leader was Brandon Schnitker of Nashville, at 1:57.12. Landon’s time was the seventh fastest overall.
Staunton’s Andrew Glynn cleared 13-feet in the pole vault Thursday and qualified for the state finals on Saturday.
Carlinville’s 4 x 800 relay team of Grayson Armour, Samuel Mock, Briley Roper and Jacob Landon – all four coming back next year – finished ninth in their heat in a time of 8:52.92.
Card finished second in his flight in the shot put at 46-feet, but did not qualify for the finals. The cutoff for the finals was 48-feet-2 inches.
Mt. Olive’s Ethan Swenson participated in three events at state. He high jumped five-feet-11 inches; participated in the 110-meter high hurdles, third in his heat at 15.62 seconds, and in the 300-low hurdles, finished third in his heat at 41.70 seconds.
Other area state competitors included Anthony Richardson of Gillespie, who fouled in the triple jumped.
Josh Weller of North Mac tossed the discus 133-feet in his flight.
In the 100-meter dash, Carson Rantanen of Staunton was sixth in his heat at 11.49 seconds.
North Mac’s Jacob Bounds finished fourth in his heat of the 200-meters at 23.22 seconds.
Carlinville’s Charles Helton IV in the 3200-meter run joined Card and Landon in Saturday’s finals.
Glynn of Staunton also joined the state finals as a local county participant.
Landon finished seventh in the 800-meters, Card was ninth in the discus and Glynn finished third in the pole vault finals.
The 800-meter final featured a plethora of runners whose time under 2:00 on Thursday enabled them to advance.
Landon was one of those runners. On Saturday, he bettered his time from Thursday by running 1:57.35, more than a second less than Thursday’s performance.
Still, it was good for a seventh place finish for the Cavalier junior. The race was won by Riley Wells of Rockford Christian in 1:52.84.
In the discus, Card equaled his distance from Thursday, with a best toss of 147-feet-4 inches. It would be good for a ninth place finish in state. Kinkelaar of St. Anthony won with a distance of 164-feet-6 inches.
In the 3200-meter run, Charles Helton of Carlinville finished 20th overall, in a time of 10:23.27. Logan Hall of Arthur-Lovington was the winner at 9:13.74.
Glynn pole vaulted 14-feet on Saturday, good for a third place finish for the Staunton Bulldogs. The winner was Cameron Witts of Williamsville, which cleared 14-feet-nine inches.