New publication benefits county track teams

New publication benefits county track teams

A new publication that covers the long and rich history of the Macoupin County Boys Track Meet is still available at the high schools of Macoupin County.

The Macoupin County Boys Track Meet: Milestones and Memories, Volume. 1 offers a fast-moving, easy-to-read 84-page overview of the first 75 years of the meet, which originated in 1904. The publication was released in late April and has been extremely well-received across the area.

This first of three planned volumes takes a look at the top teams and top performers of the meet, including some of their careers after their high school days. Some of the greatest individual performers in any sport in Macoupin County have been stars of the county track meet, which began as a four-team affair in 1904 and is considered one of the oldest meets of its kind in any sport in the state.

All copies of Milestones and Memories are being given to the track teams of Macoupin County, which will sell them for their own fund-raising. The full proceeds of any purchase of a booklet in each Macoupin County district will support the hometown high school track squad. The cost of each booklet is $10.

The project was the conception of Dave Jokisch, who led the Carlinville High School boys track team to a record 21 county titles in a 27 year coaching career that concluded with an IHSA state title in 1996. He contacted Tom Emery, an acclaimed writer and researcher from Carlinville and the longtime Northwestern High School public-address announcer, as well as the late Andy Easton, the well-respected former Carlinville and Gillespie coach in multiple sports. Emery handled the writing and research, while Easton’s records are used.

Emery is beginning work on the final two volumes of the project. Volume 2 will cover the boys’ meet from 1979 to the present, while Volume 3 will detail the girls’ meet from its introduction in 1973 until the present. When completed, all sales from those publications will also benefit Macoupin County high school track teams. For more information on these upcoming volumes, contact Emery at 217-854-3010 or tomemery11@yahoo.com.

Sales of Volume 1 are being handled at each of the Macoupin County High Schools. For more information at each school, contact:

Greenfield-Northwestern, Nick Troutwine, 217-436-2011;
Carlinville, Darrin DeNeve, 217-854-3104;
Gillespie, Mike Bertagnolli, 217-839-2114;
North Mac, Charlie Pohlman, 217-627-2136;
Staunton, B.J. Ogata, 618-635-2090;
Mount Olive, Shane Schuricht, 217-999-4231;
Bunker Hill, Craig Marshall, 618-585-3232;
Southwestern, Matt Hasquin, 618-729-3211.