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Wildcats earn tickets to state meet

By Justin Walker
updated: 5/18/2017 11:09 PM

MASCOUTAH -- None of the Wildcats won an event, but several Marion High School boys track and field athletes extended their seasons Thursday at the Mascoutah 2A Sectional meet.

Athletes can advance to the IHSA's State Track and Field Meet by either placing first or second or meeting a qualifying standard in their event at the sectional.

Marion seniors Tucker Sullivan and Jack Bunting both qualified in the shot put, placing second and third behind Carbondale senior phenom Sam Sikon.

Sullivan's best throw was 52-10.5, while Bunting threw a top mark of 51-9.5 to easily pass the qualifying line.

Sikon was the winner with a top throw of 64-6. Sikon also won the discus at 170-9.

In the discus, Bunting placed fifth at 139-11 and Sullivan was sixth at 139-1, leaving both short of the qualifying mark of 144-6.

Marion senior Zach Young qualified in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:28.54, placing just behind Carterville junior Austin Knight (4:25.70).

Young had already ran the 3,200 and placed fourth in 10:06.47, failing to meet the qualifying time.

Marion freshman John Bruce also ran the 1,600 and missed out with a third-place time of 4:34.33.

Marion junior Ian Gilcrist cleared 13-1 in the pole vault to place fourth but advance due to meeting the qualifying standard.

Jaden Lacy, another junior, placed third in the long jump and qualified by posting a mark of 21-7.5 on his third jump, then scratched out of the finals.

Sophomore Stuart Adkinson placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.02 that was good enough to advance. He finished behind Cahokia's Keondre Wells (14.87) and Harrisburg's Niko Neal (14.90).

The qualifying time in that race was 15.29 seconds.

Adkinson also ran the 300 hurdles and placed second behind Neal with a time of 39.97 -- Neal's time was 39.59 -- and gets a chance to run that event as well at the state prelims.

Levi Bryant, a junior, was fourth in the 400 at 51.99 but did not meet the qualifying time -- which was 51.10 seconds.

Senior Luke Rakers went 6-1 in the high jump but placed fourth and did not qualify for state, needing two more inches.

Senior Trevell Whitehorn came in seeded second in the triple jump but fouled on all three attempts and did not post a mark.

Marion's 3,200 relay recorded a strong time of 8:15.09 but placed third and did not advance, missing out by five seconds. The 1,600 relay placed fourth in 3:32.29. The Wildcats did not run in the 400 or 800 relays.

Marion was second as a team behind Cahokia, which won the regional title plaque with 122.5 points. The Wildcats' total of 77 points did finish ahead of forming rival Mascoutah, however, by 5.5 points.

The 2A state prelims will be held Friday at O'Brien Stadium on the Eastern Illinois University campus, with the finals the following day for those who advance.