The Leopards Brave the Cold to Capture District Title
The Lovejoy Leopards’ varsity boys track team turned in an impressive performance this past Thursday and Saturday at the district track meet hosted at Lovejoy HS. The Leopards’ field event athletes won 5 of 6 events and will have athletes headed to the Area Meet in each event. The Leopards swept the Pole Vault event with 24 points. Colin Engbrock placed first with a 14’0 vault, Michael DesJardins placed 2nd with a 13’3 vault, and Jack Victor placed 3rd with a 13′ even vault. James Rainey placed 1st with a 50’9.5″ throw and Nathaniel Finch placed 4th with a throw of 45’7.5″ in Shot Put. Tyler Van Wagoner placed 3rd in the Triple Jump with a 41′ 5.25″ jump. James Rainey followed up his 1st place throw in the Shot Put with a throw of 156’6″ in the Discus, completing his sweep of the throwing events. He was followed by Nathaniel Finch, with a throw of 144’9″, also earning a trip to the Area Meet. In the High Jump event, Jack Victor earned a gold medal with a jump of 6’0″, following up his 3rd place finish in the Pole Vault and Cade Smith finished 4th with a jump of 5’8″. In the Long Jump, Chase Van Wagoner won the event, on his 1st jump in the finals, with a jump of 22’1″.
The Leopards continued their success in the running events. Bradley Davis placed 2nd and Brett Peterson placed 3rd in the 3200m. The 4x100m Relay team (Will Heath, Jake Chamberlin, Beau Iovinelli, and Ryan Gordon) started off Day 2 defending last year’s 1st place finish, winning with a time of 43.16. Will Muirhead earned a trip to the Area Meet with a 2nd place finish in the 800m, with a time of 2:01.13. The Leopards then had two 2nd place finishers. After setting a new school record in the 110m hurdles at 14.91 on Day 1, Tyler Van Wagoner earned a 2nd place finish in the finals. Then, following his new school record in the 100m (10.66), Ryan Gordon finished 2nd in the finals. The 4x200m Relay team (Hunter Smith, Jake Chamberlin, Beau Iovinelli, and Ryan Gordon) also defended last year’s 1st place finish with a time of 1:29.75. Finishing with a new school record of 21.78 in the preliminary running events, and having the second fastest qualifying time, Jake Chamberlin, won the 200m with another record breaking time of 21.54. Finishing out the list of first place finishers, for the Leopards, Will Muirhead won the 1600m with a time of 4:37.58. Ryan Brands also earned a trip to the Area Meet finishing 4th, with a time of 4:42.91.
In conclusion, The Leopards will be competing at the Area Meet with 17 athletes in 14 of 17 events! Our 4x100m Relay and 4x200m Relay teams advanced, at least one athlete in all field events, 3 athletes in Pole Vault, 2 athletes in 3200m, 1600m, High Jump, Shot Put, and Discus; we scored points in each event except the 400m (7th place finish by 0.03 seconds), District Champions in 9 events, set two new school records (100m and 200m), many personal records, and we scored 197 total points!
The JV Leopards had a great meet as well to end their season. The finished in 3rd place overall.The medalist for the JV boys were Zane Edwards (1st – 3200m), Alex Peterson (2nd – 3200m), Erik Day (3rd – 3200m), Grant Gueller (1st – 800m), Collin Jones (3rd – 800m), Trevor Malik (1st – 1600m), Michael O’Brien (2nd – 1600m), Chayden DuBois (3rd -1600m), Mason Stein (3rd – Shot Put), Anthony Tang (1st – PV), Dylan Neitsch (2nd – PV).
The Varsity boys will continue their season on Thursday, April 9th, at Longview Pine Tree HS for the Area meet.