Litchfield Takes 11 Conference Titles

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The weather wasn’t great, but the results were for the Litchfield track team as both the boys and girls finished second at the South Central Conference track meet in Pana on Thursday, May 27.

The two teams would combine to capture 11 conference championships, with the LHS girls taking six of those titles. The Lady Panthers would finish with 122 points, 40 behind conference champion Pana and 13 ahead of third place finisher Roxana.

Half of Litchfield’s titles would come in individual events, two of which came from seniors. Carson Lemon took the top spot in the 100 meter hurdles, running an 18.16 to beat Pana’s Jessica Gruber by .64 seconds. 

Lemon also took second in the pole vault and was one of three athletes to clear 8’6”, along with Emily Lowis and Kady Perry. Lowis and Lemon both cleared 8’6” on their first attempt, while Perry cleared the height on her second attempt, securing her the third spot. Both Lowis and Lemon would come up short at 9’0”, with Lowis taking the title due to having the fewest misses at previous heights.

Sarah Yakana earned her title in the long jump, posting a best jump of 15’4.5” to beat Hayleigh Chronister by 15 inches. Yakana’s teammate and fellow senior Kate Komor would take third with a mark of 13’7”. In addition to the championship, Yakana also took second in the 200 meters, running a 28.30 to finish behind Brianna Sarver of Pana by 1.31 seconds.

In addition to the two veterans, Litchfield also got a conference title from Kendall Stewart, who took the top spot in the 400 as a freshman. Stewart, who finished second to Sarver in the 100 as well, ran a 1:02.90 to beat Pana’s Lainey Hicks by 1.76 seconds.

Litchfield’s other three titles came in three of the relays as the Panthers won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. Lemon, Stewart and Komor were all part of the 4x100 winners, along with junior Carly Guinn, as the foursome ran a 55.06 to beat Pana by a hundredth of a second.

Komor, Guinn, Yakana and Lily Braasch teamed up for the 4x200 to pick up another win over Pana, running a 1:54.91 to beat the host school by .74 seconds. The two Panthers would also finish one-two in the 4x400, with Komor, Guinn, Stewart and Emma Dively running a 4:26.01 and Pana running a 4:28.81.

In addition to the conference titles, Litchfield also got a second place finish from Guinn in the high jump, with Braasch also taking fifth in the same event. Dively would take third in the 800, while Kylee Eiting was sixth in the 3200 and seventh in the 1600. In the throws, Emma Hughes was seventh in the discus and 12th in the shot put.

Litchfield Boys

Litchfield also picked up a relay title on the boys’ side, one of five championships they took on Thursday. The team of Keenan Powell, Camden Quarton, Brandon Malloy and Will Carlile ran a 3:50.52 to beat Pana by 3.43 seconds.

Litchfield would also finish sixth in the 4x100, seventh in the 4x200 and fourth in the 4x800, with Malloy, Alex DeLaCruz, Allen Schneider and Kevin Pollard running a 9:33.60.

Quarton would account for two individual titles in addition to his work on the 4x800 relay. The LHS freshman took first in the 1600 with a time of 4:44.17, beating Roxana senior Carlos Ruvalcaba by almost 17 seconds, then won the 3200, beating Ruvalcaba again, this time with a time of 10:56.01 to Ruvalcaba’s 11:11.10. Quarton’s teammate Sam Horn finished fifth in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600.

Junior Cameron Crow also had a solid day in Pana, winning the high jump and the 400, with a third place finish in the 200 as well. Crow cleared 1.87 meters in high jump to edge Desmond Gardner by a tenth of a meter. Litchfield freshman Keenan Powell finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.62 meters.

In the 400, Crow ran a time of 51.99 seconds to beat Roxana’s Garrett McBride by more than three seconds.

In addition to his leg of the 4x400, senior Will Carlile also took second in the pole vault, clearing 13’0”, and was third in the 100 with a time of 11.93 seconds. Crow was eighth in the 100, while Paul Cowgill was fifth in pole vault. Cowgill also ran both hurdle events, placing seventh in the 110 meter hurdles and ninth in the 300 meter hurdles.

In other results, Kevin Pollard and Alex DeLaCruz were third and fifth respectively in the 800, while Brandon Malloy and Zach Leitschuh were 10th and 13th in the long jump.

In the throws, Owen Baugher took 11th, while Tug Schwab was 15th in the discus, with the pair finishing 12th and 14th respectively in the shot put.

The Panthers’ success got them 108 points in the team standings, just 14 fewer than Carlinville for the top spot. Roxana would be third with 102 points.

The Litchfield boys will see Carlinville and Gillespie again in the postseason as they are set to be at the Gillespie Sectional on Friday, June 11. The Litchfield girls will be at the North Mac Sectional on Wednesday, June 2, with Carlinville and Gillespie also scheduled to be among the teams competing for a shot at state.

May 27 at Pana

South Central Conference Championships

Girls Team Results: 1. Pana 162; 2. Litchfield 122; 3. Roxana 109; 4. Gillespie 75; 5. Staunton 40; 6. 6. Hillsboro 33; 6. Carlinville 33; 8. Vandalia 30; 9. Southwestern 27; 10. Greenville 6.

Litchfield Girls Results

High Jump: 2. Carly Guinn 5’0”; 5. Lily Braasch 4’2”

Pole Vault: 2. Carson Lemon 8’6”

Long Jump: 1. Sarah Yakana 15’4.5”; 3. Kate Komor 13’7”

Discus: 7. Emma Hughes 19.42m

Shot Put: 12. Emma Hughes 6.12m

4x100: 1. Carson Lemon/Kendall Stewart/Kate Komor/Carly Guinn 55.06

4x200: 1. Kate Komor/Carly Guinn/Lily Braasch/Sarah Yakana 1:54.91

4x400: 1. Kate Komor/Carly Guinn/Emma Dively/Kendall Stewart 4:26.01

100: 2. Kendall Stewart 13.83; 7. Lily Braasch 14.717

200: 2. Sarah Yakana 28.30; 4. Lily Braasch 29.54

400: 1. Kendall Stewart 1:02.90

800: 3. Emma Dively 2:46.56; 15. Emma Hughes 3:41.64

1600: 7. Kylee Eiting 6:44.13

3200: 6. Kylee Eiting 14:26.99

100HH: 1. Carson Lemon 18.16

May 27 at Pana

South Central Conference Championships

Boys Team Results: 1. Carlinville 122; 2. Litchfield 108; 3. Roxana 102; 4. Gillespie 85.50; 5. Vandalia 77; 6. Pana 75; 7. Staunton 57.50; 8. Southwestern 37; 9. Greenville 20; 10. Hillsboro 12.

Litchfield Boys Results

High Jump: 1. Cameron Crow 6’2”; 5. Keenan Powell 5’4”

Pole Vault: 2. Will Carlile 13’0”; 5. Paul Cowgill 8’0”

Long Jump: 10. Brandon Malloy 15’4.5”; 13. Zach Leitschuh 15’1”

Discus: 11. Owen Baugher 30.27; 15. Tug Schwab 22.32m

Shot Put: 12. Owen Baugher 9.87m; 14. Tug Schwab 9.82m

4x100: 6. Will Carlile/Keenan Powell/Paul Cowgill/Hunter Hancock 48.93

4x200: 7. Keenan Powell/Hunter Hancock/Brandon Malloy/Allen Schneider 1:47.92

4x400: 1. Keenan Powell/Camden Quarton/Brandon Malloy/Will Carlile 3:50.52

4x800: 4. Alex DeLaCruz/Allen Schneider/Brandon Malloy/Kevin Pollard 9:33.60

100: 3. Will Carlile 11.93; 8. Cameron Crow 12.20

200: 3. Cameron Crow 24.11; 10. Hunter Hancock 27.26

400: 1. Cameron Crow 51.99; 14. Zach Leitschuh 1:04.11

800: 3. Kevin Pollard 22:20.40; 5. Alex DeLaCruz 2:24.44

1600: 1. Camden Quarton 4:44.17; 6. Sam Horn 5:35.09

3200: 1. Camden Quarton 10:56.01; 5. Sam Horn 12:08.36

110HH: 7. Paul Cowgill 20.89

300IH: 9. Paul Cowgill 50.89

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