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Forreston-Polo boys track team wins conference meet

Based upon previous results of NUIC fresh-soph and varsity conference track and field meets, it was a virtually a foregone conclusion that Forreston-Polo would again dominate.

That was the case, doubling the score on second-place Lena-Winslow 145-73 to win its fourth straight conference championship last week.

Pec-Durand was next with 70 points, followed by West Carroll 63, Milledgeville 42, Galena 41, Dakota 36, Pearly City 34, Amboy 30, AFC 11 and Stockton 10.

“I’m really pleased with placing in all the events,” F-P coach Bob Wagner said. “It’s been a great year and I’ve enjoyed watching everyone get better. Lot of the credit needs to go to the other coaches.”

Jake Simpson, Chris Rademacher, Draven Wells and Mathew Cheeseman started the running events off with a 30-second win in the 3,200-meter relay (8:42). In the 400 relay, Evan Kelsey, Brady Webb, AJ Christensen and Gavin Fuchs followed up with a 44.54, good for second behind Le-Win.

As expected, Christensen won his specialties, the hurdles. He also ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay (3:35) with Kelsey, Cheeseman and Fuchs.

Mason Wright had little opposition in winning the triple jump (43-5), with Reid Taylor right behind in second. Webb went 19-6 to win the long jump and Christian Groenewold completed the sweep of the jumps with a win the high jump (6-1) and Wright medaling at 5-8.

“Credit to our jumping coach Ryan Deets,” Wagner said.

Sam Barkalow placed in both throws and Jace Coffey was fifth in the discus and Garrett Badertscher sixth in the shot. The other field event places came in the pole vault from Matthew Binkley and Anthony Josephitis.

On the track, Cheeseman was runnerup in the 400 (53.53), Hunter Daws a placewinner in both hurdles, Simpson fourth in the 800, Fuchs fourth in the 100, Daniel Hanson fourth in the 3,200, Taylor fifth in the 200 and Rademacher sixth in the 1,600.

The 800 relay of Kelsey, Webb, Taylor and Fuchs (1:34.29) were a hundreds of a second behind second-place West Carroll. Le-Win won both sprint relays.

“Everyone was competing for us,” Wagner said. “It was just fun to watch.”

Forreston-Polo heads to Oregon on Friday for the 1A sectional. They will be co-favorite with defending champ Rockford Christian.

“I don’t know if we can get them.” Wagner said. “We want to qualify as many as possible downstate because we think some good things will happening there. We have a chance to do very well downstate.”

Field events begin at 4:00 and running events at 5:30 at Landers-Loomis Field.

According to Wagner, the team is healthy other than Joe Bowers. Bowers will likely be sidelined for sectional due to a hamstring injury.

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