Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Chester's Landon One of Four to Win State Title
CHARLESTON -- Chester senior Kyle Landon left his mark at the IHSA state track and field finals Saturday. The SIU recruit won two golds, defending his title in the high jump with a leap of 6'10. He also took the top spot in the long jump with a length of more than 22 feet.
"Coming up here and winning two this year was just great," Landon said. "It's a good feeling and it's what I was hoping for."
Despite winning two first place medals, Landon left the meet wondering what could have been. He had aspirations of breaking a state record in the high jump, but he tweaked his knee in his first attempt at the long jump. Landon battled the injury and the rainy track the rest of the meet.
"I wish I could have got that seven foot barrier today but down the road when I look back at what I did at state, it's not going to be you cleared this and this," Landon added. "It's going to be I got there state championships for Chester."
Rain was the story of the day. It started just as the meet got underway and continued all afternoon. One guy that didn't mind the poor weather was Massac County senior Alex King. That's because the high jumper got to compete indoors. He says it ultimately helped him win a state title.
"It helped me out a lot since it's so rainy and everything," King said. "The conditions were good, a lot better inside."
IHSA officials moved the Class 2A and 3A high jump to the field house after rain started to accumulate on the track. Without the slick surface, King was able to set a new Class 2A meet record in the event, clearing 7'1.
"It hasn't really set in at all, it just doesn't seem real," he said. "I was really pumped getting 7'1."
Harrisburg's DJ Duncan won his first state title in the 110-meter high hurdles. The senior also finished his career with a runner-up finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
"To come out and go first and second my senior year in both hurdle events that I've ran for four years now is a definite accomplishment," Duncan said.
Carmi-White County's Michael Brown won the area's fifth state title. The junior finished first in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line more than two seconds faster than his prelim time. All together, 10 guys from Southern Illinois finished in the top three or higher in their respective events.
Wind: 10 MPH
Humidity: 67 %