Carbondale Claims 4th At State, Brown Defends Title
CHARLESTON -- Carmi-White County's Michael Brown defended his state title in the 800 meter dash. Brown edged his competition down the stretch to finish in first place with a time of one 1:54.33 seconds.
"Third person in my school's history to have two straight championships and coming back and having a personal best to make it a two-peat at state is a big accomplishment and makes me extremely happy," said Brown.
West Frankfort junior Hunter Johnson competed in track and field for the first time during his high school career this year. Johnson overcame two knee surgeries to claim second place in the high jump.
"It is the first time that we have had anybody up here in awhile," said Johnson. "So to represent West Frankfort as the smallest 2A school here, I thought I should go ahead and bring home a medal."
Mount Vernon's Joseph McDaniel vaulted his way to third place by clearing 15 feet. McDaniel will now take his talents to Rend Lake.
Vienna's Trenton Lowery leaped his way to fourth place in the 300 meter hurdles, while Harrisburg's Luke Horton claimed 4th place in the 800.
Carbondale's Tayvonne Landry medaled in two events. He finished in 4th place in the 400 and 3rd place in the 200 meter dash.
"It means a lot considering where I started and everything and to come in and do this today really means a lot and to my coaches and everybody that believed in me," said Landry. "It has been a long journey these last three years."
As for team results, Carbondale finished in fourth place with 34 points in class 2A, while Cahokia claimed its fourth straight team title with 90 points.
Other area top five finishers: Marion's Darryl Sullivan, who finished 5th in high jump, Massac's Alex King claimed 4th in the high jump, Carbondale's Ry Schmidt took 3rd in discus, Marion's Carsen Cash leaped his way to 3rd in the triple jump, Carbondale's Sam Sikon claimed 2nd in shot put, and Sikon 4th in discus, Harrisburg's 4 by 400 relay team finished in 5th, Anna-Jonesboro's Steve Wells took 4th in the shot put, and Fairfield's Corbin Kakac claimed 4th in the 3200.
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