CHARLESTON – Morris had a double medal winner Saturday at the IHSA Class 2A boys state track meet in junior sprinter Nic Davy. He placed ninth in the 100 meters (11.12) and was fifth in the 200 (22.20).
"The 200 was redemption for the 100, because I didn't run that race well at all, I had a chip on my shoulder for the 200." Davy said. "This entire weekend was crazy, especially being my first time here. I tried to picture what being at the state meet would be like, but I had no idea. So many people in the stands, the competition and everything going on. But this will really motivate me and next season I know what to expect."
In Class 3A, Minooka senior Brandon Adams was hoping to complete his career as a state champion.
But Adams came up a bit short of his goal, settling for a second-place finish in 48.56, which left him behind Grant's Jason Thormo, who turned in a 48.18.
The Indians sprinter placed in three relays in 2016, claiming one second and two third-place finishes. He became the first medalist in the 400 for his program.
"It's my senior year, and I was really striving for that first place, but it was also a blessing to get second place," Adams said. "It's a big accomplishment and also something for the younger class who come here who do sprints to strive for. Seeing how good our sprints, distance and field events have been, it's also a big thing to look for. The past four years have been a great experience being coached by our coaches."
Minooka, which placed 11th with 18 points, also received a sixth-place finish from senior Antonio Hayden in high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) while senior Dominic Ruettiger took seventh in pole vault (14-6).
"I was ranked tied for third, and I jumped the same height that I did in the sectional and got sixth," Hayden said. "So I'm very happy with how I competed today. When I got out, I wasn't even upset but was super excited for the other athletes since they were doing crazy."
"This was exciting," Ruettiger said. "I didn't jump what I wanted, but it definitely was a good feeling being able to place. Everyone jumped good, but it just came to skipping at 14-9 while others jumped that."
The Indians also claimed seventh in the 4x800 relay (7:54.95), with sophomore Jason Hoffman, senior Matthew Schofield, sophomore Hector Ramos and junior Jordan Freese.
In Class 1A, Seneca junior Christopher Collet placed seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:51.16, and Newark junior Connor Swanson placed eighth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (40.84).
"I ran a poor tactical race and it cost me some places in the end," Collet said. "The pace started slow and that helped me, but I let a big group get to much of a gap and I couldn't make it up. So, needless to say, I'm not happy with this race today."