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North Mac relay teams win indoor state championships

Gillespie sophomore Chaz Oberkfell was one of many Macoupin County athletes that ranked amongst the top track athletes at the Illinois Top Times Class 1A state meet last weekend. Oberkfell won a fourth place medal, finishing the boys’ 1600m run in 4:31. Photo contributed.


Enquirer Democrat Reporter

Macoupin County track athletes made their mark at the Illinois Top Times Class 1A indoor state meet last weekend, showcasing a ton of promise soon to come for the outdoor season.

North Mac brought home a pair of relay championships and several individuals ranked amongst some of the best in Illinois.

Kevin Bricker, James Graves, Dane Vance and Kadin Casey ran the top time of 1:36 in the boys’ 4 x 200m relay.

Emma Crawford, Alexis Bowman, Addison Earley and Kaelyn Swift also captured a 4 x 200m title in the girls’ competition, finishing in 1:49 for the best time in the fourth heat. The Lady Panthers also took on the 4 x 400, with Addison Cole replacing Bowman, and placed fifth at 4:27.

Crawford also ranked in the upper tier of two individual events for North Mac, placing fifth in the 60m hurdles at 9.8 seconds and sixth in the 60m finals at 8.07 seconds.

Gillespie sophomore Chaz Oberkfell ran the boys’ 1600m run in 4:31 to claim a fourth place medal.

Carlinville’s Mason Gilpin accomplished a similar feat in the boys’ pole vault as he finished in a four-way tie at the top mark of 4.31.

Keagan Greff of North Mac placed third in the high jump (1.89).

Carlinville’s Vandon Sproull ran the first heat of the boys’ 400m dash in 55.53 seconds, placing sixth in the finals.

Ozzie Maddox (North Mac) and Weston Kuykendall (Carlinville) competed in the shot put. Maddox placed ninth at 1’ 1.73” and Kuykendall 11th at 1’ 1.2.”