FULTON, Ill. — Nothing about the weather indicated favorable conditions for record-breaking performances at Tuesday's 67th annual Fulton Relays. Still, five meet records fell.

Erie/Prophetstown was responsible for two of the changes in the record book, and the Panthers won the 12-team competition with 145 points on a cold, blustery evening. Camanche was the runner-up with 96, and host Fulton claimed fourth with 33 points.

Devin Johnson, a senior for Erie/Prophetstown, wasted no time being the first one to rewrite the record book. He leapt 22 feet, 3 inches on his first attempt in the long jump to erase a record that had stood since 1957 when Chuck Runge of DeWitt went 21-11.25. It was the longest-standing record at the meet.

"When I first got here, people told me they expected me to beat it, so I said I'd better," said Johnson, who placed eighth in the state in Class 1A last year after entering the meet with the second-best qualifying distance (22-0.5). "I've been jumping well. I don't know why, but I'm not going to question it."

Johnson's jump gave him the title, but it was short of his personal best (22-11.5). He said he was confident he would surpass 23 feet this spring.

"I want to go 23-6 at state," said Johnson who plans to continue his track and basketball careers next year at Monmouth College. "I don't want to sound full of myself, but I really think I should win it this year."

Johnson and his teammates dominated in the field events, where the Panthers collected 73 points.

Johnson and Darius Owens (20-8) finished 1-2 in the long jump, Ethan Oleson (47-9) and Ryan Blasdell (43-2) did the same in the discus, John Butts was first (135-7) and Oleson fifth in the shot put, Nate Andreas (38-1.5) and Cody Wiemer (37-6) went 2-3 in the triple jump, and Wiemer and Grant Ames tied for third in the high jump at 6-0.

Johnson also was part of another record performance. He followed Jack Bauer and Jace Bonnell and then handed the baton to Owens as they won the 800 sprint medley relay in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds. That was a second faster than a group from Morrison ran it in 2006.

Sterling Newman broke records in the 400 and 800 relays, and Rockridge's TJ Henry broke the other, going 6-7.25 in the high jump.

Camanche picked up wins in the 440 low-high shuttle hurdle relay, the 3,200 relay, the 400 low shuttle hurdle relay and the 1,600 relay. The Indians also earned seconds in the four-by-1,600, the four-by-100 and the 800 sprint medley. Their time in the 400 relay was below the previous meet record.

"So far, we've been winning a lot and running faster than last year," anchor man Mike Osaro said of the Indians' success in the hurdles. "We have one new guy (Shykeem Williams), and he has helped us improve by three seconds (in the four-by-110 shuttle hurdle relay). That's probably my favorite event."

The four-by-110 shuttle hurdle also has been a good event for Fulton. The Steamers took second behind Camanche on Tuesday, led by junior anchor runner Bryce Holesinger. He is enjoying his best year yet in the hurdles events and also placed third in the long jump Tuesday.

"Right now, I'm running sub-16 (in the 110 high hurdles)," he said. "Last year, I started at 16.5, so I'm hoping to get 15-flat. In the 300s, I've started off at the state-qualifying time already."

The Steamers also got a second-place finish from John Widener in the discus (132-4) and a fourth from its four-by-1,600 relay unit.

Sabers, Rebels claim titles

DEWITT — Central DeWitt edged Monticello 114-112 for the Class A Division title and Northeast won the Class B crown by a wide margin Tuesday at the Saber Invitational.

Northeast showed its strength in the running events as Kevin Boughton won the 200 in 23.93, Connor Soenksen claimed first in the 400 in 53.90 and Eli Kaczinski won the 800 (2:10.28) and 3,200 (10:04.47), with teammate William Hasken taking second in the 800.

Nick Kennicker won the 400 hurdles (1:00.62) for the Rebels, while Bo Lingle's leap of 5-10 won the high jump.

Central DeWitt won just three events — Remington Meggers in the 400 (54.03), Mitch Kirby in the 400 hurdles (58.61) and the 800 relay — but piled up second-place finishes.

Jake Feldpausch was second in the 100, Cole Connell took second in the high jump and the Sabers were runners-up in the 400, 3,200, distance medley and shuttle hurdle relays.


Team standings

1. Erie/Prophetstown 145; 2. Camanche 96; 3. Sterling Newman 82; 4. Fulton 33; 5. Rockridge 29; 6. Sherrard 26; 7. Amboy 23; 8. Galena/River Ridge/East Dubuque 16; 9. Riverdale 8; 10. Morrison 4; 11. Milledgeville 3; 12. West Carroll 0. Scoring: 10-8-6-4-2-1.

Individual results

(Winners, area placewinners)

Discus — 1. John Butts (EP) 135-7; 2. John Widener (Ful) 132-4; 3. Cody Mensinger (Cam) 126-4; 5. Ethan Oleson (EP) 114-8; 6. Lane Kaczinski (Cam) 113-3.

Shot put — 1. Oleson (EP) 47-9; 2. Ryan Blasdell (EP) 43-2; 3. Kaczinski (Cam) 42-3; 6. Pedro Herrera (EP) 38-1.

Long jump — 1. Devin Johnson (EP) 22-3 (meet record, old, 21-11.25, Chuck Runge, Central DeWitt, 1957); 2. Darius Owens (EP) 20-8; 3. Bryce Holesinger (Ful) 20-4.5; 6. Thomas Brantley (Cam) 19-2.

Triple jump — 1. Nolan McGinn (New) 41-8.5; 2. Nate Andreas (EP) 40-5.5; 3. Cody Wiemer (EP) 39-5; 6. Rodney Gossard (Ful) 37-5.

High jump — 1. TJ Henry (Rock) 6-7.25 (meet record, old, 6-6.5, Patrick Colbrese, Sherrard, 2010); 3. (tie) Wiemer (EP), Grant Ames (EP) 6-0.

6,400 relay — 1. Newman (Alex DeForest, Bryson Reyes, Clay Jungerman, Micah Trancoso) 20:14.00; 2. Camanche 20:20.00; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 20:25.00; 4. Fulton 20:30.00.

440 low-high shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche 1:01.97; 2. Fulton 1:03.77; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 1:06.59.

400 relay — 1. Newman (Masion Bittner, McGinn, Tyler Rockwood, Nick Rude) 43.95 (meet record, old, :44.5, Newman, 2008); 2. Camanche 44.39; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 44.50.

1,600 freshman/sophomore relay — 1. Erie/Prophetstown (Ames, Dylan Binion, Braedon Bonnell, Seth Lilly) 3:49.82; 5. Camanche 4:00.50.

800 sprint medley relay — 1. Erie/Prophetstown (Jack Bauer, Jace Bonnell, Johnson, Owens) 1:36.40 (meet record, old, 1:37.4, Morrison, 2006); 2. Camanche 1:38.13; 6. Fulton 1:46.01.

3,200 relay — 1. Camanche 8:57.28; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 0:12.77; 5. Fulton 9:37.68.

400 shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Camanche 59.34; 2. Erie/Prophetstown 1:02.97.

800 relay — 1. Newman (Bittner, McGinn, Brady Rude, N. Rude) 1:31.37 (meet record, old, 1:33.6, Galena, 2007); 2. Erie/Prophetstown 1:34.06; 3. Camanche 1:35.07; 4. Morrison 1:42.59.

400 freshman-sophomore relay — 1. Camanche 47.22; 2. Erie/Prophetstown 47.58; 5. Fulton 49.70.

1,600 relay — 1. Camanche 3:40.01; 4. Erie/Prophetstown 3:48.46; 6. Fulton 3:50.50.

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