2012 Illinois 1A Boys Field Events Preview

February, 3, 2012
Here is a glimpse of what to watch this spring in the field events in Class 1A:

Long Jump
22-2 Myles Ketelson SR Flora 11th - A
22-0.50 Alex Baumgarten SR Stewardson-Strasburg 2nd - A
21-5.50 Tyler Young JR Virden North Mac
21-5.50 Jake Keown JR Shelbyville
21-5.25 Malik Williams SR Champaign Judah Christian 6th - A
21-2.50 Kyle Landon JR Chester
21-1.25 Devin Johnson JR Erie-Prophetstown 9th - A
21-1 Michael Geary SR Polo
20-11 Jacob Segrest JR Piasa Southwestern
20-10.50 Jake Neely SR Trenton-Wesclin
20-9 Austin Wenskunas SO Argenta-Oreana
20-7.50 D.J. Gordon SR Monticello

Three all state jumpers return to this event. Alex Baumgarten of Strasburg (Stewardson-Strausburg HS) finished 2nd last year at the state meet and returns as the highest placer. However, he does not have the longest returning jump. That honor belongs to Myles Ketelson of Flora (Flora HS) who jumped 22’ 2” during the season. Should be a good battle between these two quality jumpers.

Let us not discount the other two jumpers that placed at last year’s state meet. Keep an eye on Malik Williams of Champaign (Judah Christian HS) who finished 6th, and Devin Johnson of Erie (Erie-Prophetstown HS) who finished 9th.

Other jumpers to keep an eye on include Tyler Young of Virden (North Mac HS), Jake Keown of Shelbyville (Shelbyville HS), and Kyle Landon of Chester (Chester HS).

Triple Jump
44-8.50 Alex Walter SR Camp Point Central 3rd - A
44-4 Tay Shanklin JR Winnebago 7th - A
42-8.50 Matt Mcdonald JR Dupo 12th - A
42-6.50 Russell Michelich SR Auburn
42-5 Heath Byom SR Knoxville 11th - A
42-3.25 Zach Gulley SR Downs Tri-Valley
42-0.50 Jordan McCall SR Niantic Sangamon Valley
42-0 Alex Arteaga SR St. Joseph-Ogden
41-6 Jordan Evans SR Red Hill

This could be a wide open event in 1A this year with only two jumpers that return that are all-state. That also means that there is an opportunity for plenty of jumpers to step up.

Alex Walter of Camp Point (Central HS) placed 3rd last year at the state meet to be the highest placing returner. He also has the longest returning jump. Close behind is junior Tay Shanklin of Winnebago (Winnebago HS), who placed 7th last year.

After these two jumpers, there is a 2 foot gap. However, watch for Heath Byom of Knoxville (Knoxville HS), Matt McDonald of Dupo (Dupo HS), and Russell Michelich of Auburn (Auburn HS).

High Jump
6-10 Kyle Landon JR Chester 2nd - A
6-8 Oumaru Abdulahi JR Mooseheart 1st - A
6-6 Bill Weissinger JR Hinckley-Big Rock 3rd - A
6-5 Matt Mueller SR Mt. Olive 8th - A
6-4 Kolten Postin SR Moweaqua Central A&M 9th - A
6-3 George Wayda SR Pleasant Plains
6-3 Andrew Esser SR Kewanee Wethersfield
6-3 Jaylin Neal SR Winnebago
6-3 John Piper JR Alton Marquette
6-3 Matt Mcdonald JR Dupo 14th - A
6-2 Daniel Vatch SR Elmhurst Immaculate Conception
6-2 Darrin Southwell SO Taylor Ridge Rockridge
6-1 Andrew Barsema SO Fulton
6-0 Kyle Dyke SR St. Joseph-Ogden
6-0 Brody Bilthouse SR Elmhurst Timothy Christian
6-0 Blake Ebeling JR Newton
6-0 Daniel Declerck SR Alexis United
6-0 Kane Elston SO Galva
6-0 John Goeckner SO Effingham St. Anthony
6-0 Justin Christian SR Rockford Christian Life

Perhaps the most competitive of all the field events in 1A. 5 jumpers return that attained all state status. The good thing is that the top 3 return. The better this is that those 3 are all juniors. So the next two years in the high jump in this class should be fun fun fun.

The two athletes to keep a close watch on are Oumaru Abdulahi of Mooseheart (Mooseheart HS) and Kyle Landon of Chester (Chester HS). Landon had the highest clearance last year with a jump of 6’ 10”. However, it was Abdulahi who bested Landon at the state meet. Both are great sportsmen and great athletes. We could see both of them flirting with 7’ this spring.

Do not discount Bill Weissinger of Hinckley (Hinckley-Big Rock HS). He finished 3rd last spring. He should be in the mix with Landon and Abdulahi for the state championship in 2012.

Also keep an eye on Matt Mueller of Mt. Olive (Mt. Olive HS) and Kolten Postin of Moweaqua (Central A&M HS) to challenge for a top 3 finish.

Pole Vault
15-3 Mitch Mammoser SR Newton 1st - A
14-0 Brandon Tolliver-Goode SO Newton 8th - A
13-9 Haeden Sweetin JR DuQuoin
13-9 Dalton Plumer SR Rushville-Industry 10th - A
13-6 Austin McCourt SR Oregon 14th - A
13-6 Josh Blome JR Casey Westfield
13-3 Mark Schmidt JR Oregon NH - A
13-3 Alex McWhorter SR Teutopolis 15th - A
13-0 George Wayda SR Pleasant Plains
13-0 Koty Groutage SO Bushnell Prairie City
13-0 Jack Denby SO Carlinville
13-0 Alex Arteaga SR St. Joseph-Ogden
13-0 Allen Kile SR Pana
13-0 Kolton Merritt JR Eureka
Mitch Mammoser of Newton (Newton HS) is the defending champion in the Pole Vault and will enter the season as the huge favorite. It would have been interesting if Tyler Ginger of Stanford (Olympia HS), who placed 2nd place last year, was in this event. However, Olympia HS is now 2A.

There is a 15 inch gap between Mammoser and the rest of the field. His teammate, Sophomore Brandon Tolliver-Goode finished 8th last year and could be his chief competition.

Other vaulters that will push the two Newton vaulters include Haeden Sweetin of DuQuoin (DuQuoin HS), Dalton Plumer of Rushville (Rushville-Industry HS), Austin McCourt of Oregon (Oregon HS), and Josh Blome of Casey (Casey-Westfield HS).

Shot Put
57-1.50 Adam Weidner SR Manlius Bureau Valley 5th - A
54-11.25 Ryan Pearce JR Villa Grove 4th - A
53-5.50 O'Shay Smith JR Lena-Winslow 6th - A
51-9 Heath Frevert JR Glasford Illini Bluffs 10th - A
50-2 Ben Smith SR Cambridge
49-2 Gabe Manning SR Williamsville
49-1.50 Matt Geitner SR Knoxville
48-7.75 Nic Bergman SR Litchfield
48-1 Jeremy Gibson SO Nashville
47-11 Michael Jack SR Winnebago
47-10 Brandon Williams SR DuQuoin
47-9.25 Sam Akainyah SR Winnetka North Shore-Country Day

Just like the Pole Vault, this event could be as competitive. 3 athletes return that are all-state. Ryan Pearce of Villa Grove (Villa Grove HS) is the highest finisher returning. He placed 4th last year. His best put of the year is over 2 feet behind that of Adam Weidner of Manlius (Bureau Valley HS), who finished 5th. Some of that had to do with the poor conditions on prelims day a year ago. Look for a competition between these 2 this year.

O’Shay Smith of Lena (Lena-Winslow HS) finished 6th last year and is the other returning all-stater. Look for big things from him this spring. Also keep an eye on Heath Frevert of Glasford (Illini Bluffs HS) and Ben Smith of Cambridge (Cambridge HS) in this event.

183-10 Caleb Fricke SR Petersburg PORTA 2nd - A
164-5 Ryan Pearce JR Villa Grove 6th - A
160-3 Adam Weidner SR Manlius Bureau Valley
159-7 Gabe Manning SR Williamsville
158-7.50 Michael Jack SR Winnebago
149-2 Chris Aschemann SR Carterville
149-0 Jason Fry SO Stewardson-Strasburg
148-6 Dawson Hillis SO Carrollton 9th - A
145-9 Cory Long SR Paxton-Buckley-Loda
143-8 Heath Frevert JR Glasford Illini Bluffs 12th - A
143-2 Drew Benson SR Monticello
141-0.50 Quinton Risley JR Arcola

After horrible conditions in the prelims where they could not move this event indoors like most of the field events, Caleb Fricke of Petersburg (PORTA HS) responded with a huge throw in the finals. Still was not enough to catch the state champ Andrew Ellison of Lebanon (Lebanon HS), but it was a great effort. Fricke enters this year as the big favorite in this event. His throw is close to 20 feet better than the next closest athlete Ryan Pearce of Villa Grove (Villa Grove HS), who finished 6th last year.

Other throwers to watch include Adam Weidner of Manlius (Bureau Valley HS), Gabe Manning of Williamsville (Williamsville HS), and Michael Jack of Winnebago (Winnebago HS).

comments? e-mail Michael Newman newman.dyestatIL@gmail.com



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