Vandalia track squads continue setting records

Three individuals and one relay team on the Vandalia boys track team earned a place at Saturday’s Pana Open track meet.

Angel Osorio led the Vandals with a first-place performance in the high jump. The junior cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to lead the field. The second-place jump was 6 feet.

Senior Drew Bell battled rival Blake Delong of Hillsboro for most of the race, but had to settle for second place as Delong pulled away to set a new meet record of 4:29.82. Bell’s time was 4:33.98.

The other individual to place for the Vandals was junior Drew Stewart, who captured sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 3 inches.

The VCHS frosh/soph 4×100-meter relay also placed sixth, with a time of 50.13 seconds. Members of the relay were Justin Clark, Zayne Nash, Quenten Austin and Michael Galletto.

Though they did not place in the competitive 13-team meet, 400-meter runner Andy Koonce and the VCHS 4×200-meter relay team both set school records. Koonce broke his own school record with a time of 54.1 seconds.

The relay team of Cody McGee, Codee Street, Michael Galletto and Osorio had a time of 1:40.7 – beating the former record of 1:40.9.

Tolono Unity

Girls Invitational

The Vandalia girls track team placed in six events, set a meet record in the 1,600-meter relay and finished sixth as a team at the 25-team Tolono Unity Girls’ Invitational track meet on Saturday.

Taking first place in a meet record time of 4:14.88 was the VCHS 1,600-meter relay squad of Paige Dodson, Kristina Stunkel, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin.

Other firsts were Hagy in the 200 meters (27.56) and Houston in the 400 meters (1:00.25).

The Vandals’ 400-meter relay team placed third in 52.7. Running on that relay were Hagy, Houston, Dodson and Durbin.

Rounding out the VCHS scoring were fourth-place finishes by Hagy in the 100 meters (13.41) and Durbin in the 800 meters (2:28.77).

St. Joseph-Ogden High School won the team competition with 75 points. The Lady Vandals had 44.

Roxana Relays

The sprint relay team of Durbin, Stunkel, Hagy and Houston set a new school record with a time of 1:59.3 at the Roxana Relays held on Monday at East Alton-Wood River.

Vandalia scored 50 points to finish fifth in a field of nine teams.

The sprint relay team finished first, as did Houston in the high jump, at 4 feet, 8 inches.

The high hurdle shuttle team of Shelby Cearlock, Hannah Edwards, Courtney Gordon and Jessie Bright placed second with a time of 44.6, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Dodson, Stunkel, Houston and Durbin took second with a time of 4:24.8.

The 400-meter relay team of Hagy, Houston, Dodson and Durbin placed third with a time of 45.2, and the low-hurdle shuttle team of Cearlock, Edwards, Gordon and Bright finished second with a time of 1:08.8.

Cearlock placed fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 18.1, and the 800-meter relay team of Hagy, Stunkel, Dodson and Cearlock placed fifth with a time of 1:56.4.

Pirate Invitational at Cumberland

The Vandalia Community High School boys track team on Tuesday placed fourth in an eight-team field – just one point behind third-place Altamont – in the Cumberland Pirate Invitational.

Casey-Westfield captured the team title with 126 points, followed by Fairfield with 109, Altamont with 71 and the Vandals with 70.

Drew Bell led the VCHS scoring with a pair of first place finishes in the 3,200-meter run (10:15.53) and the 1,600-meter run (4:43.5).

Will Cowger placed second in the shot put, with a throw of 40’4”.

Third place finishes were recorded by Drew Stewart in the discus (109’3”), Andy Koonce in the 400-meters (54:66) and the 4×800-meter relay of Quinn Phillips, Josh Lawson, Bryce Worker and Koonce.

The Vandal 4×400-meter relay of Phillips, Zayne Nash, Drew Bell and Koonce placed fourth in 3:55.24.

Placing fifth were Drew Stewart in the shot put (39’5”), Quenten Austin in the high jump (5’10”), Matt Grove in the triple jump (35’4”), Austin in the 110-meter high hurdles (18:41), the 4×100-meter relay team of Codee Street, Michael Galletto, Mitch Whightsil and Angel Osorio (49:52) and Daniel Bell in the 800 meters (2:20.68).

Sixth-place finishes were recorded by Galletto in the discus (102’1”), Daniel Bell in the high jump (5’10”), Nick Filer in the triple jump (34’9”), Blake Mills in the 110-meter high hurdles (18.45) and the 4×200-meter relay of Cody McGee, Street, Galletto and Whightsil.

The Vandal boys compete next on Friday at the Comet Relays at Greenville High School.

Vandalia’s Cody McGee lunges out of the blocks at the start of the 4×200-meter relay at the Pana Open on Saturday. The team of McGee, Codee Street, Michael Galletto and Angel Osorio set a new school record with a time of 1:40.7.

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