Two school records fall at Comet Relays

GREENVILLE – Two school records fell, but the Vandals did not produce many high finishes in finishing seventh last Friday at the 29th annual Comet Relays at Greenville High School.

Freshman Curtis Gordon once again broke the school record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 7 inches to place first. He beat his previous personal-best vault of 14-6.

Vandalia also set a new school record in the 4X100-meter relay for the second time this season, but did it with a slightly different group of athletes.

Gordon, sophomore Ethan Meyer and seniors Dalton Smith and Colton Woolsey finished third in 46.17 seconds, beating the record of 46.99 seconds, which was set by Meyer, Smith, Woolsey and sophomore Bobby Bradley on April 10.

Vandalia also took third in the long jump and shot put relays. Woolsey (19 feet, 3 inches) and Smith (16 feet, 6 inches) combined in the long jump, and Woolsey (43 feet, 5 inches) and Bradley (35 feet, 4 inches) combined in the shot put.

Woolsey was 5 inches short of tying the school’s long jump record.

The co-ed thrower’s relay of Woolsey, Bradley and girls Madison Klanke and Mindy Ritchey also finished third.

The freshmen/sophomore 4X100-meter relay team of freshmen Logan Sullens and Carter Towler, and sophomores Marcus Durbin and Meyer finished fifth in 48.93, and the distance medley of sophomore Patrick Corbin, freshman James Crawford, junior Cody Campbell and Ben Strobel took fifth in 13:25.

The 4X200- and 4X400-meter relays and the sprint medley placed sixth, and the 4X800-meter relay team placed seventh.

Pana was the meet champion, scoring 97 points. Vandalia earned 35 points in the seven-team meet.

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There were no field events at Tuesday's meet in Cumberland due to flooding, but the Vandals earned three first-place finishes in placing fifth.

Freshman Curtis Gordon won the 110-meter hurdles (16.56), junior Ben Strobel won the 800-meter run (2:13.94), and the the 4X100-meter relay team of Gordon, seniors Dalton Smith and Colton Woolsey, and sophomore Ethan Meyer finished first in 47.3 seconds.

Meyer took second in the 200-meter dash (24.22), and Smith was third in the 100-meter dash (12.0).

Also finishing third was the 4X400-meter relay of Woolsey, Strobel and sophomores Marcus Durbin and Bobby Bradley, with a time of 4:01.02.

Vandalia scored 49 points in the meet, which was moved from Teutopolis. Cumberland won the meet, with 76 points.

The season continues for the Vandals next Thursday with a home meet. Greenville, Mater Dei and Metro-East Lutheran are scheduled to attend.

Vandalia senior Colton Woolsey had the longest throw in the shot put at last Wednesday’s Comet Relays in Greenville.

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