The future of Kahok Track and Field is looking bright. On the cold and rainy Saturday, May 11, 2019, Collinsville Middle School capped the end of their Track season with a 2nd place boys team finish at the Southern Illinois Junior High Athletic Association State Track & Field meet in Carterville, IL.
Collinsville Middle School had three 1st place State Champions:
47.01 400 meter relay (Seth Sorenson, Jacob Gregory, Ajaylin Rodgers-Parrot, Jeremey Richardson)
4:49.42 1600m run: Trey Peterson (New School Record)
2:11.08 800m run: Elijah Schlessinger (New School Record)
2nd place finish
18-5.00 Long Jump: Jeremy Richardson
3rd place finish
14.54 100m Hurdles: Jacob Gregory
24.52 200m dash: Jeremy Richardson
4th place finish
13.81 Girls 8th 100m dash: Tonanzi Montoya
12.06 Boys 8th 100m dash: Ajaylin Rodgers-Parrot
Prior to their state meet, the Collinsville boys placed first at the Alton relays, Regionals, and the Tri-County Conference.
“We knew we had a good chance at the title. Our athletes have worked hard and performed at their highest levels all season,” says CMS Head Track Coach Michael Hayman, “However, Marion (1st place), proved to be too deep and continued their domination with their 6th 1st place finish in the last 7 years.
For the future, Hayman says, “We need to identify and recruit more girls and more 7th graders to train, condition, and help discover their inner greatness.”
Coaches Colton Rhodes, Jim Beck, and Megan White were critical additions to the 2019 coaching team.
Collinsville had state qualifiers in:
Hurdles: Jacob Gregory, Hugo Gonzalez, Lainey Bolandis (girls)
High Jump: Khalil Thorps-Watt
Long Jump: Jeremy Richardson, Seth Sorenson, Tonanzi Montoya(girls)
4x100m relay: Jeremy Richardson, Seth Sorenson, Ajaylin Rodgers-Parrot, Jacob Gregory
400m dash: Elijah Schlessinger, Jeremiah Yarborough
1600m run: Trey Peterson
4x200m relay: Seth Sorenson, Izaac Bailey, Jacob Gregory, Jacob Smithe
8th Grade 100m: Ajaylin Rodgers-Parrot, Tonanzi Montoya(girls)
800m run: Elijah Schlessinger
200m dash: Jeremy Richardson, Ajaylin Rodgers-Parrot, Sarayah Briggs(girls)
4x400m relay: Elijah Schlessinger, Jeremiah Yarborough, Jacob Gregory, Izaac Bailey
Coach Hayman is already preparing for next year:
“On the bus ride home, we are already planning for next year and our success will depend on how many future track and field athletes participate in next year’s Cross Country season. There is no other sport that conditions the bodies as well as the minds of young athletes. Endurance, self discipline, determination, and sheer grit is what all athletes should expect to learn from a season in Cross Country.
“August 19th is the first practice and I encourage all parents to encourage their sons and daughters to begin that journey next year.”