Potters win nine events, including four relays

Bryan Veginski

Morton won the most events, but Washington scored the most points in an April 25 boys track and field triangular.

The Potters placed first in 9-of-18 competitions, but the Panthers were the Mid-Illini Conference winners with 89 points.

Morton accumulated 71 points, while Limestone was a distant third with 24.

The Potters won all four relays at Babcook Field.

The 4x800, consisting of Hayden Brown, Nick Erickson, Matt Lyons and Luke Riffle, was the leader in a time

of 9:17.2.

In the 4x100, the Morton quartet of Jeff Abney, Alek Atkins, Brett Miller and Chase Taphorn clocked a :46.0.

Abney, Breck Swinford, Taphorn and Drew Taphorn posted a 1:35 to claim the 4x200.

The winning 4x800 foursome included Morton's Brown, Swinford, Drew Taphorn and Seth Wilkerson, which finished the relay in 3:42.1.

Swinford also prevailed in the long jump with a measurement of 19-feet-7 1/2-inches.

Lyons added to his victory list with an 800 run time of 2:09.9.

Also on the track, Joel Baum sprinted to an event-winning time of 56.4 seconds in the 400 dash and Brady Carius won the 1600 in 5:11.6.

Potter John Kilver was the top high jumper at 5-8.

Dragon Invitational

Morton was seventh Friday in a 13-team field in Pekin.

The Potters placed in all four relays to collect 34 points.

They were the second-highest scoring team among the five entered from the Mid-Illini.

The Morton 4x200 and 4x400 relays both were second.

The 4x100 was third, while the 4x80 was fifth.

Also on the track, Carius was third in the 3200, Lyons fifth in the 800 and Abney sixth in the 200.

Cody Hilliard provided the Potters' only field point with a sixth-place result in the high jump.

Pekin won its own invitational with 97 points, six more than second-place Geneseo.

Conference: The Mid-Illini meet is at 4 p.m. Tuesday. East Peoria is the host this year.

Morton is trying to improve on last year's fourth-place finish.