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Tremont boys capture closest McLean County meet in 43 years

Tremont boys capture closest McLean County meet in 43 years

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DOWNS - The 99th McLean County Track Meet was almost the battle of the century as the defending champion Tremont High School boys edged Fisher, 110-109, Tuesday. | Photo Gallery

It was the closest contest since 1965 when Chenoa nipped Octavia by half a point.

"Every point counts when you win by one point," said first-year Tremont coach Don Rice. "Everybody matters."

Reigning Class A state 1,600-meter champion Parker Thompson sure mattered for the Turks in a meet which also serves as the Heart of Illinois Conference Meet. He defended his 800 title in 2 minutes, 5.5 seconds before adding the 1,600 crown in 4:32.6.

He also chipped in a 2:07.1 anchor leg to the winning 3,200 relay (8:33.1) and a 51.9 leg to the runner-up 1,600 relay (3:36.7).

"I'm getting ready, gearing up. I'm excited for the state meet," said Thompson, who wishes he had more time to prepare. "It's gone by really quick."

Thompson, who won last fall's Class 1A state cross country title, just missed the meet record of 4:31.8 in the 1,600 as he pulled away from state cross country runner-up Brian Peterson of Fieldcrest (4:37.6) in the final 500 meters.

Peterson began his day with an outdoor season best of 9:52.0 to win the 3,200. He hopes to run faster Friday at Eureka.

"I definitely want to be strong for that one," he said.

Heyworth sophomore Ben Asmus ran the 400 as if he couldn't wait for stardom, winning in 50.2 to break the meet record of 50.5 set by Chase McCall of GCMS in 2006.

Now Asmus, whose previous best was 50.8, can set his sights on Troy Hamilton's 1988 school record of 50.0.

"I'm working on it," he said. "That was my first time out of the blocks. That improved my time by quite a bit."

The 6-foot-3 Asmus needed every inch of his long strides to edge defending champion Jeremy Pflederer of Tremont, who ran 50.7 in second.

"I hadn't even heard of him until today," said Pflederer, who placed third in last year's state 400. He bounced back to win defend his 200 title in 22.6.

"My legs didn't feel very fresh at all," said Pflederer, who earlier anchored the 400 relay to victory in 44.7 to break the meet record of 45.4 set by the Turks last year.

His relay partners were Josh Perfetti, Steven Szetela and Jordan Thompson.

Fisher tore through the 1,600 relay in 3:33.1, breaking LeRoy's 1967 meet record of 3:35.1. Handling the stick were Colten Unzicker (52.1), Jeff Crowder (55.2), Guy Kirby (54.7) and Trevor Unzicker (51.1).

Fisher senior Gavin Meador ended a long pursuit of Kevin Gosser's 1978 school discus record of 149-8 by first tying it before breaking it with a winning 155-0.

"It wasn't a perfect throw, but it was pretty good for me," said the relieved Meador.

Heyworth outfielder Kyle Hunn-Andreae took time off from the diamond to defend his 100 title in 11.2 after earlier winning the triple jump at 37-10½.

"I had a slow start, but I came back to pull through for the win," he said of his century. "I was pretty excited about that."

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