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5/30/2014 11:11:00 AM
Area athletes come up short at boys state track meet

Brandon LaChance
NewsTribune Sports Writer

CHARLESTON — Some boys track and field athletes say earning a trip to state is a blessing.

Others will say it’s a token to the work their coaches and themselves have put into the craft.

Almost all, whether win or lose, agree it’s an honor to be able to say they were capable of qualifying for the IHSA Boys State Track & Field Meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

A couple more were added to this list Thursday in the Class 1A preliminary rounds as area athletes gave it their all but didn’t qualify for Saturday’s finals.

“It was fun down here. It was my first time coming down here,” said St. Bede senior Michael Slingsby, who recorded a toss of 131 feet in the discus for sixth place in his flight. “It’s different — it’s a big ballgame down here. I enjoyed myself.

“Everyone wants each other to do well, and that’s a good thing about the state meet. Everyone is rooting for each other. No one is bashing on each other at all.”
Slingsby also liked the fact that he didn’t come alone and had someone to talk to about the state experience.

Sophomore teammate John Barnes represented the Bruins in both the discus and the shot put after taking second in both events at last week’s Class 1A Erie Sectional.

Barnes placed fourth in the same flight as Slingsby with a discus throw of 133-08 and heaved the shot put 44-01 to place sixth in his flight.

The Bruin said he messed up Thursday but is optimistic about his future.

“I thought I had a better chance in shot because all the throws were between 52, the furthest, and I was coming in with a 48,” Barnes said. “I figured if I could pull off a good throw I could possibly place.”

Marquette senior John MacBean also competed in the discus and missed the finals qualifying cut by 7 feet, 6 inches with his toss of 141 feet.

Hall senior Collin Aimone qualified for state in three events, including the long jump, the 400 and as a member of the Red Devils’ 400-relay team.

Aimone said it was a bad day for long jump, but he knew what was going wrong.

“I was a foot or more behind the board every time,” Aimone said. “My best today was an 18-11 and that’s a whole foot or more behind the board and then you got the board. It could have been a lot better today.”

The three-time qualifier had a lead around the third turn of the track in the 400 but slipped to fourth with a time of 51.56 down the last stretch.

Chris Hammonds, Alic Hernandez, Aaron Rybarzcyk and Aimone finished seventh in their heat of the 400 relay with a time of 45.06.

Hammonds said the Red Devils may have lost the race but they have a lot to be proud of this season.

“We had an OK start, but I thought me and Mouse (Alic Hernandez) didn’t have a good handoff,” Hammonds said. “It was a bad handoff right there but, other than that, I thought we ran fine. We just need to practice hard for next year.

“I feel like we did tremendous this year. Coming into the season we didn’t feel like we would have a 4x1 (relay) and here we are at state.”

Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6995, or Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.

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