|HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
Galesburg High School took the "first chance" they were given Saturday and did very well at Sterling High School's "First Chance" Indoor Track Invitational. The Streaks boys placed first in six events at Sterling Westwood Track, including in the Long Jump, 4X800 Meter Relay, the 55 Meter Hurdles, the 800 Meter Run, the 400 Meter Dash, and the 4X400 Meter Relay. The GHS Girls placed first in five events on their own, including in the 200 Meter Dash, the 4X400 Meter Relay, the Long Jump, the 55 Meter Dash (where the girls took the top three places), and the 4X200 Meter Relay.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Salt Fork is the champion in Class 1A in the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament at the Peoria Civic Center's Carver Arena. The Storm defeated Sesser-Vallier Saturday night 55-42, ending their season at 33-1. Third Place honors went to Madison, who defeated Eastland 75-56.
In Class 2A, Peoria Manual took Robinson to overtime but couldn't overcome, losing to Robinson 76-68 in the Championship game. Robinson won their first state championship, while denying the Rams their sixth. Hales Franciscan beat Breese Central 80-70 to win third place.
Junior high jumper Tyler Hannam (Woodhull, Ill./AlWood) made sure Monmouth College brought home another All-American award from the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Competing at the meet held at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., Hannam equaled his career-best mark of 6'8-3/4" in the men's high jump to tie for sixth, earning his first All-American status. Hannam's height was just one inch short of the winning height and tied five other jumpers' marks.
Monmouth's other high jumper at the championships, junior Nick Byom (Gilson, Ill./Knoxville), narrowly missed All-American status. Byom cleared 6'6-3/4" to tie for ninth, only the top eight achieve All-American status. The Scots' Logan Hohl (Orion, Ill./Orion) had qualified for the men's 55-meter hurdles, but the junior was scratched from the event earlier in the week due to a minor injury.
Senior Gloria Lehr (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville) rounded out the Monmouth field of national qualifiers. Competing in the shot put, Lehr recorded an effort of 43'1", but did not qualify for the finals.
The Fighting Scots have brought home at least one indoor All-American award every year for the last four years. Monmouth will begin their outdoor season at the Augustana Open on Mar. 27. (From Monmouth College Athletics)