CHARLESTON — Neoga's Corey Kersey led all 1A triple jumpers in distance at the sectional level this season.
To no one's surprise, he repeated the feat Thursday at preliminaries, besting the entire field with a distance of 45 feet, 3 inches. His closest competitor finished just less than 12 inches behind him
So he entered Saturday as the nominal favorite, but still had to go out and bring home a state title.
He did just that, repeating his 45-03 jump to a tee and taking the state championship. Greenfield's Mason McEvers finished with a distance of 44-03.25, well behind the Neoga sophomore.
The Indians finished with 19 points on the day for a 10th-place finish in 1A, bolstered by Derek Williamson. Williamson's mark of 49.93 in the 400-meter dash was good for third in the state, and he earned two points with an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (23.51). Kersey also took 10th in the long jump with a mark of 20-10.25, but did not score any points.
In 2A competition, Effingham's lone participant Clark Williamson could not duplicate his Friday success. He cleared 13-09 Friday at prelims, but registered no official height in the finals, failing to clear 13-06.
Newton had the next best showing for local teams, scoring six points and finishing tied for 51st. All six points came from Brandon Tolliver-Goode, who took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 14-00.
Windsor grabbed five points of its own for 55th. Jacob Pfeiffer came in fifth in the triple jump behind Kersey, jumping 43-01.5 for the Blue Devils.
Stewardon-Strasburg earned four points behind Jason Fry. Fry took sixth in the shot put (50-10) to grab the Comets their points. He also finished 10th in the discus (142-07).
Cumberland was the only other team to score, earning 78th with two points. Tye Sutherland finished eighth in the 800-meter run (1:59.73).
In the 3200-meter run, two local runners competed. Altamont's Andrew Sharp led the way, taking 12th overall (9:48.70). St. Anthony's Peter Keller earned 19th in the state (9:53.84).