TEUTOPOLIS -- Stacked up against local foes St. Anthony and Teutopolis, the Effingham boys track team used a slew of solid performance to come away from the Wooden Shoes' track and field facility with a win. The Hearts finished with 104.5 total points on the afternoon, ahead of St. Anthony's 53.5 points in second place and Teutopolis' 26-point, third-place showing.
The Hearts looked like a sure lock to win the 4x100 relay and start their winning ways early, but a dropped baton allowed St. Anthony to sneak back into contention. The Bulldogs' James Ritz was too strong coming down the stretch, edging out his competitors to lead St. Anthony to a 49.69 final time. Effingham was inches behind, crossing the finish line in 49.90. From that early disappointment, Effingham began to take control. Taylor Fatheree was extremely impressive in the 3200-meter run, beating his closest opponent by nearly half a lap. Fatheree crossed the finish line in 10:04.7, and never trailed during the race as he edged out Peter Keller of St. Anthony.
Clark Williamson added five more points to the Effingham total with his win in the 110-meter hurdles, narrowly beating teammate Colin Hecht. Williamson was a jack of all trades for coach Terry Harbaugh's squad, also placing second in the triple jump and third in the pole vault.
Caydin Vaughn showed a solid burst in the 100-meter dash, picking up the win in a time of 11.82. Effingham also took second in the event behind Logan Howell's time of 12.02.After a second-place showing in the 110 hurdles, Hecht turned his day around with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. His time of 44.18 was over two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Continuing the trend of Effingham participants showing well in more than one event, Howell used his second-place finish in the 100-meter dash as fuel for the 200 where he continued a friendly rivalry with Vaughn. Howell's time of 23.81 narrowly topped Vaughn's 24.58 mark, but Effingham delivered a 1-2 finish nonetheless.