(May 27, 2013) The boys track team produced the best effort in school history at this weekend’s IHSA State Track Meet held at Eastern Illinois University. Seniors Austin Dickholtz, Malcolm Engel, and Ose Ilenikhena each advanced out of Friday’s preliminaries to compete in Saturday’s event finals and lead GBS to an overall 19th place showing as a team. Their individual performances also earned each of them All State honors, the most at one State Meet in GBS history.
Ilenikhena won his long jump flight on Friday with a school record leap of 23′ 1″, and while he couldn’t improve on it Saturday, the effort earned him a 6th place finish. Long-time teammates Dickholtz and Engel competed in the same 400M heat on Friday and ran 3-4 with times just good enough to advance to Saturday’s final. The field in the final ran significantly slower than the prior day, but the Titans’ efforts measured up quite well, as Dickholtz finished 5th and his teammate took 6th a split second later.
GBS also had other entries in the meet. Junior Luke Pilliod narrowly missed earning finals’ berths in the 110M and 300M hurdles, while the 4x100M relay team of Engel, Ilhenikhena, junior David Harris and junior Sean Alexander also failed to advance. Ilenikhena qualified for but was scratched from the High Jump event so that he could focus on the Long Jump.