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Tigers win eight events, set seven frosh records indoors at Prin – Alton Telegraph

The present and future were on display for the Edwardsville boys track and field team Friday.

The Tigers won eight events, including four in the varsity division, during the Tiger Indoor Meet at Principia College in Elsah. It was the third and final indoor meet of the season for Edwardsville.

“This really gives us a good idea of where the kids are before going into the outdoor season. The curves are a little bit tighter, but this is a good start for us,” Edwardsville coach Chad Lakatos said. “We canceled this meet two years ago, so it is great to have the indoor season again. I thought our team performed really well.”


Edwardsville set seven freshman indoor school records.

Freshman indoor records included Darren Wilson in the 60-meter dash in 7.38 for fifth; Iose Epenesa in the shot put with a mark of 46-0 for fifth in the varsity division; Clayton Lakatos in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.11 for first and the 200-meter dash in 24.06 for seventh in varsity; the 3,200-meter relay team of Aidan Jumper, Jackson Amick, Parker Weaver and Hugh Davis in 9:27.23 for fourth; the 800-meter relay team of Wilson, Lakatos, Chris Malone and Jacob Wahl in 1:38.74 for first; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Wahl, Gino Montgomery, Chris Malone, and Darren Wilson in 3:47.89 for third.

As for the present, the Tigers picked up four wins at the varsity level, including a dominating performance from senior Ryan Watts in the 1,600-meter run.

Watts took first, setting the meet record in 4:23.40. Teammate Geordran Patrylak was right behind him in second in 4:25.11.

“Today was interesting,” Watts said. “I had a job to pace Geo, but I don’t think I did as good of a job as I would have liked. We were still able to get the PRs. I wasn’t too mad about the day but definitely not satisfied.”

An Iowa State recruit, Watts ranks 15th in the state in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200.

Friday was Watts’ second race of the indoor season. He also competed in the Lakes Indoor Meet on Feb. 26, where he won the 3,200 in 9:13.15.

“It’s been a crazy past three years,” Watts said. “I have run a couple of indoor races, but they were unattached. It was nice to get out here in front of the boys and help contribute to the team.”

For Lakatos, it has been rare to have Watts in his lineup. The 2020 season was shut down because of COVID and Watts was injured for a majority of the 2021 season.

“I really haven’t seen too much of him – just what he has done in cross country. I’m really excited to see him,” Lakatos said.

Watts and Patrylak teamed up in the 3,200-meter relay to help EHS to a first-place finish.

Liam Hoeferlin, Ryan Luitjohan, Watts and Patrylak clocked in at 8:13.94 for first. They won by nearly 30 seconds over runner-up O’Fallon.

Edwardsville’s Malik Allen earned a first-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 12.96 meters (42…….

Source: https://www.thetelegraph.com/sports/article/EHS-wins-eight-events-at-Tiger-Indoor-sets-seven-16998351.php

The present and future were on display for the Edwardsville boys track and field team Friday.

The Tigers won eight events, including four in the varsity division, during the Tiger Indoor Meet at Principia College in Elsah. It was the third and final indoor meet of the season for Edwardsville.

“This really gives us a good idea of where the kids are before going into the outdoor season. The curves are a little bit tighter, but this is a good start for us,” Edwardsville coach Chad Lakatos said. “We canceled this meet two years ago, so it is great to have the indoor season again. I thought our team performed really well.”

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The present and future were on display for the Edwardsville boys track and field team Friday.

The Tigers won eight events, including four in the varsity division, during the Tiger Indoor Meet at Principia College in Elsah. It was the third and final indoor meet of the season for Edwardsville.

“This really gives us a good idea of where the kids are before going into the outdoor season. The curves are a little bit tighter, but this is a good start for us,” Edwardsville coach Chad Lakatos said. “We canceled this meet two years ago, so it is great to have the indoor season again. I thought our team performed really well.”

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