Mound City edges Newtown-Harris for Class 1 Boys State Title

Mound City's August Meadows and Newtown-Harris' Zackary Cross  (right and left above) flew around the track and over hurdles Saturday afternoon in the 300 meter hurdles side-by-side. Just like they did the day before in the same preliminary race where Cross won, taking first overall in the two prelims in 39.80 while Meadows was 2nd right behind in 39.90. Saturday's final had a lot more riding on it though. An individual state title, ten points to the winner's team and 8 to the runners-up squad, a 4 point swing between those two teams. 

The race felt like microcosm of what had gone on the previous day and what would over the final hour of the 2024 Class 1 State Track and Field Championship meet. Two teams battling back and forth for the lead and ultimately the win. In the 300 hurdles, last year it was Cross who finished strong and dethroned Green City's Asher Buggs-Tipton, getting across the tape as Buggs-Tipton took a spill. 

This time, it was Meadows getting to the finish first and helping Mound City edge edged Newtown-Harris for the 2024 Class 1 Boys State Track and Field Team title. Cross and Newtown-Harris shouldn't hang their heads however, It did take a Class 1 State Meet record of 38.91 by Meadows to get the win over Cross who was 2nd in 38.97. Meadows's new standard bettered John Boswell of Lone Jack's 2006 mark of 38.96 

Mound City finished with 45 points while Newtown-Harris finished with 40 for 2nd.  

Meadows also placed 2nd in the 110H in 15.65, 

The Panthers scored 16 points in the relays with 2nd place finishes in the 4x200 and 4x400, which included Meadows. Earnest Peters added a 4th place finish for the Panthers. 

Newtown-Harris Earns First State Track and Field Trophy

Newtown-Harris, partnering with Grundy County, earned the first state team trophy in state history. They were led by Zackary Cross, Gauge MacGregor, and Hunter Miller. All three had best individual finishers of 2nd among their events, 

Singers Throw Tina-Avalon to Trophy

Tina-Avalon got 32 of their 33 points from the Brothers Avalon. Junior Tucker Singer and sophomore Tanner Singer scored points in the shot put, discus, and javelin. Tucker Singer won the shot put for the third straight year with a best toss of 17.81m/58-5.25. He was also 3rd and 5th in the javelin and discus. Tanner Singer was 3rd in the shot put.