Athletes set personal records, earn medals at O'Neill Invite


April 20, 2023

Jody Schindler | SAM

"Eat, sleep, throw, repeat • Joe Ahlers relies on tech- nique to throw 43' 9 in shot put at the O'Neil ite. Ahlers placed sixth overall in the April 13 meet."

Less than one second separated finalists in the 100m race at the April 13 O'Neill Invite.

When the dust settled, Trevor Thomson found himself in the middle of the pack, finishing fourth after an 11.68 performance.

Kendrick Schroeder finished 14th in preliminaries, running 12.26; Shayne Jenkins placed 37th, recording 13.28.

Thomson qualified for the 200m finale, registering 23.89 in prelims; however, he did not run in the final.

Jenkins finished 35th in preliminaries. He ran 27.00.

Ryan Rifer and Ruger Switzer finished second and third, respectively, in high jump. Rifer cleared 6', while Switzer jumped 5' 10. Carter Bergman finished eighth, reaching 5' 6.

Sam Cheatum ran under the one-minute mark in the 400m, recording 59.39 and placing 15th. Preston Hoke ended in 18th, running 1:00.20, while Jenkins recorded 1:04.17, which placed 31st.

AJ Hobbs finished 14th in the 1600m, running 5:46.71.

Alec Schindler and Michael Koenig ran 17.62 and 17.78, respectively, in the 100m hurdle preliminaries. Schindler finished seventh in finals, running 17.36 and Koenig, eighth, crossing in 17.53.

Schindler finished fifth in the 300m hurdles, with a 44.89 time. Parker Napier placed 10th, running 47.47. Koenig ended 17th, with a 50.66 time and Hoke ended 19th, recording a time of 51.17.

Koenig, Hobbs, Cheatum and Jaykwon Petite finished ninth in the 4x400. They ran 4:00.98.

Napier tied for eighth place in pole vault. He cleared, 9' 8. Ethan Kester tied for 16th after clearing 9' 2. Cheatum cleared 8'8, to place 21st.

In long jump, Thomson reached 18' 4 to place 10th, tying Switzer. Napier landed at 18' 2.5, to place 12th. Koenig jumped 16' 8, placing 26th.

Schindler placed sixth in triple jump after landing at 38' 7. Hoke placed 16th, reaching 34'11.25.

Gavin Whiting and Joe Ahlers received medals in shot put. Whiting threw 44' 7 to finish fifth. Ahlers ended in the sixth spot after reaching 43' 8.5. Levi Cronk placed 22nd, throwing 35' 6.75. Kevin Lopez threw 17' 5, placing 68th.

In discus, Cronk ended in sixth with a 123' 4 toss. Whiting missed the medal count, finishing ninth with a throw of 110' 6. Ahlers landed in 40th, tossing 82' 6. Lopez threw 45' 2, to end in 62nd place.

The Bobcat boys' track team finished ninth, scoring 25 points. Norfolk Catholic claimed the team title, with 125 points and Ord took the runner-up trophy, scoring 80 points, in the 14-team field.


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