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Wildkit runners track down 2nd place finish

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Evanston’s runners scored six victories on the track — more than any other school — but Edwardsville made up the deficit in the field events and captured the team title Saturday at the Jim Arnold Classic hosted by Glenbard West.

Edwardsville outscored the Wildkits 111-85 in the 15-team field. Coach Don Michelin’s Kits mustered just a total of 7 points in the field events, with the top six finishers in each event earning points.

Junior Roland Amarteifio turned the tables on one of the state’s top hurdlers, Eric Walker of St. Rita, and took top honors in the 100-meter hurdles with a winning time of 14.59 seconds. Walker placed 2nd in 14.67 after beating Amarteifio at the Illinois Prep Top Times indoor invitational six weeks ago.

The ETHS junior might have won the 300 hurdles, too, but settled for 2nd after getting stuck at the start when he didn’t hear the command of the starter correctly.

“He got revenge on that St. Rita kid and that 14.59 is one of the better times in the state this year,” pointed out Evanston coach Don Michelin. “He should’ve won the intermediates, too. After the starter said on your mark, Roland thought he said stand up, instead of set. He did overcome that and came back to finish second (in 40.20), but he was never really in that race. Still, Roland is starting to beat some really good people. He outsprinted that guy from St. Rita after the last hurdle, and at the Prep Top Times it was the St. Rita guy who outsprinted him. So you could say he turned the tables on him.”

Carl Klamm won the open 400 for the Wildkits in 49.50 and ran three strong relay legs to help the Kits to victories in the 400-meter relay and 800 relay. Klamm teamed up with Reggie Murphy, Brad Garron and Malachi Adams with a split of 10.5 that assured a win in 42.49. In the 800, the team of Garron, Adams, Marcus Starks and Klamm (21.7 anchor) won in 1:29.30.

Evanston had to settle for 5th place in the 1600 relay due to a mishap between leadoff runner Garron and No. 2 runner Trinton Jones. Garron stepped on Jones’ foot during their exchange and it took a 49.3 split from Klamm to come back to 5th place in 3:30.21.

Murphy (10.95 in the 100) and Adams (22.15 in the 200) added wins in their respective dashes. Also chalking up top finishes were Jones, 3rd in the 800 in 1:59.72, and Colin Watson, 5th in the 400 in 51.62.

Freshman Jonathan Wilburn contributed a 3rd in the triple jump at 41 feet, 4.25 inches and Taj Jackson took 6th in the discus at 146 feet.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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