Another big track meet meant another strong showing for Robinson High School's boys' track team.
This one did not net a win, but the Maroons fared very well against strong competition, on their way to a second-place finish at the annual Big Trojan Invitational in Charleston.
The Maroons won four events while totaling 142 points, finishing behind only Salem, who won the meet with 176 points. Host Charleston was third with 134, followed by Effingham (73), Mt. Zion (68), Cumberland (53), Marshall (26) and Paris (7).
Blake Hale led the charge for RHS in record-breaking style. Hale broke his own school record by winning the 800 with a time of 1:55.50, while he was also on the 1600 relay team with Aaron Siler, Austin Weck and Alex Schulte that won with a time of 3:31.75.
Michael Akande also scored a win in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.90 and Weck won the triple jump with a distance of 40-11.
Nic Iovanac finished second in both throwing events, with a distance of 135-10 in the discus and 49-0.5 in the shot put, while Jesse Richart was third in both events at 135-7 and 43-0, respectively.
Also finishing second for RHS were Schulte in the 400 (53.79) and the 3200 relay team of J.B. Chapman, Hale, Tyler Thompson and Noah Tennison (8:46.40), while third-place finishers included Austin Beard in the 100 (12.19) and Joe Smith in the long jump (19-8.5).
Finishing fourth were Weck in the long jump (19-5), Nolan Hillard in the 300 hurdles (46.17), the 400 relay team of Schulte, Daniel Richardson, Siler and Beard (46.22) and the 800 relay team of Beard, Richardson, Smith and Siler (1:38.40).
Fifth-place finishers included Chapman in the 3200 (11:33), Smith in the 200 (24.70) and Seth Keeler in the pole vault (12-6), while finishing sixth were Henry Treadway in the 3200 (11:36.30), Tennison in the 1600 (4:50.40) and Cole Chipman in the 400 (55.23).
Robinson is scheduled to participate in a junior varsity meet at Effingham along with Newton today at 4:30 p.m. The varsity squad will take the next week off in advance of the IHSA Class 1A Sectional at Lawrenceville Friday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m.
2013 Big Trojan Boys Track Invitational
Team scores - Salem 176, Robinson 142, Charleston 134, Effingham 73, Mount Zion 68, Cumberland 53, Marshall 26, Paris 7.