A strong start to the weekend ended with a disappointing finish for Robinson High School's Joey Wright at the IHSA Class 2A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston.
Wright, who qualified for the state meet by finishing quicker than the state standard in the 800 at the Mahomet-Seymour Sectional, opened his state finals appearance with a career-best time of 1:57.97 in Friday's (May 26) preliminary round, which placed him not only fourth in his heat, but with the fourth-fastest time overall, allowing him to move on to Saturday's (May 27) final round.
With a chance to earn a medal at state with a top-nine finish, Wright unfortunately came in 11th out of 11 runners with a time of 2:00.85.
2017 IHSA Class 2A Boys Track State Finals
At O'Brien Stadium, Charleston
Friday (May 26)
Heat 1 - 1. John Kellum (Richmond-Burton) 1:58.61Q; 2. Mitchell Kremer (Mattoon) 1:59.31q; 3. Kyle Rader (Stanford Olympia) 1:59.32q; 4. Brandon Johnson (Mascoutah) 1:59.42; 5. Craig Collier (Freeburg) 1:59.50; 6. Ben Craw (Mahomet-Seymour) 2:02.68; 7. Will Gaskin (Peotone) 2:04.52; 8. Ryan Pijanowski (LaSalle-Peru) 2:15.63.
Heat 2 - 1. Drew Wilkerson (Freeburg) 1:58.68Q; 2. Josh Cable (Rochester) 1:58.72q; 3. Brendon Sebastian (LaSalle-Peru) 1:58.81q; 4. Nick Mohrdieck (Vernon Hills) 1:59.50; 5. Mason Jones (Mt. Zion) 2:00.67; 6. Blake Jones (Lincoln) 2:00.82; 7. George Walls (Chicago Lindblom) 2:01.77; 8. Riley Fortune (Mahomet-Seymour) 2:05.03; 9. Jon Aquino (Wheaton St. Francis) 2:07.90; 10. Brendon Copp (Oak Park Fenwick) 2:09.33.
Heat 3 - 1. Evan Jacobs (Sycamore) 1:56.24Q; 2. Jake Gillum (Metamora) 1:57.24q; 3. Matthew Drendel (Rochelle) 1:57.77q; 4. Joey Wright (Robinson) 1:57.97q; 5. Chris Stanley (Cahokia) 1:58.07q; 6. Nick Oakley (Charleston) 1:58.78q; 7. Eduardo Rodriguez (Chicago Lindblom) 1:59.99; 8. Jacob Donaldson (Effingham) 2:01.18; 9. Alex Hernandez (Wheaton St. Francis) 2:04.51; 10. Artemas Ray (Chicago Noble/DRW Trading) 2:05.39.