MOUNT ZION -- The Mount Zion girls track team made history Friday by winning the Apollo Conference Meet for the first time in school history.
Two Braves runners broke school records in three events -- Kaelyn Mackling in the 800 meters (2:24.46) and Sara Addai in the 100 meters (12.96) and 200 meters (25.97) -- as Mount Zion finished with 161 points, outpacing Mahomet-Seymour (121) and Matoon (105).
Other Braves winning field events included Rhiannon Held who won gold in the pole vault with a height of 12-02. Maddi Hardin finished first in both the shot put (35-02) and the discus (106-00) and Mogan Pilate won gold in the long jump (17-01.50) and the triple jump (36-05.50).
"Our other girls in our distance group are so deep. Mahomet’s got a strong team as well, but my girls just chipped away, and the distance runners came together," Mount Zion girls track coach Kelly Fox said. "Morgan Pilate has been getting a lot of media attention lately but tonight she really tried to avoid that extra praise and was more than happy to give it to the record breakers. Maddi Hardin did great as well and she's a hard worker; she’s often the last girl you’ll see at the track, still working out.”
On the boys side of the Apollo Conference Meet, Mount Zion finished second with 118 points, behind Mahomet-Seymour's 132 points.
"Our kids did really well and we had some kids with some personal records for the year. The highlight was probably our 4x400 where we had a very, very good time. Winning the race at the end of the meet is great," Mount Zion boys track coach Patrick Etherton said.
The Braves relay team made up of Carson Fenton, Zach Fenton, Wally Kraus and Mekhi Adams captured gold in the 4x400 with a time of 3:32.38. The 4x800 Braves team made up of Carson Fenton, Jake Shumaker, Gavin Parker and Wally Kraus also took home first place with a time of 8:33.39.
In field events, Mount Zion's Skylar Bennett won the long jump at 21-01.00 and Jayse Booker took gold in the triple jump with a distance of 39-01.00.