BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MONMOUTH – Seniors Mikey DiPrima and Macaden Rhoer had top five finishes to lead the Fort Madison boys at the Silver Streak Last Chance indoor meet in Monmouth Saturday morning.
The Hounds competed at the Huff Recreational Center on the Monmouth College campus against some of the bigger high schools on the east side of Illinois. It’s the fourth year the Hounds have made the trek across the river for the event on the 200m oval.
DiPrima, who qualified for state in the long-jump in 2021, hit 5’10” in the high jump Saturday, good enough for 4th place. Rhoer motored to a fifth-place 9.41 in the 60m hurdles, about a .5 second off the pace of Chillicothe’s Nolin Hulett (8.95). DiPrima also finished 8th in the long jump at 19’1″.
Head Coach Mike Schneider said DiPrima and Rhoer are leaders on this year’s squad that will be up against some heavy Southeast Conference competition with perennial powerhouses in Washington and Mt. Pleasant, and now with Burlington in the mix.
“It’s going to be even tougher with Burlington in there. They have a lot of kids out and they are good athletes. Washington is always tough to beat and Mt. Pleasant is always good in field events and hurdles. But I think we can be competitive,” Schneider said.
The Hounds had a few that placed at state last year, including Dayton Davis and Jakob McGowan, not returning this year as seniors, but some some underclassmen are stepping in to fill roles.
Sophomore John Cottrell, who qualified at state in swimming, is handling some of the distance running along with senior Hayden Wolfe.
“Hayden is the veteran in that group of distance guys and John is in really good form and is really strong,” Schneider said.
Cottrell ran a 5:05.32 in the 1600m on Saturday, good enough for 14th overall. He also ran a leg on the 4x800m with Wolfe, Cameron Shutwell, and Dane Butler who finished 10th overall at 10:06.26.
Freshman Caden Barnes is a nice surprise in the shot put. Barnes’ brother Elijah throws for the University of Iowa. Caden took 19th overall Saturday with a 39’2″ throw. The Bloodhound took 3rd Thursday at the Pekin Indoor meet at Central College.
“He’s light years ahead of where a freshman would normally be,” Schneider said.
Schneider said Rhoer has really taken on good form and is running very fast. Rhoer was part of the shuttle relay team at Central College Thursday that took first place. He also took first place in the 60m hurdle event.
“These kids that came today have been coming every day over spring break and working hard and those are the kids that are going to run at meets,” he said.
“DiPrima is a solid senior that’s been doing it every year and working hard and reaping the benefits from that and is placing. Mac is another example of a kid hanging in there every year.”
Schneider will also be relying on senior Andrew Schaefer, who also qualified for state last year in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
Complete results from Saturday and Thursday’s indoor event at Central College including Central Lee are below:
Fort Madison Boys – 60m -Phillip Goldie 7.47 (11th), Brody Cashman 8.08 (41st). 200m – Teague Smith 26.32 (32nd), Ike Thacher 27.40 (42nd). 400m – Heydan Segoviano 1:04.86 (35), Chandler Fullenkamp 1:06.24 (40th). 800m – Dane Butler 2:27.41 (26th), Gavin Callahan 3:01.24 (47th). 1600m – John Cottrell 5:05.32 (14th), Hayden Wolfe 5:36.70 (28th). 60 hurdles – Macaden Rhoer 9:41 (5th), Adam Sobczak 9.99 (9th), 4x200m – Andrew Schaefer, Nick Fullenkamp, Mikey DiPrima and Julian Dear 1:39.87 (9th), 4x400m – Schaefer, Fullenkamp, Rhoer, and Segoviano 4:16.35 (16th). 4x800m – Cottrell, Wolfe, Butler and Cameron Shutwell 10:06.26 (10th). Shot put – Caden Barnes 11.94m (39’2″) (13th), Mateo Lozano 9.25m (30’4″) (47th). High Jump – DiPrima 1.78m (5’10”) (4th). Long Jump – DiPrima 5.82m (19’1) (8th), Fullenkamp 4.63m (15’2″) (37th).
Fort Madison Girls – 200m – Raquel Schneider 31.30 (31st), Chloe Sokolik 31.75 (36th), 800m – Katie Dennis 2:54.47 (14th), Aleya Walz 3:11.57 (29th), 1600m – Dennis 7:03.22 (21st), Walz 7:32.77 (27th). 60m hurdles – Schneider 10.83 (7th), Hailey Kemper 11:05 (11th), 4x200m – Schneider, Kemper, Sokolik and Aija Jenkins 2:08.12 (19th). Shot Put – Lexi Whaley 9.04m (29’8″) (19th). Long jump – Kemper 4.14 (13’7″) (24th).
Pekin Indoor Track Meet (Thursday)
Central Lee boys: Shuttle relay: Jayven Rooney, Ayden Kent, Tom Eschman and Kegan Damico 36:54 (6th). Shot Put – Ostyn Moore 39’8″ (1st), Brody Fuller 39’5″ (2nd).
Central Lee girls: Shuttle relay – Central Lee 36.54 (6th). 4x400m – Central Lee 5.14.00 (6th).
Fort Madison boys: High jump: DiPrima 5’6″ (3rd). Shot Put – Barnes 39’2″ (3rd). Long Jump – DiPrima 18’7″ (1st), Fullenkamp 16′ 6.5″ (5th), Shuttle hurdle – Rhoer, Henry Wiseman, Smith, Sobczak 40.19 (1st). 55 hurdles – Rhoer 8.32 (1st). 4x200m – Schaefer, Fullenkamp, DiPrima and Dear 1.42.60 (3rd), 4x400m – Schaefer, Fullenkamp, Rhoer, and Segoviano 3:52.70 (3rd), 60m Shuttle relay – Smith, Wiseman, Segoviano and Fullenkamp 31.03 (5th). 4x800m relay – Cottrell, Wolfe, Butler and Shutwell 10:04.35 (4th), Distance Medley – Wolfe, Callahan, Shutwell and Cottrell – 13:51.25 (5th). California Mile (8×200) Smith, Thacher, Tommy White, Barnes, Luke Hellige, Braxton Schneider, Sobczak and Butler 3:48.10 (5th).
Fort Madison girls: Shot Put – Whaley 29’11.5″ (3rd). Long jump – 14’3″ (3rd). 55 shuttle hurdle – Fort Madison 42.5 (1st). 55 lows – Jenkins 10.75 (3rd).