Staking his claim as the top Class 1A sprinter in the state, Madison junior Andre McGill posted the fast time in the 100 meters during the preliminary round of the Class 1A boys state track and field meet on Thursday at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.
McGill's time of 11.14 seconds was just ahead of the 11.18 time put up by Eureka junior Brett Charlton, as he led the way for metro-east athletes on a stormy opening day of the 2014 state finals.
In all, eight local entries qualified for the finals during a day when the lightning caused at least two lengthy delays.
McGill is trying to become the first Trojans track athlete since 1988 to win a state title.
According to Illinois High School Association records, Madison's Ian Smith won the Class A 400 meter and Jessie Leonard won the long jump at 1988 state finals.
Smith also won the 400 in 1987.
McGill is one of three Trojan entries to qualify for finals.
Darrian Crawford had the fifth-best effort in the triple jump (43-feet, 3 1/4-inches) and the Trojans' time of 1:30.85 is the third best in the 800 relay.
Wesclin will have two athletes in the finals.
The Warriors' Ronnie Drummond ran the sixth-best time in the 300 hurdles (40.10 ), while Justin Goff has the sixth best time in the 100 (11.34).
Nashville senior Chase Hagene has the 10th-best throw in the discus (150-6), while Red Bud junior Mitchell Hooten has the 12th best effort (148-6).
Sparta's 3,200 relay team qualified eighth with a time of 8:12.40.
Also competing for Sparta on Saturday will be Kenny Heaton in the 3,200, which does have a preliminary round.
Lebanon's Zach Curtis also will run the 3,200.
The Class 2A preliminaries are set for 8 a.m. on Friday with the Class 3A event scheduled to start at noon.
The finals in all three classes will be held Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.