O'Fallon Progress

Boys Track: Smith soars to win in boys track opener

The OTHS boys track squad opened their competitive season last Friday in the Principia Indoor meet hosted by Edwardsville High School.

No team results were recorded for the event; however, the Panther tracksters posted several performances in their initial outing for the spring, collecting a total of five medals.

Topping the list of Panther athletes was high jumper Aaron Smith, who collected O’Fallon’s only first place finish. Smith soared past the competition, clearing the bar at 6-feet, 6 inches to claim the meet title.

The O’Fallon squad picked up three second place finishes—one in the 1,600 and the other two in relay events. Standout senior cross country runner Dorrian Gordon began his spring campaign on a positive note with a second place medal in the 1,600.

O’Fallon’s 800 relay teams produced the other second place medals, finishing just off the winning pace in both the varsity and freshmen/sophomore events. Varsity runners, who combined for second, included Severin Blenkush, Logan Whorton, Spencer Phillips and Romeo Scagliarini. Members of the frosh/soph 800 relay team were Joey Black, Matt Gilster, Chris Conrad and Triston Vaira.

Garrett Blenkush completed the list of top OTHS scorers with a third place finish in the 3,200. The Panther boys were scheduled to host Belleville West on Tuesday with another home date against Belleville East set for next Tuesday, March 24.