URBANA — Hunter Hendershot and CJ Shoaf continued to flex their muscles on the big stage. At Monday’s News-Gazette’s Honor Roll Track & Field Meet, Hendershot dominated the shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 7 inches. It was a season-best mark from Hendershot. Fellow senior Morrie Mendenhall placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 48-1.
M-S coach Todd Lafond believes that both Hendershot and Mendenhall could make a mark at state.
Shoaf placed second in the high jump with a personal record leap of 6-5. He also placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.69 seconds.
It was a good final tuneup before the Class 2A sectionals which was held on Wednesday. Results weren’t available at press time.
But as it stands right now, M-S could have a good chance to advance as a team to state. Mathias Powell, Kyle Nofziger and Corey Cebulski are all guys that Lafond should be able to count on for some points.
Obviously, as a defending state champ, Hendershot is going to have a big target on his back. Shoaf and Mendenhall will both be in the mix as well.
The Class 2A state meet will start on May 23 and go until May 25 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.