MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour boys’ track and field coach Todd Lafond thought that his distance runners could end up being a strength of the team this year. His youngsters have proved him right.

The Bulldogs placed second in the Gene Ward Invitational on April 6 in Champaign, and M-S had a runner place in the top 3 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Champaign Central won the invite with a score of 134. M-S was nipping at the Maroons’ heels and finished with 127 points. Urbana took third with 109 and Springfield Southeast was fourth with 95. Eight total teams competed.

Senior Mathias Powell took first in the 3,200 with a time of 9:33.33. Second place was awarded to M-S freshman Kyle Nofziger who ran a personal-best time of 10:15.45.

Jonah Singer placed second in the 800 with a career-best time of 2:05.86. The freshman was terrific and finished just six-tenths of a second behind Urbana senior Destin Lembelembe. Joseph Scheele took third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:27.

Sophomore CJ Shoaf continued his hot streak by placing first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71 seconds. Peter Slezak took home fourth with a PR of 16.62. Shoaf and Sleak both ran PR’s in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second and third, respectively, behind Kai Baumgartner, a junior from Champaign Central. Shoaf finished in 41.12 seconds. Slezak was right behind him at 42.83 seconds.

Shoaf capped off his huge day with a career-best 6-foot, 4-inch leap in the high jump to place first.

Standout thrower Hunter Hendershot once again won the shot put crown easily with a throw of 55-10.5. Morrie Mendenhall continued to make steady improvements. His throw of 48-2.5 was good enough for third place and was the best throw of his career so far.

Junior Costen Campion took home first in the discus with a PR of 131-7.5. The junior edged out Urbana’s Emilio Kabakele by just 19.5 inches.

Corey Cebulski was the sixth Bulldog to win an event when he vaulted 12-6 to place first in the pole vault.

Colin Balbach ran a personal record in the 400-meter race to place sixth with a time of 55.05 seconds. Junior Micah Perkins was 10th with a personal record run of 56.83

Peter Kamp took 10th in the long jump with a leap of 17-3. Kaedon Hamilton was 12th at 16-11. Noah Powell took sixth in the triple jump with a 36-7. Hamilton was seventh with a PR of 35-6

Looking ahead

M-S competed in the Apollo Conference meet on Thursday at Mt. Zion, but results weren’t available at press time. On May 11, the Bulldogs will host the Mahomet-Seymour Invitational starting at 10 a.m.