MT. VERNON — David Modert and Joseph McDanel ended their Rams track careers with all-state honors on Saturday.
“Just getting to the finals is an accomplishment,” Mt. Vernon coach Clint Turner said. “And that's in itself a lot of people have got to that state meet and not gotten to that final stage of the meet. So just to get there is one thing.”
Joseph McDanel leaped 15 feet in the pole vault for a third-place finish at the 2A state final in Charleston. Salem's Tyler Jourdan won the individual crown with a vault of 15 feet, six inches. The finish was McDanel's second straight all-state performance. He finished ninth as a junior last year.
Modert was seventh in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:24.58. Ben Mohrdieck of Vernon Hills won the race with a time of 4:20.71.
“To become an all-stater is really big,” Turner said.
The two placings helped Mt. Vernon finish with 10 points as a team and tie for 24th. Cahokia won the team title with 90 points. The Comanches edged Maple Park Kaneland, which finished with 84 points.
Mt. Vernon's Robert Grider and Brykell Patton were both eliminated in the preliminaries on Friday along with the team's 800 and 1,600 meter relay squads.
“We had a good year,” Turner said. “Our kids are, I think, happy with the season.
“I felt we had a really good year with just the invitationals that we won, the improvement, we had a lot of good performances in a lot of different events.”