Mt. Vernon's boys track team placed second to Cahokia at the South Seven meet Friday.
The Rams finished with 145 points. Cahokia had 191 points.
“We don't like finishing second,” Mt. Vernon coach Clint Turner said. “Cahokia's a great team. They are really good. They're an overwhelming favorite for the state championship again.”
Other team scores were: Carbondale 81, Marion 69, Centralia 62, Belleville Althoff 0.
The Rams ended the meet with four event winners.
“I think we ran just about as well as we could possibly run,” Turner said. “We got more points out of the field events than I thought we would.”
David Modert won a pair of events for the Rams. He finished the 3,200 meter run in a time of 10:03.36. He won the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:35.44.
Other winners for the Rams were: Joseph McDaniel in the pole vault (12 feet) and Karson Hahn in the 800 meters (1:56.29).
Second-place finishers were: the 3,200 meter relay team of Jake Wilson, Ethan Badger, Xavies Moony and Hahn (8:19.9); Drew Hester in the 110 high hurdles ( 15.43 seconds); the 800 meter relay team of Robert Grider, Dylan Reeves, Crayton Turner and Drew Hester (1:35.60) and the 1,600 meter relay team of Miller, Jake Wilson, Turner and Hahn (3:34.26).
Third-place finishers were: Demontez Miller in the high jump (five feet, eight inches); the 400 meter relay team of Robert Grider, Miller, Crayton Turner and Steve Boss (44.72 seconds); Jake Wilson in the 3,200 meters (10:12.9); Boss in the 400 meters (52.6 seconds); Brykell Patton in the intermediate hurdles (41.52 seconds); Daniel Flood in the 1,600 meters (4:36.77) and Grider in the 200 meters (23.10 seconds).
Fourth-place finishers were: Ethan Badger in the 800 meters (2:01.8); Thomas Spanbauer in the high jump (five feet, four inches); Drew Hester in the long jump (19 feet, two inches); Luke Wilson in the triple jump (38 feet, nine inches); Steve Boss in the 100 meters (11.67 seconds) and Logan Kulinski in the pole vault (11 feet).
Boss was fifth in the 200 meters (23.33 seconds).
Sixth-place finishers were: Miller in the 400 meters (53.69 seconds); Hester in the intermediate hurdles (44.5 seconds); Dylan Reeves (37 feet, seven inches)
The Rams compete in the sectional meet next week.