PBL's Bachtold, Muller win top-five medals at IHSA Class 1A state boys track and field meet

CHARLESTON — The mascot for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic teams has long been the Panthers.
 
But, on Saturday, Garrett Bachtold and Jonathan Muller, two PBL track athletes, made like the Official Bird of America, the Bald Eagle, and soared with the Eagles.
 
Both hit that rarefied air as they finished in the top five in their events at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A State Championships.  Bachtold, a junior, finished second in the pole vault, as he soared to 14 feet, 9 inches. The junior, who undoubtedly is thinking about winning a state championship in one year, will have plenty of underclass company to overcome.
 
“Garrett holds himself to a very high standard,” said PBL head coach Dustin Franckey. “Ending the year as the runner up and a school record was a perfect way to finish the season. Both he and Muller not only worked hard the final week of the season, but the entire year to make this happen.”
 
Kyle Kruhtoff, an Erie junior, won the pole vault with a leap of 15-6. Three juniors took the top three spots and overall, seven juniors were named all-staters, while two sophomores grabbed the other two spots. With the second-place finish, Bachtold made history at PBL, becoming the highest finisher in history for the boys.
 
Muller was not far behind Bachtold, placing fourth in the long jump. Muller recorded a leap of 22-0.5. He was only 1/4 of an inch from earning the bronze medal, as Hume Shiloh Coop junior Ramsey Hunt finished third with a leap of 22-0.75. Three seniors were named all-staters while the other six all-state medals were given to underclassmen. Tate Walcott, a Colfax Ridgeview Coop junior, posted the winning leap of 24-0.25.
 
“It was icing on the cake for Jonathan,” said Franckey of his senior jumper. “He finished his career in a very classy way. He managed to jump both days and juggle graduation.”
 
Not to mention two relays as well. In addition to jumping in the long jump, the senior speedster, as he was most meets this year, was involved in the 800-meter relay, the 400-meter relay and the 100-meter dash. He qualified for the state prelims in each event. In the 100-meter dash, Muller finished in 11.22 seconds, which was good for third in the first heat. He missed the finals by 6/100ths of a second as Spring Valley Hall sophomore Marshall Walk made the finals with a time of :11.16.
 
Muller joined forces with Riley Cuppernell, Travis Jones and Mason Ecker to finish third in their heat of the 800-meter relay. The foursome ran a time of 1:31.90. The same foursome ran a time of :44.55 in the 400-meter relay to take sixth in their heat.
 
Like Muller, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley junior Caleb Bleich advanced to the state prelims in four events. They were all individual events, however.
 
Bleich will have an opportunity to improve next year, but in 2018, he was part of the competition in the long jump, the triple jump, the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
 
He missed making the finals of the 400-meter dash by less than 1/10th of a second. Two competitors ran a time of :51.00 and that advanced to the Class 1A Finals on Saturday. Bleich, who ran a time of :51.05 was the 10th finisher in the prelims and they take nine to the finals. He did not post a time in the 200-meter dash.
 
In the long jump, Bleich finished 10th in the third flight with a leap of 20-1.25. He was also 10th in his flight of the triple jump. In the second flight, he leapt 40-2.25.
 
Like Bleich, Tyler Ricks, also a junior at GCMS, will have another chance to make the finals of the 800-meter run next year. Ricks finished eighth in the third and final heat, dashing to the finish line in 2:03.15. A time of 2:00.62 or faster, which was run by Evanston-based Beacon Academy sophomore Charlie Clary, earned a trip to the finals.
 
IHSA CLASS 1A BOYS' STATE MEET
At Charleston
Team scores
1. Ridgeview/Lexington, 50; 2. Rockford Lutheran, 44; 3. Rushville/Industry, 37; 4. Carthage Illini West, 35; 5. Warrensburg-Latham, 33; 6. Pleasant Plains, 31 1/2; 7. Forreston, 27; 8. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, 26; 9. Macon Meridian, 24; 9. Madison, 24; 9. Sterling Newman Central Catholic, 24; 12. Lena-Winslow, 22; 13. Tuscola, 19; 14. Morrison, 18; 15. Altamont, 16; 15. Chicago F.W. Parker, 16; 15. Hume Shiloh, 16; 15. Warsaw, 16; 19. Athens, 15; 20. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 14; 21. Williamsville, 13; 22. Salt Fork, 12; 22. Illini Bluffs, 12; 24. Chicago Hope Academy, 11; 25. Erie, 10; 25. Farmington, 10; 25. Galva, 10; 25. Mount Pulaski, 10; 25. St. Joseph-Ogden, 10; 25. Westmont, 10; 31. Oregon, 9; 31. Spring Valley Hall, 9; 33. Argenta-Oreana, 8; 33. Belleville Althoff Catholic, 8; 33. Chicago Leo, 8; 33. DuQuoin, 8; 33. Elmwood, 8; 38. Aledo Mercer County, 7; 38. Auburn, 7; 38. Elmhurst Timothy Christian, 7; 38. Kewanee Wethersfield, 7; 38. Lawrenceville, 7; 38. Pittsfield, 7; 38. Riverton, 7; 38. Shelbyville, 7; 46. Bloomington Central Catholic, 6.5; 47. Liberty, 6; 47. Nashville, 6; 49. Elgin St. Edward, 5; 49. Knoxville, 5; 49. Palestine, 5; 49. Sullivan, 5; 49. Taylor Ridge Rockridge, 5; 54. El Paso-Gridley, 4; 54. Melrose Park Walther Christian, 4; 54. Sesser-Valier, 4; 54. Tremont, 4; 58. Chicago Providence St. Mel, 3; 58. Seneca, 3; 58. Trenton Wesclin, 3; 58. Vandalia, 3; 62. Carlinville 2.5; 62. Lowpoint-Washburn, 2.5; 64; Breese Mater Dei, 2; 64. Chicago Latin, 2; 64. Elgin Harvest Christian Academy, 2; 64. Elgin Westminster Christian, 2; 64. Deer Creek-Mackinaw, 2; 64. Newark, 2; 64. Vienna, 2; 71. Casey-Westfield, 1; 71. New Athens, 1; 71. Pecatonica, 1; 71. Robinson, 1; 71. Watseka, 1; 71. Winnebago, 1.
100-meter dash
1. Easton Bianchi (SNCC) 10.6; 2. Diondre Lewis (WL) 10.89; 3. Basile Buckney (R-I) 11.09; 4. Seth Rochelle (Liberty) 11.14; 5. Charly Tshibuabua (R-I) 11.17.
PBL preliminary results -- Jonathan Muller, 11.22.
200-meter dash
1. Easton Bianchi (SNCC) 21.73; 2. Mason Barr (Ridgeview) 22.41; 3. Tate Walcott (RIdgeview) 22.41; 4. Charly Tshibuabua (R-I) 22.43; 5. Marshall Brown (Meridian) 22.56.
400-meter dash
1. Charly Tshibuabua (R-I) 49.17; 2. Makail Stanley (AO) 49.34; 3. Xavier Ross (Timothy Christian) 49.41; 4. Greg Downs (Auburn) 50.08; 5. Keegan Anderson (Morrison) 50.13.
GCMS preliminary results -- Caleb Bleich, 51.05.
800-meter run
1. Riley Wells (Rockford Christian) 1:53.72; 2. Jacob Bryan (CIW) 1:54.11; 3. Shane Yamco (Riverton) 1:54.33; 4. Brandon Schnitker (Nashville) 1:54.78; 5. Dawson Rogers (Salt Fork) 1:56.56.
PBL preliminary results -- Tyler Ricks, 2:03.15.
1,600-meter run
1. Logan Hall (ALAH) 4:22.45; 2. Wyatt McIntyre (Athens) 4:22.93; 3. Eli Ten Eyck (Pittsfield) 4:23.17; 4. John McNabola (FWP) 4:25.69; 5. Ian Hussung (Oregon) 4:26.33.
3,200-meter run
1. John McNabola (FWP) 9:24.68; 2. Logan Hall (ALAH) 9:25.14; 3. Wyatt McIntyre (Athens) 9:33.29; 4. Javon Watkins (Madison) 9:48.18; 5. Negus Bogard (Palestine) 9:49.2.
110-meter hurdles
1. A.J. Christensen (Forreston) 14.37; 2. Mason Barr (Ridgeview) 14.59; 3. Dontez Pittman (Madison) 14.9; 4. Connor Artman (CIW) 14.97; 5. Kyle Casper (Westmont) 15.01.
300-meter hurdles
1. A.J. Christensen (Forreston) 37.97; 2. Riley Baker (SJO) 38.55; 3. Caine Wilson (Salt Fork) 39.16; 4. Judd Anderson (Farmington) 39.25; 5. Connor Artman (CIW) 39.62.
4x100 relay
1. Warrensburg-Latham, 42.43; 2. Lena-Winslow, 43.0; 3. Rockford Christian, 43.1; 4. Rushville-Industry, 43.21; 5. Spring Valley Hall, 43.54.
PBL preliminary results -- Riley Cuppernell, Jonathan Muller, T.J. Jones, Mason Ecker, 44.55.
4x200 relay
1. Ridgeview, 1:29.06; 2. Rockford Christian, 1:29.64; 3. Lena-Winslow, 1:29.99; 4. Althoff, 1:30.01; 5. Meridian, 1:30.62.
PBL preliminary results -- Riley Cuppernell, Jonathan Muller, T.J. Jones, Mason Ecker, 1:31.9.
4x400 relay
1. Pleasant Plains, 3:23.01; 2. Rockford Christian, 3:23.67; 3. Meridian, 3:23.7; 4. Kewanee Wethersfield, 3:24.25; 5. Warrensburg-Latham, 3:24.8.
4x800 relay
1. Morrison, 8:00.59; 2. Pleasant Plains, 8:06.14; 3. Elmwood, 8:08.5; 4. Tuscola, 8:09.38; 5. Rockford Christian, 8:10.76.
High jump
1. Jorden Tedford (WL) 6-8; 2. Kobe Wells (ALAH) 6-6; 3. Cameron Gets (Meridian) 6-6; 4. Bo Bevilacqua (BCC) 6-5; 4. Tristen Tewes (Pleasant Plains) 6-5; 6. Vidal Cargo (Chicago Leo) 6-3.
Long jump
1. Tate Walcott (Ridgeview) 24-0 1/4; 2. Connor Artman (CIW) 23-3 1/4; 4. Jonathan Muller (PBL) 22-0 1/2; 5. Zachary Olenek (Elgin St. Edward) 21-9 1/2.
PBL preliminary results -- Jonathan Muller, 22-0 1/2.
GCMS preliminary results -- Caleb Bleich, 20-1 1/4.
Triple jump
1. Peyton Sopiars (Galva) 45-0 3/4; 2. Dasani Edward (DuQuoin) 44-4 1/4; 3. Ramsey Hunt (Shiloh) 44-3 1/4; 4. Connor Artman (CIW) 43-5 1/4; 5. Michael Hill (GIB) 43-4 3/4.
GCMS preliminary results -- Caleb Bleich, 40-2 1/4.
Shot put
1. Hunter Woodard (Tuscola) 60-4 1/2; 2. Andy Bird (Warsaw) 56-3; 3. Jackson Sheckler (GIB) 55-9 3/4; 4. Nate Brown (Altamont) 52-10; 5. Ghage Lambasio (Knoxville) 52-6 1/2.
Discus
1. Peyton Taylor (MTP) 177-3; 2. Jarod Pankau (Hope) 164-9; 3. Chase Schmitt (Pleasant Plains) 164-2; 4. Bradley Olysav (Williamsville) 160-3; 5. Cameron Gersicher (TRR) 156-9.
Pole vault
1. Kyle Kruhtoff (Erie) 15-6; 2. Garrett Bachtold (PBL) 14-9; 3. Cole Sumner (Lawrenceville) 14-9; 4. Tim Moore (Altamont) 14-3; 5. Jadon Nuzzo (Sullivan) 14-0.
PBL preliminary results -- Garrett Bachtold, 13-3.

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