Boys track team sixth at Milan Invitational


The Switzerland County Pacer boys track team didn’t have all of its team members present at last Thursday’s Milan Invitational track meet, and in the end the short-handed Pacers finished sixth in the meet.

Milan won the meet with a score of 143; followed by Jac-Cen-Del with 76; South Decatur with 75; Southwestern with 69; North Decatur with 63; and Switzerland County with 38.

Junior Ben Hickman continued his outstanding season, finishing first in the 200-meter dash in a time of :23.56; second in the long jump; fifth in the discus; and was part of the 400-meter relay team along with Nathan Hickman, B.J. Shelton, and Brandon Otter that finished fourth.

Third place points were scored by Brandon Otter in the high jump; and fourth place points were earned by Nathan Wegman in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Fifth place finishers included Nathan Hickman in the 110-meter high hurdles and in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; and B.J. Shelton in the shot put.

Josh Snow was sixth in the 1,600-meter run; and Jim Abbott was sixth in the 3,200-meter run.


On Saturday, the Pacers participated in the Madison Invitational, finishing fourth in a field of seven teams.

Indian Creek won the meet with a score of 123, followed by Madison with 102, South Dearborn with 72, Switzerland County with 53, South Ripley with 49, Jac-Cen-Del with 41, and Pekin Eastern with 38.

Ben Hickman brought home Switzerland County’s lone blue ribbon, winning the long jump with a leap of 19’9 1/4”. Ben Hickman was also third in the 200-meter dash; and was part of the fourth place 400-meter relay team, along with Brandon Otter, T.J. Sefton, and Nathan Hickman.

Jim Abbott was second in the 3,200-meter run; and Brandon Otter was second in the high jump.

Third place was earned by T.J. Sefton in the 100-meter dash; and he was also fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump. B.J. Shelton was fourth in the shot put; and fifth place was earned by Josh Wegman in the 110-meter high hurdles.

“We finished ahead of other conference schools that were in the meet, and that’s always a goal,” Coach Sean McGarvey said. “I was very proud of several individual performances.”