CHARLESTON – The Class 2A portion of the IHSA Boys State Track and Field meet was short and not-so-sweet for two area competitors on Saturday.
Dixon's Simon Thorpe and Roy Hummel competed, but neither found the performances they were hoping for in the finals.
Thorpe, a junior, finished with a time of 9 minutes, 28.99 seconds in the 3,200 to claim seventh place among 26 competitors.
"It's not even close to what I was looking for," Thorpe said. "This is very disappointing."
The pace of the race wasn't to Thorpe's liking, and he quickly found himself out of touch with race leaders Riley McInerney of Charleston, Marc Maton of Glenwood and Jake Brown of Mt. Zion. Those three were by themselves for the bulk of the race, and McInerney (9:08.44) and Maton (9:09.49) broke the previous 2A record of 9:14.39 set by Decatur MacArthur's Michael Clevenger in 2011.
"I think I panicked a little bit when I went out in 65 [seconds] and all the lead guys were 10 meters ahead of me," Thorpe said. "I thought I was closing in on them every lap, but I never really made a conscious push."
Hummel, who has been running the 1,600 for only about a month after previously concentrating on the 800, was in third place after the first lap, but faded to a time of 4:34.54, good for 11th place, but a full 7 seconds out of medal contention.
Hummel ran a 4:25.86 in the preliminary round on Friday to earn his spot in the finals.