- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - York put together a solid team effort to claim the Illinois High School Association Class 3A championship. The win dethroned reigning three-time state champion Lake Park.

The Dukes scored 40 points Saturday without placing first in any event, edging Lake Park and Edwardsville who were tied for second with 36 apiece at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien field.

“We thought we had to hit on all cylinders and we didn’t, but nobody did,” York head coach Stan Reddel said. “We got help from kids we didn’t expect to get that much help from; kids that were sick or injured, kids we weren’t even sure would be able to go today. They showed a lot of resolve and a lot of character.”

This is Reddel’s second and last 3A title with the team as the head coach. He announced his retirement to the team in early January.

“Somebody asked me which (title) feels the best. They all feel good,” Reddel said. “It’s a great way to go out.”

Runner-up Lake Park got first place finishes from Marcus Jegede in the triple jump with a distance of 48 feet, 4.75 inches and Antonio Shenault in the 110 hurdles.

Cahokia won their fourth straight 2A title by outscoring Kaneland 90-84. Tyran Lyons anchored the Comanchees in the 4x400 relay, where they set a new 2A state record with a time of 3:17.66.

Lyons anchored the Comanchees third-place 4x800 relay team as well.

“It was very important to place third,” Lyons said after the 4x800. “We know we’re in a very tough battle with Kaneland. We know every point is going to be big and we know had to beat them in the race.”

Kaneland was second in the 4x800 relay and second in the 4x400 relay where the Comanchees broke their own state record from 2011.

“We worked very hard,” Lyons said. “We missed holidays with the family. We were in practice running up hills. Coach spends his hard work and time with us every day, and he put his whole life into track. Our seniors won it three years straight so we had to get it one more year for them.”

Cahokia got first place finishes from Gary Hickman in the 110 hurdles, first and second in the triple jump from Jamari Ward and Jalon Monigan respectively and won the 4x100 relay.

Jonah Walker won the discus for Aurora Christian, who outscored runner-up Eureka 46.5-42 for the Class 1A state crown.

Eureka won the 4x100 relay in 42.90 seconds and won the 4x200 relay as well.

Eureka’s Brett Charlton was also crowned the 100 dash state champion.

El-Paso Gridley’s Nathan Schertz medaled as the only competitor in the wheelchair division for the discus, 100, 200 and 800 meter race.

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