SYCAMORE – At the Ottawa ABC Invitational on Saturday, Connor Weckerly broke the Sycamore discus record only to have teammate Trey Wideman break it minutes later.
On Tuesday, Weckerly took back the record.
The senior thrower took first place in both the discus, with a school-record mark of 160 feet, 1 inch, and shot put in a three-team meet with DeKalb and Morris on a windy night in Sycamore.
“It’s cool but it’s still competitive – Trey can throw it pretty far, so it’s nice to have competition and know there’s somebody there to keep pushing you,” said Weckerly, whose mark of 158-2 at the Ottawa ABC Invite was bested by Wideman’s 159-6.
Weckerly threw 51-0.5 in the shot put for first place, while Wideman took second place in both the discus (148-2) and shot put (44-1.5) to help the Spartans take first place as a team with 74 points – ahead of both DeKalb (44) and Morris (27).
“I think (school records) are good motivation for the kids,” Sycamore coach Pete Piccony said. “It goes up on the board. We have some that are from the ’60s. The fact that this thing has fallen three times in the past week, it gives motivation to keep hitting something. Middle of the season, I don’t know if they care about scoring points at a Tuesday meet, but setting a school record is more motivation and the fact that these two are pushing each other makes it even more fun to watch.”
On the girls side, Sycamore (58) took first, defeating Morris (46) and DeKalb (23). The Barbs were resting their key contributors.
Sycamore freshman Kylie Feuerbach won the shot put (32-4) and took second in the discus (86-3), while Spartans’ freshman hurdler Mary Wetzel took first in the 300-meter hurdles (58.21 seconds) and second in the 100 hurdles (20.57).
In the boys high jump, DeKalb’s Brian Ross and Sycamore’s Griffin Schroeder each cleared 6-1, with Ross winning the tiebreaker for first place. The Spartans swept the distance events – Jake Carani won the 1,600-meter run (4:49.04) and Lucas McKay took the 3,200 (10:50.49) – and the Barbs dominated the 400-meter relay team, with Keonte McKinnie, Zuerek Day, Tristan Bujarski and Tyrese Dyson winning with a time of 43.89.
Bujarski also won the 100-meter dash and Day took the 110-meter hurdles.
Weckerly, who lived in Sycamore through the eighth grade before his family moved to Wisconsin, is new to the Sycamore program this season and is a commit to Ole Miss. He said that he’s been disappointed with his throws during meets compared with what he’s done in practice, but that it feels good to retake the record from Wideman.
“I don’t really want it to go back and forth,” Weckerly said, laughing. “I’d be really happy for him, but I’d be mad at myself for not throwing what I’d like to throw.”
By the numbers: The other local winners in the boys meet were Sycamore’s Joe Petersen (800-meter run), Tremaine Thomas (long jump) and 1,600-meter relay, while DeKalb’s 800-meter relay, Jacob McCann (pole vault) and Nathan Hooper (triple jump). For the girls teams, Sycamore’s Hannah Kirby (1,600), 400-meter relay, Emma Gerwig (pole vault) earned first-place finishes and DeKalb’s Anaiah Rollins (800), Destinisha Eleme (triple jump) and 800 relay all won.
Beyond the stats: Wideman’s name went up on the team’s records on Monday – the day before Weckerly retook the top spot.
They said it: “The school record is going to go down to whoever can break it,” Piccony said. “If Connor breaks it this year, he better set it at a mark that no one can beat because Trey’s a junior, so he can come back and get it next year. Trey’s got more cracks at it than Connor does.”
Up next: The DeKalb boys at the Rocket Relays at Burlington Central on Thursday and the Sycamore boys are at the Peterson Prep Invitational at Kaneland on Saturday.
The DeKalb girls are at the Batavia Invite on Thursday and Sycamore girls are at the Antioch Invitational on Friday.