Record setting season


The Coal City High School Track and Field team keeps rather detailed records including the top ten records for each event, top 20 records for scoring and fresh/soph records for each event, and as Coach Collin Keppner reports, “we had a lot of record board appearances this season.”


This season marked the first time in 13 years that the Coalers have had an athlete qualify for the Illinois High School Association's Girls Track and Field State Championship, and this year two team members—Evelyn Wills and Ella Wills— advanced to state and are the first Lady Coalers to qualify since the school moved to the 2A division. 


Ella Wills is the #1 All-Time (new school record) in the long jump at 17 feet  4.5inches. The last record of 16 feet 11.5 inches was set by Nicki Marczewski in 2002. Ella also has the #2 All-Time and the Fresh/Soph record in the triple jump at 35 feet 8.75 inches. Her 193.5 points scored on the season makes her the #3 all-time high scorer in a single season. She made the trip down to Eastern Illinois University last weekend for the state track meet, where she became the Lady Coalers first ever 2A All-State Track & Field athlete by taking 9th in the triple jump. The last time a Lady Coaler earned a state medal was 21 years ago in the 1A division.


Sydney Larson is the #1 All-Time (new school record) in the pole vault at 7 feet  0.25 inches. The previous record of 6 feet 6 inches was set by Breanna Whittum in 2003. Sydney also helped set new Fresh/Soph records in the 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay.


New Fresh/Soph Records:


Julian Micetich is the  #4 All-Time in the 110m hurdle at 15.19. The previous F/S record of 15.3 was last set by Dusty Johnson in 1993. Julian qualified for state by time in this event and he will be running on Eastern Illinois’ signature blue track this weekend.  He heads into the state tournament ranked 19th.  Julian also holds the #6 All-Time record in single-season scoring at 176.75 points and the #10 All-Time record in the 300m hurdles at :43.31.


Evelyn Wills comes in at  #2 All-Time in the High Jump at 5 feet  1 inch and #20 in career scoring at 181.5 points.


Maddie Castle is the #4 All-Time in the 300m hurdle at :50.27. The previous F/S record of :51.67 was last set by Kenady Clayburn in 2015. Maddie also earned a #7 All-Time record in the 100m hurdle and has the #8 spot for scoring the most points in a single season (140.88).


Kiki Gabehart is the  #5 All-Time in the 400m at 1:03.10, beating her own F/S record that she set last year. Kiki is also #10 All-Time in the long jump and holds the #12 All-Time spot for career scoring at 257.5 points, which she has earned in just two seasons.


4x100m relay  comprised of  Ella Wills, Kayla Stalter, Sydney Larson and Kiki Gabehart set a new time of :53.77, beating the old F/S record of :55.99 set in 2013.


4x200m relay  team of Kayla Stalter, Bella Bartholomew, Maddie Castle and Sydney Larson set a new time of 1:58.52, replacing the old record of 1:58.58 set in 2013.


4x400m relay featuring  Maddie Castle, Gabby VanDuyne, Kenzie Lovell and Kiki Gabehart set a time of 4:40, beating the old record of 4:48.81 set in 2015.


Other Top 10 Records:

Kayla Stalter - #3 All-Time in the pole vault

Lana Larsen - #4 All-Time in the pole vault

Gabby VanDuyne - #9 All-Time in the triple jump

Colten Sztapka - #10 All-Time in the high jump

Parker Jacovec - #10 All-Time in the long jump


In addition to all the new records, Keppner reported the team had 20 All-Conference athletes this season. 


“As a teacher, I'm also extremely proud that 19 of 23 age-eligible athletes on our team earned an Academic All-Conference title, which can be earned by sophomores and older who have maintained a 3.5 average gpa  or above while participating in a varsity sport,” Keppner said.