The Lions’ hopes of adding an eighth state championship in track and field are non-existent with only two qualifiers headed for the state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
But senior Jakolbi Wilson heads south as the Class 1-A Sectional champion in the shot put (46 feet, 5 inches) and discus (123-4) after placing first in both events at the Hope Academy Sectional on May 19. Sophomore Joshua Ball was runner-up in the high jump after clearing 5 feet 3 inches.
State meet points, though, are unlikely for the Lions. Wilson is seeded 18th in the shot and 36th in the discus, while Ball qualified 43rd in the high jump.