QUINCY -- Recent high school graduates had several reasons to participate in the second Illinois vs. Missouri All-Star Track Meet Friday night at Flinn Stadium.
Some wanted to win state bragging rights. Some wanted to compete in a track meet one more time before going off to college. Others used it as another way to train and prepare for competing in track at the collegiate level.
But all of them were there to reflect on their last four years and enjoy one more night at the track.
"It was fun to come out here and participate," West Hancock thrower Andy Bird said. "It's something I'll get to tell my kids. I would have loved to throw farther, but this was my last go at it, so I might as well have fun doing it."
That was shared throughout the evening. Athletes who were rivals throughout their high school careers were teammates for one night and trying to score points for their respective states.
The Illinois boys team defeated Missouri 155-61, and the Missouri girls won 107-81.
The combined scores helped Illinois win the meet 216-188.
"I came out here to compete against Illinois and with my team to make them better," Mark Twain distance runner Devin Neff said. "I didn't come out here to slack off or anything. I wanted to run, and I think after not running for three weeks, I did pretty good."
South Shelby distance runner Caitlyn Poore showed that, too. In the 800-meter run, she was a distant third after the first lap. However, in the final lap, she closed on Unity's Megan Adams and Katie Conry. In the final 100, Poore caught Conry and nearly caught Adams at the finish line to finish in second place.
Poore also won the 1,600 in 6 minutes, 26.69 seconds.
"It kind of stinks this was the last time I get to compete, but it was fun to do it one last time," Poore said. "That 800 was a really competitive race and a lot more than I thought it was going to be. It was only 50 more meters, and it's the last time I'm running this race, so I figured I'd just give it my best."
The meet also showcased talent in the boys 100, where Liberty's Seth Rochelle and Rushville-Industry's Basile Buckner went head-to-head. Both finished in the top four in the Class 1A state meet last month.
Buckner won on Friday night in 10.91 seconds, while Rochelle finished in 11.09.
"He's won some, I've won some, and it's nice to have that friendly competition," Rochelle said. "That kind of race is to see who is fast, and him and I one last time was a really good display of that."
Bird won the shot put at 53 feet, 6 inches and the discus in 145-0.
Illini West's Connor Artman won the long jump at 24-2, the 110 hurdles in 14.69 and was part of the winning 4x400 relay that won in 3:35.34.
Illinois vs. Missouri All-Star Track Meet
Illinois 216, Missouri 188
Boys--Illinois 155, Missouri 61
Girls--Missouri 107, Illinois 81
100--Basile Buckner (Illinois), 10.91
200--Basile Buckner (Illinois), 22.62
400--James Gwartney (Illinois), 52.72
800--Jacob Bryan (Illinois), 2:06.47
1,600--Dalton Ellingboe (Illinois), 4:45.66
110 hurdles--Connor Artman (Illinois), 14.69
4x100 relay--Illinois, 42.66
4x400 relay--Illinois, 3:35.34
High jump--Korbin Stratman (Illinois), 6-1
Pole vault--Braxton Long (Missouri), 11-6
Long jump--Connor Artman (Illinois), 24-2
Triple jump--Maurice Silas (Illinois), 40-1.75
Shot put--Andy Bird (Illinois), 53-6
Discus--Andy Bird (Illinois), 145-0
100--Makayla Dickerson (Missouri), 12.94
200--Lauren Glick (Illinois), 27.59
400--Hannah Kroenecke (Missouri), 1:02.81
800--Megan Adams (Illinois), 2:30.75
1,600--Caitlyn Poore (Missouri), 6:26.69
100 hurdles--Lauren Glick (Illinois), 17.62
4x100 relay--Missouri, 54.22
4x400 relay--Missouri, 4:41.31
High jump--Haleigh St. Clair (Missouri), 4-2
Pole vault--Maariko Williams (Missouri), 8-0
Long jump--Lauren Glick (Illinois), 17-6
Triple jump--Katie Vogler (Illinois), 32-9
Shot put--Katelynn Charlton (Missouri), 36-9.5
Discus--Hannah Mitchell (Missouri), 127-9