Pelion matched a school record with three gold-medal performances at the Class 2A state boys track and field championship meet Saturday at Harry Parone Stadium.
Senior Shane Kyzer was a winner in the 1600- and 3200-meter races, while senior Erik Mobley scored in the shot put. For Kyzer, it was a sweet way to close out his career – beating out defending champion Stefan Shealy of Broome in both races. In the process, he denied Shealy’s bid to become a three-time winner in the 3200. Kyzer finished third in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600 a year ago.
Kyzer became the school’s fifth 3200 champion, and his time of 9:54.91 was the best ever by a Panther state entry. His winning time of 4:31.55 in the 1600 was also a school-best mark in the event at the state finals.
Mobley earned the distinction of being Pelion’s first-ever state champion in either of the throwing events.
Pelion’s previous three-gold year outing was in 1992 at the 1A level when Scott Wright won the 1600 and 3200 and Lee Sharpe topped the high jump field.
This time, however, the Panthers did not have the same depth as the 1992 squad, which finished with 62 points and placed second behind Johnsonville. Pelion’s 30 points last weekend did net an eighth-place finish for the second year in a row, marking the first back-to-back Top 10 state efforts since moving up to 2A in 1997.