They’re familiar names. They’re state champions. They’ve been named the Safety Glasses USA Boys Track Athletes of the Week several times over the last two years.
And as much as we try to seek out a variety of honorees in order to spread the love, sometimes it would be silly to overlook the obvious.
Constantine’s Anthony Evilsizor and Sturgis’ Johnathon Sholl — a pair of unstoppable seniors — share the award again.
Sholl, who is on the hunt for a second Division 2 state title in the 200 meters, was in a league of his own Friday at the Wolverine Conference Championship meet at Vicksburg. After cruising to a victory in the 100 (11.31) and a win in the 200 by almost a second (22.82), he erased what would be an impossible deficit for most prep sprinters in the 4×200. Sholl got the baton on the anchor leg already behind by a good five strides or more. He chewed up the turn and devoured the straightaway to catch Vicksburg, winning with a lean by six one-hundredths of a second. Sturgis registered a time of 1:32.71 for the conference title as a result.
Evilsizor, the defending Division 3 state champion in the 800, went with his Constantine teammates to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division Championship at Delton last Tuesday and he warmed up with a second-place effort in the 400 (50.14) — a personal record that was a half second behind Lawton’s Demetrius Cannon. In the 800, he ran to first place in a time of 2:05.78. Evilsizor ran the anchor leg on the second-place 4×400 relay (3:34.19).
At Friday’s Constantine Invite, nobody could touch him en route to three titles. He won the 400 (51.38) by over three seconds, opted not to run the 800, which he would have won easily, and was the anchor leg for the third-place 4×200 relay (1:37.40). He brought home a victory for the Falcons in the 4×400 relay (3:37.07) and again was the anchor on the team’s victorious 4×800 relay (8:52.12).