Brandon Battle put on a spectacular show Saturday at O’Brien Field’s big, blue oval.
A standout senior sprinter for the Edwardsville boys track and field team, Battle swept his way to victories in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the Class 3A boys track and field state championship meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Battle kicked off his championship afternoon with an impressive victory in the 100. Racing out of lane one, he crossed the finish line in 10.604 seconds to nip Wauconda’s Javerius McGuinn, who finished in 10.606 seconds.
Battle then set the track aflame as he rolled to a convincing victory in the 400 in 46.48 seconds. It’s the third-fastest time ever at the Illinois state meet according to the Illinois High School Association record book. Battle’s full lap trailed only Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jermar Collins, who went 46.2 in 1996; and Plainfield Central’s Kahmari Montgomery, who went 46.24 in 2015.
Battle’s 46.48 is the fastest quarter mile in Illinois this spring and No. 3 in the nation according to Milesplit.
An Eastern Illinois signee, Battle capped his afternoon with the 200 title as he won in 21.65, beating Minooka’s Tyler Colwell, the top seed entering the race who finished as the runner-up in 21.97.
With Battle’s 30 points on the board, Edwardsville was the top area team as it finished in fourth place. Naperville Neuqua Valley won the championship with 36 points, followed by Minooka (34) and Normal Community West (33).
The only other area individual medalist was O’Fallon senior Taylor Lehman, who was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.2 seconds.
Belleville East’s 400-meter relay team finished eighth in 43.01, a full second behind state champion Minooka. Adewole Oluwatimilehin, Dorian Foster, Saeed Mitchell and Darrius Wilson ran on that Lancers team.