Class 2A state track: Charleston’s Dayton Black second in pole vault, Mattoon’s Payton Smith fourth in discus

CHARLESTON — Charleston’s Dayton Black and Mattoon’s Payton Smith finished off their high school track careers on high notes on Saturday.

Black, who earlier this season broke the school record of 15-3 held by his brother, Chase, tied his brother for the best finish by a Trojan in that event in school history. Black was the runner-up to Prairie Central’s Chandler Ifft, going 15-3.

Smith became the seventh person in Green Wave history to place in the discus and is fourth place finish was the fourth best. Smith threw a career-best 164-3 in the Class 2A state track and field finals at Eastern Illinois’ O’Brien Field.

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