Northview's Chris Bowman (left) navigates the final hurdle on his way to a victory in the 110-hurdles on Thursday night in the Knights home opening track meet.
By CAREY FOX
The Northview track teams opened their season with a home meet against Western Indiana Conference opponent Owen Valley in less than ideal conditions.
While final results were not yet available for the girls half of the meet, the boys squad opened with a victory, 83-44.
The Knights got double-win performances from a trio of athletes in the meet.
Northview senior Chris Bowman took home victories in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.1 and was a member of the 4X100 relay team who was victorious in a time of 46.1. Jamie Bays, Broc Miller and Devon Chamberlain were also on the team. Bowman was second in the 300 hurdles in 49.9 and T.J. Black was third.
Also winning a pair of events was Neil Vanatti who took the discus title with a launch of 135-11 ahead of third place teammate Nick Gebert's throw of 115-2. Vanatti also won the shotput with a throw of 45-11 with Gebert in second (43-5) and Trent Piatt in third (38-5).
Back on the track, James Grounds won both long distance events with a time of 5:10 in the 1,600 and an 11:32 in the 3,200. Logan Wegner placed second in the 3,200 race and Drew White was third in the 1,600.
Ryan Thompson also had a big night on the track by winning the 400 in 53.3 after the rest of the competitors were disqualified for leaving their assigned lanes. He also came home in second in the 200 meters, running a 24.2 followed by Chamberlain in third (24.9). Thompson also was third in the 110 hurdles in 18.8 and joined Chamberlain, Cody Jones and Bowman in winning the 4X400 meter relay event.
Cole Doyle won the pole-vault by clearing 9-0 and Jacob Talbot was second in the event at 8-6.
In the 100 meters, Chamberlain and Bays went 2-3 in times of 12.0 and 12.3. In the 800 meters, freshman Landry Moore won the event in 2:17.6 followed in close fashion by Hunter Reberger in 2:17.8 and White was in third in 2:21.
"It was kind of rough in some spots," commented boys head coach Jeff Gambill. "The times were affected a lot by the wind. We've got a lot of great athletes but about half of them have never ran track before. I was really happy with (James) Grounds, Landry Moore and Neil Vanatti and I thought Ryan Thompson ran really tough tonight."
The Knights will be back in action at Terre Haute North on Tuesday.
Editors Note: Results were not available for the girls meet at deadline but will be printed when they are received.