TERRE HAUTE -- By all accounts, the Terre Haute boys track sectional went according to plans as Terre Haute South, ranked 12th in the state, flexed their collective muscles to win the team title going away with 216.5 points to North's 161.5.
However, Northview put together a strong meet to place third with 81 points ahead of Linton's 39 and South Vermillion tied West Vigo for fifth in the team rankings.
Youth was certainly served in the meet as Terre Haute South's Andrew Sullivan won both the 1,600 (4:37.67) and 3,200 (10:13.74) meter events and the Braves' Anthony Lewis uncorked winning throws in the shotput and discus events. Lewis ripped off a throw of 172-6 in the discus and threw 49-9 in the shot to gain the sectional titles. South freshman, Jason Johnson was the winner in the 100 meters (11.55) and sophomore Ben Bertoli leaped 21-4 to win the longjump.
For the Northview Knights, there were gutsy efforts all the way around with all three relay teams advancing to the regional, and both Nick Gebert and Neil Vanatti advancing in the throwing events. But there were several heartbreaks as several athletes just missed moving on to the next round.
"I think we far exceeded where we thought we'd be," commented Northview track coach Jeff Gambill. "I don't think we've had three relay teams get out in a long time. We had a lot of PR's (personal records) and kids stepping up tonight."
For Chris Bowman and Devon Chamberlain the results were mixed.
Bowman ran his best time of the year in the 300 hurdles to place third in 4.149 behind Cody McConnaughey of West Vigo and Emmanual Aouad of Terre Haute North (39.96). Bowman ran nearly a full second faster than his seed time to advance to the regional. However, he came up just short in the 110 hurdles, with the top four advancing, Bowman placed fifth as Aouad won in 15.15.
Chamberlain was a fifth place finisher in the 100 meters, running an 11.91 in the finals after an 11.63 in the prelims. Johnson of South was the winner with McConnaughey, Levi Kelley of North and Chris Hahn of South getting the final transfer spot. Chamberlain would also come up just short in the 200 meters, finishing fifth as Elliott Newton of South was the winner in 23.11.
Both however were involved in the relay teams that moved on with the 4X800 team bettering their previous best time by far.
"Our 4X800 team ran 16 seconds better than their best time of the year," commented Gambill. "I mean your talking two sophomores and a freshman on that team. And our 4X100 team had a lot of pressure to perform as the No. 2 seed, but they really came through."
The 4X800 team of Ryan Thompson, Drew White, Hunter Reberger and Landry Moore, ran an 8:39.48 to take a qualifying spot for regionals and the 400 relay team of Jamie Bays, Broc Miller, Bowman and Chamberlain placed second behind South's winning 44.45. Ryan Thompson, Cody Jones, Chamberlain and Bowman were fourth as part of the 1,600 relay team.
In the middle distance events, Clay City's Dustin Souder was the lone Eel to advance to the next round when he made a strong move at the midway point of the final lap to take fourth in the 800 in 2:05.43. James Twitchell of South was the winner in 2:02.41.
"We did all right," commented Clay City coach Keith Jones. "Souder dropped back (in the 800) and came back. He's gutsy. I didn't know if he would pull it off, but it was a gutsy performance."
The Eels Logan Bettenbrock bettered his seed time in the 1,600 meters but came up just short in fifth place despite running a strong 4:44.68. Sullivan was the winner followed by Josh Bedford of North, Brandon Tullock of South and Zach Mayhew of North.
Jamie Bays placed sixth for the Eels in the longjump, leaping 18-9, just ahead of teammate Brandt Lee. Ben Bertoli was the winner ahead of Aouad, Aaron Kulp of South and Chris Russell of North.
Anthony McNeal was the high jump winner, clearing 6-3. In the pole vault, Anthony Bertoli cleared 12-6 to win for South.
The boys track regional will be on Thursday night at Evansville Central beginning at 6 p.m.
Terre Haute North Boys Track Sectional
Team Results: T.H. South 216.5, T.H. North 161.5, Northview 81, Linton 39, S.Vermillion 36, West Vigo 36, Sullivan 22, Clay City 20, North Central 8, Shakamak 3, Riverton Parke 1
3,200 R -- T.H. South, 8:23.81, T.H. North, 8:29.65, Linton, 8:33.83, Northview (Thompson, White, Moore, Reberger) 8:39.48, S.Vermillion, 8:46.91
100 -- Johnson (THS) 11.55, McConnaughey (WV) 11.57, Kelley (THN) 11.72, Hahn (THS) 11.88, Chamberlain (Nv) 11.91
110 H -- Aouad (THN) 15.15, Burris (THN) 15.32, Bertoli (THS) 15.37, Richey (THS) 16.31, Bowman (Nv) 16.66
200 -- Newton (THS) 23.11, B.Bertoli (THS) 23.55, Kelley (THN) 23.97, Brewer (Ln) 24.05, Chamberlain (Nv) 24.10
1,600 -- Sullivan (THS) 4:37.67, Bedford (THN) 4:38.81, Tullock (THS) 4:42.60, Mayhew (THN) 4:43.64, Bettenbrock (CC) 4:44.68
400 R -- T.H. South, 44.45, Northview (Bays, Broc Miller, Bowman, Chamberlain) 45.12, T.H. North, 45.52, West Vigo, 46.15, S.Vermillion, 46.88
400 -- A.Bertoli (THS) 50.10, Oehler (THN) 51.35, Taylor (SV) 51.72, Brown (THN) 52.66, Blade (THS) 52.74
300 H -- Aouad (THN) 39.96, McConnaughey (WV) 41.17, Bowman (Nv) 41.49, Burris (THN) 42.18, Hansel (Ln) 42.53
800 -- Twitchell (THS) 2:02.41, McDonald (Ln) 2:03.12, Housley (THN) 2:05.10, Souder (CC) 2:05.43, Doerr (THS) 2:06.40
3,200 -- Sullivan (THS) 10:13.74, Dason (THN) 10:17.23, Burkett (THN) 10:22.31, Mason (THS) 10:25.62, Shiflett (NC) 10:35.35
1,600 R -- T.H. South, 3:26.06, T.H. North, 3:33.38, Linton, 3:35.51, Northview (Thompson, Jones, Chamberlain, Bowman) 3:39.64, S.Vermillion, 3:40.22
LJ -- B.Bertoli (THS) 21-4, Aouad (THN) 21-2 1/2, Kulp (THS) 19-11.5, Russell (THN) 19-7, Walsh (SV) 19-6
HJ -- McNeal (THS) 6-3, Lee (THN) 6-1, Alexander (SV) 6-0, Warden (THN) 5-10, B.Bertoli (THS) 5-10, May (Sh) 5-10
Disc -- Lewis (THS) 172-6, Baker (THS) 145-11, Vanatti (Nv) 144-1, Gebert (Nv) 143-10, Telschow (Sl) 134-0
SP -- Lewis (THS) 49-9, Baker (THS) 49-7 1/4, Vanatti (Nv) 48-7, Tyler (THN) 46-10 1/2, Gebert (Nv) 46-8 1/2
PV -- A.Bertoli (THS) 12-6, Warden (THN) 12-6, Dallman (THN) 11-6, Swiecki-Taylor (THS) 11-0, Talbot (Nv) 9-6