For the Brazil Times
Coach Jeff Gambill wasn't sure how to answer when asked to evaluate the Northview Knights' performances in the Western Indiana Conference Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Northview High School.
With the shot put and pole vault still unscored, most teams boarded buses for home knowing Edgewood, with six conference champions, was clearly the winner for the sixth straight year with 181 points.
"Kind of mixed,"? Gambill said. "We had some individuals so pretty well. We had some personal records today. But I was kind of disappointed in some other areas. I think the effort was there, but I'm kind of disappointed in some of our finishes."?
The question remained, who would finish second?
South Vermillion, led by freshman 400-sprint champion James Craigmyle and long jump winner Jon Walton, held second place 89-83 with two events unscored. To that point Northview did not have a conference champion.
But Mitch Havilland and Jordan Keller changed Gambill's view of the meet and the Knights final position. Northview outscored South Vermillion 18-1 in the shot put and 10-0 in the pole vault.
Havilland and Keller finished one-two finish in the shot put, Jared Royer took third and Jordan Maurer fifth in the pole vault and the Knights pulled out a 111-90 over South Vermillion.
"We were supposed to finish second (according to the seeding). I was hoping to have a higher point total than what we ended up with, but we did okay,"? Gambill said.
Havilland put the shot 44 feet, 7 1/2 inches for Northview's only WIC title of the day and a seat at the all-conference banquet. Keller was just 7 1/2 inches behind Havilland in second.
Northview had five second place finishes for the day, often stung by an exceptional effort.
Northview's 4x800-meter relay team of John Latta, Conor Strain, Kolby Henke and Landry Moore led seven of the eight laps. But when the gun sounded for the final lap, Edgewood's Blake Hover started a 400-meter sprint of :57 seconds to blow away the field.
Latta and Strain all had strong second place showings in other events.
Edgewood's Hover later held off Latta to win the 1600-meter run, 4:34.25 to 4:35.71. Strain, who took third in the 1600, finished second in the 3200 in 10:23.74, behind the 10:17.27 by Brown County's Mike Dobson.
And the 4x400-meter relay team of Henke, Moore, Maurer and James Trackwell took second place in 3:45.24, eight seconds behind Edgewood's winning effort.
Team scores: Edgewood 181, Northview 111, South Vermillion 90, Brown County 70, Sullivan 68, West Vigo 61, Owen Valley 27.
4x800 relay - 1. Edgewood 8:27.35; 2. Northview 8:32.85 (Henke, Latta, Moore, Strain).
110-HH - 1. Bradford (Sul) :15.14; 5. Whittington (N) :16.89; 6. Maurer (N) :16.93.
100 - 1. Aff (WV) :11.34; 6. Crowder (N) :12.19.
200 - 1. Aff (WV) :23.26.
1600 - 1. Hover (E) 4:34.25; 2. Latta (N) 4:35.71; 3. Strain (N) 4:47.57.
4x100 - 1. Edgewood :44.90; 4. Northview :46.37 (Boetjer, Crowder, Hakman, Whittington).
400 - 1. James (SV) :51.73; 6. Moore (N) :53.74; 8. Henke (N) :56.18.
300-LH - 1. Bradford (Sul) :41.22; 7. Whittington (N) :45.11.
800 - 1. Burton (BC) 2:04.83; 4. Latta (N) 2:10.67; 6. Kirby (N) 2:1153.
3200 - 1. Dobson (BC) 10:17.27; 2. Strain (N) 10:23.74; 5. Lutes (N) 11:00.63.
4x400 - 1. Edgewood 3:37.25 (Arthur, Edwards, Ray, Wise); 2. Northview 3:45.24 (Henke, Maurer, Moore, Trackwell).
SP - 1. Havilland (N) 44 ft., 7.5 in.; 2. Keller (N) 44-0.
Discus - 1. Breeden (E) 140 ft., 8.75 in.; 6. Keller (N) 115-11.5; 7. Crooks (N) 115-4.
HJ - 1. Willis (Sul) 6 ft.; 7. Lynch (N) 5-4; 8. Rodgers (N) 5-2.
LJ - 1. Walton (SV) 19 ft., 5.25 in.; 5. Lynch (N) 17-10.25.
PV - 1. Sparks (E) 12 ft., 6 in. (ties meet record by Piatt, Northview, 2004); 3. Royer (N) 12-0; 5. Maurer (N) 11-0.
Girls PV - 1. 8-0.; 2. Annie Smiley (N) 8-0;