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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Northview freshman Joel Whittington (left)?and Clay City's Orry Heffner race to the finish line in the 110 meter hurdle finals at the Terre Haute North Sectional on Thursday. Whittington placed fourth to advance to the regional while Heffner placed seventh for the Eels.

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- There wasn't much that was appealing about the weather at Thursday's boys' track sectional held at Terre Haute North, but both Clay City and Northview's coaches found their teams' efforts very pleasing.

Steady rain and chilly temperatures were the rule throughout nearly the entire meet, but both Clay City coach Keith Jones and Jeff Gambill of Northview saw plenty to be happy about in their team's results.

"We did really well," said Gambill of his squad. "I'm really happy with our results and I think we've got a good shot to place third (as a team)."

The pole vault was postponed until today with conditions not very conducive to the event, but the Knights were in the thick of a three-team race for third with Shakamak and South Vermillion.

Jordan Keller ripped off a throw of 118-8 1/2 to place fourth and advance to the Evansville Central Regional in the discus.
Clay City's Jones saw all three of his relay teams advance to the Evansville Central Regional on Wednesday evening.

All three of the teams placed fourth and will move on to the next level of the IHSAA postseason.

"We felt we had a good shot (to qualify all three teams)," said Jones. "We're really happy about (qualifying). This should give us some confidence too."

Northview's 4x800 relay team of Conor Strain, John Latta, Kolby Henke and Landry Moore raced to a second place finish behind the host Patriots to advance as well.

The Eels will send Jesse Vansickle, Cole Beckley, Kevin Cook and Parker Modesitt on to regional after a fourth place.

In the 4x100 relay, Kyle Seymour, Gary Payne, Jared Tiefel and Ryan Sutton advanced with a time of 46.22 and the 4x400 team of Seymour, Sutton, Cook and Beckley ran a 3:45.56 to advance.

Cook, who missed much of the season due to an ankle injury suffered in basketball, is still regaining his form according to Jones.

"He's still not 100 percent. But to get what he has is great," said Jones. "We sure wish he was 100 percent, but these kids have worked hard and did a heck of a job."

Northview's Moore sat out the 400 meters in order to compete at full strength in the 800 and it paid off in a third place finish in 2:04.38, which bested his seed time by a full second.

Strain will also move on with his third place run in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 10:09.68, more than 20 seconds better than his seeded time. John Latta could also advance after finishing fifth in the 1,600 meters if Shakamak's Anthony Witt scratches from the regional event.

Witt was the winner of both distance events, finishing in 4:25.45 to win the 1,600 and 9:22.73 to edge out North's Zach Mayhew in the 3,200 by three seconds.

Northview's Joel Whittington raced to a regional qualifying fourth place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.12.

"We could get three distance runners out and Joel (Whittington) qualifying in the 300 hurdles was a pleasant surprise," said Gambill of his freshman.

In the field events, the conditions evidently agreed with Northview's Jordan Keller and Mitch Haviland.

Keller unleashed a third place throw of 45-4 to qualify for the regional and Haviland put the shot 45-1 to finish close behind and join his teammate in Evansville. North's Aaron Edwards was the event winner with a throw of 50-5.

Keller was also a nice surprise with a fourth place finish in the discus to move on to the regional following a throw of 118-8 . North's Frank Toth was the winner with a heave of 121-1 .

Patriot senior Shaun Smith tore through the 100-meter field with a 10.90 to win the event and scored the 200 meter victory in 22.43. South Vermillin freshman James Craigmyle win the 400 in 52.11.

Shakamak's big night continued with an 800 meter win by Drew Gambill in 2:00.56 and South's John Haley took the 110 hurdles (15.17) and Sullivan's Eugene Bradford edged him in the 300 hurdles in 41.42. Zach Jenkins of the Patriots cleared 6-0 to win the high jump.

The Evansville Regional is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. central time on Wednesday.

Terre Haute North Boys' Track and Field Sectional

Team results: (Do not include pole vault)

1. North 163, 2. South 121.5, 3. South Vermillion 67.5, 4. Northview 62, 5. Shakamak 58.5, 6. Sullivan 30.5, 7. West Vigo 25, 8. Clay City 24, 9. Linton 19, 10. North Central 11, 11. Riverton Parke 2

Individual Results (Top-four advance to regional)

- Results excluding pole vault, which will be contested today

100 -- Smith (THN) 10.90, 2. Aff (WV) 11.47, 3. Brown (THS) 11.66, 4. Hughes (SV) 11.74, 5. Strassler (THN) 11.74

200 -- Smith (THN) 22.43, 2. Aff (WV) 23.59, 3. Brown (THS) 23.90, 4. Craigmyle (SV) 23.97, 5. Jackson (SV) 241.2

400 -- 1. Craigmyle (SV) 52.11, 2. Jenkins (THN) 52.94, 3. Hare (THN) 53.81, 4. Laswell (SV) 53.86, 5. Bubeck (THS) 54.56

800 -- Gambill (SH) 2:00.56, 2. Sullivan (THS) 2:03.61, 3. Moore (Nv) 2:04.38, 4. Davis (THN) 2:07.84, 5. Brinza (THN) 2:09.41

1,600 -- 1. Witt (SH) 4:25.45, 2. Sullivan (THS) 4:28.74, 3. Query (THN) 4:39.61, 4. Jacob (NC) 4:40.42, 5. Latta (Nv) 4:40.47

3,200 -- 1. Witt (SH) 9:22.73, 2. Mayhew (THN) 9:25.52, 3. Strain (Nv) 10:09.68, 4. Mascari (THN) 10:16.96, 5. Head (THS) 10:40.71

110 H -- 1. Haley (THS) 15.17, 2. Bradford (SL) 15.53, 3. Hosier (THN) 16.37, 4. Walsh (SV) 16.38, 5. Whittington (Nv) 16.51

300 H -- 1. Bradford (SL) 41.42, 2. Haley (THS) 41.63, 3. Hosier (THN) 43.40, 4. Whittington (Nv) 44.12, 5. Coleman (Ln) 44.17

400 R -- 1. T.H. North, 44.66, 2. West Vigo, 45.81, 3. T.H. South, 46.09, 4. Clay City, 46.22, 5. S.Vermillion, 46.89

1,600 R -- 1. T.H. North, 3:34.71, 2. T.H. South, 3:39.00, 3. S.Vermillion, 3:41.42, 4. Clay City, 3:45.56, 5. Sullivan, 3:47.04

3,200 R -- 1. T.H. North, 8:22.82, 2. Northview (Strain, Latta, Henke, Moore) 8:31.98, 3. T.H. South, 8:41.07, 4. Clay City (J.Vansickle, Beckley, Cook, P.Modesitt) 8:45.13

HJ -- 1. Jenkins (THN) 6-0, 2. Austin (THS) 6-0, 3. Willis (SL) 5-10, 3. May (SH) 5-10

SP -- 1. Aaron Edwards (THN) 50-5, 2. Josh Bridwell (THS) 47-6 , 3. Jordan Keller (Nv) 45-4, 4. Mitch Haviland (Nv) 45-1 , 5. Terry Hill (SH) 44-7

LJ -- 1. Weatherford (THN) 20-6, 2. Marlow (SH) 20-5 , 3. Walton (SV) 19-5 , 4. Peelman (SV) 18-11, 5. Housley (THS) 18-4

Disc -- 1. Toth (THN) 121-1 , 2. Bridwell (THS) 120-0, 3. Sparks (Ln) 119-8, 4. Keller (Nv) 118-8 , 5. Edwards (THN) 117-1

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Clay City boys you make us proud!!!

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