Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The Terre Haute North Boys' Track and Field Sectional came to a stunning climax on Thursday evening as a relay disqualification cost the Patriots a team championship as Terre Haute South won the final event of the evening, the 4x400 relay to claim a one-point championship.
Terre Haute North finished second in the race, but the Patriots were disqualified because one of their runners had a different color spandex under his uniform, which cost North eight team points and allowed the Braves to win 167 to 166. Northview was third with 91 points followed by Sullivan, West Vigo and Clay City in the 11-team field.
Northview's Joel Whittington picked up where he left off last season by winning both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles and demolished his own track record in the latter with a time of 38.68, just three tenths of a second off the meet record.
"Last year I was able to get three (titles), but this year I put out a lot more in the 300 hurdles than in the past," Whittington said. "It paid off though, I broke my school record by a half second and I'm getting close to tying the number one seed in the state."
Whittington cruised to the 110-meter hurdle win with a time of 15.20, which topped Linton freshman Grant Stamm (16.01) by a wide margin. Whittington also raced to a third-place in the 200-meters as South Vermillion's James Craigmyle won the race in 22.98.
"When the girls are here, it's not as bad because you've got all the heats in between (races), but tonight I went straight from my 110 (hurdles) prelim into my 200 prelim. It's a lot more difficult. I'm mainly focusing on the 300 hurdles because I'm close to the top seed and last year I went from the 20th seed to the ninth seed in the state finals so this year I want to go from first seed to first-place."
The Knights performed quite well overall as Jordan Van Horn came through with a big throw in the discus to win the event with a throw of 138-1 ½ to top North's Lee Davis by seven inches. Van Horn also qualified for the regional in the shotput with a fourth-place finish with a throw of 43-9 ¼. Davis claimed the title with a heave of 49-2 ¾.
"It was pretty much what I thought we'd do," Northview coach Chad Smith said. "Joel won both hurdle races and broke the school record in the 300 so that's impressive. We had a surprise, well not a surprise, but Jordan Van Horn won the discus with his first throw. So we've got some kids moving on and we'll have a good week of practice and we'll see if we can get some kids to the state finals."
In the long jump, Levi Pollard continued his late season success by placing third with his jump of 20-5 ½. The Braves' Travis Rubey upheld his top seed and won with a leap of 20-11 that won by a half inch.
Hyatt also ran with the 4x400 relay team that moved up to second after the Patriots' disqualification. The squad also included Tanner Brown, Devin Cooksey and Ian Heffner. The Knights 4x800 relay team will also move on after a third-place finish.
"That's the most we've had out in I don't remember when," Jones said. "We've never had all three relay teams out that I can think of. I'm really proud of the kids. We came in here a little shorthanded and a little banged up, but they came through."
Mark Grubbs was a part of the relay success and also qualified for the regional with a fourth-place in the high jump that was won by Terre Haute South's Nick Jaeger with a leap of 6-6.
Other members of the Eels successful relay work were Michael Brooks, Blake Cochran, Josh Decker, Ben Denker, Grant Prindiville, Ethan Shaw and Bretton Tryon.
Shaw will also move on after his third-place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.48. He was also third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.06.
Athletes moving on will compete at the Evansville Central Regional next Thursday evening.
Terre Haute North Boy's Track and Field Sectional
- Top-four individuals and relay teams advance to regional
- * School record
- + Meet record
Team scores: T.H. South 167, T.H. North 166, Northview 91, Sullivan 45, West Vigo 40, Clay City 35, South Vermillion 27, North Central 19, Linton 18.5, Riverton Parke 12.5, Shakamak 3
100 -- 1. Dakota Schefke (THN) 11.29, 2. Jacob Creasey (WV) 11.73, 3. Jonathan Weakley (THS) 11.74, 4. Kevin Moore (THN) 11.86, 5. Robert Miller (NC) 11.89
200 -- 1. James Craigmyle (SV) 22.98, 2. Dakota Schefke (THN) 23.03, 3. Joel Whittington (Nv) 23.14, 4. Tony Bishop (THS) 24.16, 5. Robert Miller (NC) 24.34
400 -- 1. Tyler Seibert (THS) 51.89, 2. Stewart Dagnon (THS) 52.10, 3. Michael Hutchcraft (SL) 52.55, 4. Nathaniel Harmon (NC) 52.68, 5. Dillon Hare (THN) 52.77
800 -- 1. Matt Collier (THS) 2:02.31, 2. Milton Brinza (THN) 2:03.76, 3. Riley Stohler (RP) 2:03.94, 4. Damon Hyatt (Nv) 2:04.38, 5. Dale Young (THS) 2:05.52
1,600 -- 1. Milton Brinza (THN) 4:25.22, 2. Brian Depasse (THN) 4:26.64, 3. Logan Hambrock (THS) 4:27.59, 4. Andrew Kump (WV) 4:29.36, 5. Jackson Bertoli (THS) 4:30.86
3,200 - +1. John Mascari (THN) 9:06.21, 2. Taylor Head (THS) 9:36.11, 3. Tyeson Mundy (THN) 9:46.75, 4. Jackson Bertoli (THS) 9:48.69, 5. Nathan Kump (WV) 10:10.70
110 H -- 1. Joel Whittington (Nv) 15.20, 2. Grant Stamm (Ln) 16.01, 3. Ethan Shaw (CC) 16.06, 4. Riley Witvoet (SL) 16.07, 5. Jeremy Patterson (THS) 16.47
300 H - *1. Joel Whittington (Nv) 38.68, 2. Cole Seward (THN) 41.78, 3. Ethan Shaw (CC) 42.48, 4. Jeremy Patterson (THS) 42.68, 5. Riley Witvoet (SL) 42.98
4x100 R -- 1. T.H. South, 45.47, 2. T.H. North, 45.50, 3. Clay City, 46.26, 4. West Vigo, 46.56, 5. Northview, 47.05
4x400 R -- 1. T.H. South, 3:38.42, 2. Northview, 3:51.35, 3. Sullivan, 3:53.29, 4. Clay City, 3:56.31, 5. West Vigo, 4:02.52
4x800 R -- 1. T.H. South, 8:17.22, 2. T.H. North, 8:34.08, 3. Northview, 8:54.47, 4. Clay City, 8:56.05
HJ -- 1. Nick Jaeger (THS) 6-6, 2. Dion Scott (SV) 6-6, 3. Dillon Reynolds (Nv) 6-2, 4. Mark Grubbs (CC) 5-10, 5. Jermaine Smith (THS) 5-10
PV -- 1. Joesph Hughes (THN) 14-6, 2. Connor Curley (THN) 13-6, 3. Kevin Bracken (THS) 12-6, 4. Daniel Lighthizer (SL) 11-6, 5. Wyatt Young (Nv) 11-0
LJ -- 1. Travis Rubey (THS) 20-11, 2. Augustus Scank (THN) 20-10 ½, 3. Levi Pollard (Nv) 20-5 ½, 4. Tyler Seibert (THS) 20-4 ¾, 5. Justin Manlove (SV) 19-6
SP -- 1. Lee Davis (THN) 49-2 ¾, 2. Aaron Sullivan (THS) 45-7, 3. Bobby Bennett (TS) 45-5 ¼, 4. Jordan VanHorn (Nv) 43-9 ¼, 5. Junior Berry (THN) 43-8 ½
Discus -- 1. Jordan VanHorn (Nv) 138-1 ½, 2. Lee Davis (THN) 137-6 ½, 3. Junior Berry (THN) 132-2, 4. Bobby Bennett (THS) 128-10, 5. Nic Keller (THS) 120-8 1/2