FORT WAYNE – A sectional record came for Homestead senior Trevor Stanley in the 300-meter hurdles, but freshman teammate Brayden Law came up just shy in the 3,200. Both, though, were able to celebrate a team title Thursday at the Wayne boys track sectional as the Spartans beat the third-ranked Generals 151-136 in a battle that was close throughout.
As far as the scores being announced, it is close at times, and Wayne even got a little bit ahead, Homestead coach Jeff Livensparger said. (The Generals) have a strong team. We were very concerned about them. It was impressive to see our kids come out the way they did.
Stanley broke his own year-old sectional record with a time of 37.45 seconds.
It was perfect, Stanley said. I am definitely happy with how we ran, and how I ran. It was definitely what we needed as a team.
After running a then-record time of 38.40 in 2012, Stanley held off Wayne’s Devon Stone (37.71) this year. Stone won the 110 hurdles in 14.33.
He has been a tough competitor all year, Stanley said.
Law came close in the 3,200 with a 9:34.50. The record is 9:25.01, set 30 years ago. Law was also part of the winning 3,200 relay team (8:14.02).
I wanted to go for the record tonight; that was my main goal, Law said. It is disappointing (not to get the record), but I have to look down the road.
What seemed to cement the win for the Spartans was a 1-2 finish in the 3,200 with Law and Sam Moore. Homestead also took first and third in the 1,600 with Skyler Mikesell (4:35.93) and Tyler Koteskey.
Those were big, Livensparger said of the points earned in the two distance races. It was fun to see those guys do that.
Homestead, the five-time defending sectional champion, also got a shot put win from Zach Swarts (51 feet, 6 inches).
Wayne got four victories from senior Shamarcus Ford in the 100 (11.04), 200 (22.42), 400 (49.77) and 1,600 relay (3:24.16).
It was hard, but we did what we did and came out here and performed, Ford said of the Generals getting second place. I didn’t expect to win all four. When I came in, my coach and I were talking, and he said I could do it so I believed I could do it. It gives me a lot to see what kind of competition I am coming into and (to) know what to expect next week so I am ready.
The Generals got three wins from Carrington Robinson in the high jump (6-3, tying with teammate Tyree Easton), long jump (22-2) and was part of the 1,600 relay team. Also winning for the Generals was Jari Dada in the discus (147-6).
Other event winners were: New Haven’s Austin Feipel in the 800 (1:53.02) and Ryan Shaffer in the pole vault (12-6) and Bishop Luers in the 400 relay (42.37).