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Friday, May 19, 2017 11:20 pm

Carroll wins 6th straight boys track sectional

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Carroll boys track team won a sixth straight championship title, boosted by a rare 1-2-3 finish in the 100-meter dash, at the delayed North Side Sectional on Friday.

Justin Becker won the event in 11.05 seconds, a day after the sectional was postponed because of stormy conditions. Teammates Jordan Schmeling (11.30) and Connor Tapp (11.39) were second and third.

“We had to get the documentation to the state that we had three guys that met the standard,” coach David Brooks said. “It was kind of a shame because none of them went 100 percent in the trials with the conditions we had yesterday. The times were slower today. It was fun to go 1-2-3. You don’t get a chance to get three guys in very often, let alone have them compete at that level.

“It’s really been fun to watch Connor, Jordan and Justin compete with each other at practice and they have teammates right there. Cam Shank’s there, Jarod Brock’s there. (We’re) very deep, and it was fun to see.”

The Chargers won 168-101 over runner-up Northrop, while Snider was third (75), Churubusco fourth (58) and North Side fifth (54.5).

Becker also won the 200 (22.27) and ran a leg of the winning 400 relay (42.02). Also, Cole Powers won the 1,600 (4:24.28), Connor Goetz the 3,200 (9:21.66), Jonathan Becker the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and Jacob Bodenstein pole vault (14-0).

“(The sectional performance) shows that our team has a lot of depth moving forward,” Justin Becker said. “I feel like this year we have the potential to score more points because a lot of guys were young last year. Now we’re more mature and we know what to expect when we get to the higher levels and when we get to regionals and state, we should be able to score more points.”

Preliminary times were faster Thursday than finals times Friday with Justin Becker running 10.92.

“I felt like I would have been able to set (personal bests Thursday),” Northrop’s Shaton Vaughn said. “Today was more of a ... survive and advance.”

The Bruins got wins from the 3,200 relay (7:55.07), Jalen Royal in the 800 (1:57.77), Vaughn in the 110 hurdles (15.63 after running 14.77 in prelims), 300 hurdles (39.6) and long jump (22-4 1/2) and both Royal and Vaughn were on the 1,600 relay (3:24.05).

“They did a good job,” Bruins coach Fred Blanks said. “We got the key people through and hopefully we get a couple callbacks. If we do, that’ll make it a lot better. As far as the guys we wanted to get through, we got through.”

North Side’s Caleb Baker won the 400 (50.33) and Dakota Ault, the shot put (49-4 1/2).

NEW HAVEN SECTIONAL: Also delayed from Thursday, Wayne won the team title 129-105 over Huntington North. Homestead was third with 92. The Generals had individual wins from Craig Young in the 100 (11.14) and 200 (23.07), Zach Daniels in the 110 hurdles (14.67) and 300 hurdles (39.67), the 400 relay team (44.10), 1,600 relay (3:29.29) and Ahmaud Hill in pole vault (13 feet).

South Adams’ Bailey McIntire won the 1,600 (4:33.54) and 3,200 (9:22.22).

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