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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Northrop's Shaton Vaughn runs to the 110-meter high hurdles title Friday at the SAC meet. He also won the 300 hurdles.

Saturday, May 05, 2018 1:00 am

Northrop sweeps to SAC titles

Bruins girls show teamwork; boys peaking after tough spring

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Northrop boy and girls track and field teams are heading in the right direction after winning Friday's SAC Championship meet team titles at North Side.

The Bruins girls won with 141.5 points to 128.5 for runner-up Bishop Dwenger. Wayne was third (75), Concordia fourth (74) and Snider fifth (68).

Northrop's win comes a couple weeks after a poor result at an invitational meant changes were necessary.

“Being a team. We haven't been a team,” junior Dylan Kirkwood said. “Today, we were lifting each other up and supporting each other, and I think that really paid off.

“I think it happened when we went to a Saturday big invite that we didn't do good and everybody was like, 'I wonder what we need to change?' and we talked as a team and it helped to get everybody's input as to what they thought was wrong and go out and fix it.”

Northrop earned individual titles from Aniya Harvin in the 100 (12.58 seconds), Jo'Deci Irby in the 400 (59.58), Kirkwood in the 300 hurdles (45.96) and 1,600 relay (4:06.78), and Alicia Tiney-Williams in the shot put with a meet record throw of 45 feet, 6.5 inches.

“Last year at shot I did not do good at all,” Tiney-Williams said. “I wasn't even close to the record. And this year I beat it by 2 feet, so I was really excited and happy. And everyone else was excited for me, so it felt good.”

Wayne's Aniese Phillips won the 100 hurdles (14.95), Erica Xayarath won high jump (5-3) and Mattie Wilson won the pole vault (8-6).

Snider's Payton Gorman won the 200 (25.77) and helped the Panthers win the 400 relay (49.59).

Abby Brennan of Concordia won the 800 (2:19.68), and Bishop Dwenger's Erin Strzelecki won the 1,600 (5:19.86) and 3,200 (11:23.86).

The Bruins boys scored 147.5 points to Snider's 109.5. Concordia was third (101.5), Wayne fourth (81) and South Side fifth (64.5).

Weather has hampered any previous attempt to see how Northrop stacks up, forcing the team to forgo trips to Bloomington for the indoor Hoosier State Relays and the North Side Relays.

“Despite the weather, we're right on track. It showed today,” coach Fred Blanks said. “When we do compete, we're doing well.”

Jalen Royal won the 400 (49.20) and, less than 10 minutes later, came back to win the 800 (1:58.69). Shaton Vaughn won the 110 hurdles (14.26), 300 hurdles (38.01) and long jump (22-8.5), and both were on the winning 1,600 relay (3:20.10).

“The identity of this team is: Just finish,” Royal said. “We had a couple guys who barely made it to the finals Wednesday just strictly because other kids stopped running and they didn't.

“Coach says if you don't run through the line, you have to do more. It kind of pushes everybody to run through the line because nobody wants to do extra.”

Snider's Jesse Hamlin broke the SAC meet records in the 1,600 (4:14.36) and the 3,200 (9:23.43), and the Panthers' Brent Wright won the discus (134-2).

Wayne's Craig Young won the 100 (10.94) and was a leg on the 400 relay (42.67). Snider's Michael Brewer won the 200 (22.12).

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