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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Heritage senior Hannibal Hall, left, and Woodlan senior Ah'Lan Howard compete in the 100 during the ACAC championships at New Haven on Tuesday. Hall won the event with a time of 11.03 seconds.

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette South Adams senior Addie Wanner runs the hurdles during the ACAC Track and Field championships at New Haven on Tuesday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Woodlan senior Te'shyia McCarter competes in the 100-meters during the ACAC Track and Field championships at New Haven on Tuesday.  

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:00 am

ACAC has a familiar look at the top in track

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

NEW HAVEN – It was chase or be chased at the ACAC Track and Field Championships on Tuesday.

For the South Adams girls and Heritage boys teams, the option was to be chased as both teams defended their titles from last season.

The Patriots' boys team won 166-131 over Woodlan while South Adams' boys were third at 73.5.

The Heritage boys won last year's championship with two event wins, and that was enough to motivate the team coming back to target a repeat.

“It means a lot,” senior Hannibal Hall said. “We've had a target on our back pretty much since the beginning of the season, and we all knew that we had to come out here and do our best. Everyone doing their best, everyone doing their part, it really helps.

“We wanted to prove that we were the best. We didn't want to leave any doubt, whatsoever. “

Hall won in the 100-meter dash (11.03 seconds), the 110 hurdles (15.09), and the 300 hurdles (40.75); Cameron Mitchell won the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch) and won the 400 (52.71), just ahead of teammate Niklaus Smith (53.41); Derek Schaadt won the 800 (2:07.24); and Andy Kohrman won the 3,200 (10:33.71).

“I think (being defending champs) made practice more exciting,” Kohrman said. “It's always more fun when you're winning and we always work for this. We work in the winter for this, our sectional's really good, so this is what we strive for, the conference meet.”

The Warriors won the 3,200 relay (8:26.70), the 400 relay (44.23) and the 1,600 relay (3:34.69) while Amarion Hicks won the 200 (22.69) and Justin Durkes the long jump (20-5.5).

South Adams' Victor Vasquez won the 1,600 (4:42.64), and Lars In't Groen won the shot put (49-6.5) and discus (147-11).

The South Adams girls, who beat out Jay County 156-145, did it with only 13 girls on its roster. The Starfires won nine events, four by Addie Wanner. She won the 100 hurdles with a meet record of 14.72, the 300 hurdles (50.41), long jump (16-5) and high jump (5-2).

Kallee Patch won the 1,600 (5:30.93), 800 (2:25.20) and helped the 3,200 relay (10:25.41) and 1,600 relay (4:17.07) to conference championships.

“We knew it was going to be hard work but we knew we had the potential to win,” Wanner said. “It was really hard because we had some disappointments throughout the night, everyone was like, 'Oh no, are we still going to win?' Being able to still pull it off seems really good.”

The Starfires also took the top two spots in the shot put – Taylor Augsburger (33-3) and Shaelynn Bowman (32-11.25).

“It's the same boat we were in last year: Jay County knocked us off the year before,” coach Clint Anderson said. “You target them. We've won it three out of the last four years. We know that every team comes in wanting to take it to us. Anytime they can beat us, I'm sure they're happy.

“It's nerve-wracking because Jay County scores twice in everything and it's hard to keep up with that, but thankfully we have some talented kids to throw out there and we were able to hold them off.”

Woodlan's Te'shyia McCarter won the 100 (12.90) and the 200 (26.87) and anchored the winning 400 relay (52.65). Adams Centrals' Lexi Smith won the discus (104-3), Jay County's Kinsey Shannon won the 400 (1:00.87), and Sophia Fugiett won the 3,200 (12:34.58).

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