ST. LEON – The IHSAA boys track and field sectional – hosted by East Central High School May 16 – played out similarly to the girls event at Franklin County two nights prior.
One big difference was the amount of time it took to reach those final results.
Whereas the ladies were blessed with abundant sunshine, the young men had to wait out a nearly 2-hour rain/lightning delay before the host Trojans finished strong with 164 points to Batesville's 118.5 runner-up count. FC (74.5), Greensburg (73.5) and Oldenburg Academy (35) took the next three spots.
"The weather wouldn't stay away and it ended up being a very long night," said BHS coach Lisa Gausman. "In the middle of field events and just as time trials were finishing, the lightning and rain came in."
The 110 meter hurdles finals reopened the night's action, still under a steady drizzle. EC's Malachi Studer won the event (15.1) but OA's Chris Moorman wasn't far behind at 15.39.
It was one of nine victories for the Trojans, followed by the Batesville Bulldogs with four sectional titles. FC's Wildcats, Milan and South Dearborn had one champ each.
The first Dog triumph came in the night's initial oval event. JJ Kuisel, Johnathon Lynch and Benjamin and Adam Moster completed the 4x800 relay in 8:39.65. The Trojan team of Kyle Gutfreund, Dan Deddens, Luke Hornbach and James Stenger stayed alive in the postseason by taking 3rd (8:49.13).
Joshua Myers led basically wire to wire in capturing the 1600 run (4:39.55). EC's Garrett Ardis was third (4:45.99).
Batesville's other two wins were also in the distance realm. A. Moster claimed the 800 (1:58.25), ahead of teammate Lynch's 2:06.72. Freshman rabbit Ean Loichinger later conquered the 3200 (10:21.25). Myers was next at 10:37.17 and Ardis again earned bronze (10:47.32).
In the sprint finals, EC's Alex Hornbach owned his competition. An 11.22 in the 100 dash topped teammate Erik Perkins' 11.48. FC's Hunter Tschaenn advanced with a 3rd-place nod (11.56). Hornbach's winning time in the 200 was 22.8 seconds.
A. Hornbach joined fellow Trojans Perkins, Keiton Goeldner and Chase Ludwig in setting a new 4x100 sectional record (43.6). In third was the Bulldog unit of Isaiah Riffle, Charlie Laymon, Justin Heiser and Sam Haskamp (45.48), setting a new personal record.
EC's quartet of A. Hornbach, Perkins, Ludwig and Clayton Deitsch won the 4x400 relay (3:30.94). A. Moster, Lynch, Kuisel and Tyler Myers moved on as runners-up for BHS (3:33.96). Wildcats Tschaenn, Harvey Marshall, Brady Bogan and Denver Meier ended in third place (3:43.4).
Studer added victory in the high jump (6 feet-04-inches) as BHS' Kent Meyers and Gabe Gunter took 2nd (6 even) and 3rd (5-10), respectively.
Ludwig won 300 hurdles (41.21), just ahead of Bogan's 41.84. EC athletes swept the throwing events; Leo Maxwell sent the shot put 51 feet and Michael Medlock the discus 148-03. Medlock was also runner-up in shot (49-11). Setting a new PR of 124-10, BHS senior Adam Bedel lived another week in discus by getting 3rd.
FC freshman Jacob Schatzle impressed in the long jump pit, leaping to a 21-05.5 win. OA's Lucas McFee gained a regional appearance, placing 2nd (19-11).
Milan's Matthew Riehle was 400 champ (50.13). Second was Deitsch (51.98) and Kuisel earned third (52.39). SD got a win in pole vault, as Austin Boggs cleared 13-08. Deitsch was runner-up at 11 feet flat.
Moorman's 4th-place effort (43.13) in the 300 hurdles was among the top 16 times in four feeder sectionals, so he will race in the event Thursday as well. Tyler Kuntz took 4th in the 3200 (11:02.02) but did not qualify. Aaron Weber was 6th in the mile (5:11.43). McFee was 7th in the 200 (25.17) and 8th in the 100 (12.12). Dominic McFee was 8th in the 400 (54.49). OA got a 7th-place finish in the 4x100 (Moorman, Peter Lewis, McFees; 49.02).
Several more scored for BHS. B. Moster was 5th in the 1600 (4:51.61) and T. Myers' PR in the 300 hurdles (44.81) netted him 5th. Meyers was 5th in pole vault (10-06). In 6th were Haskamp (200; 24.7) and Heiser (long jump; 19-02pr). Haskamp added 7th in the 100 (12.05) and Zach Gutzwiller the same in pole vault (10 ft.). Riffle took 8th in the 200 (25.36).
FC's Bogan had the final qualifying time in the 110 hurdles (16.27), despite placing 6th. Manav Patel set a PR in the 110 trials (17.76) for BHS, as did Sam Robben (19.21).
Warren Central High School, Indianapolis, is the site of Thursday's regional. Field events begin at 6 p.m.
Will Fehlinger can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 112.