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By LARRY GOFFINET
JASPER—Perry Central set three school records, tied another, and set personal records and/or exceeded seeds in most events to repeat as boys track sectional champions Thursday.
Based on seeds, Forest Park was favored by 10 points over Perry Central. But the Commodores won with 140.5 points. 4.5 more than the runner-up Rangers.
Tell City placed third with 98.5 and Cannelton, with just three boys competing, was 11th with one point.
Explaining the keys to the sectional title, Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett said, “It wasn’t one thing—they just stepped up in everything. I’d say the only event we didn’t do at least what we were seeded was the (1600-meter) relay.
“They wanted it, they knew it was reachable, and they worked their butts off.”
The Commodores set the tone early. Austin LeClere broke his own school record in winning the long jump at 21 feet, 7 1/2 inches, and Devin Martin placing fourth at 20-8 1/2.
At about the same time Bryce Lain, Alex Newton, Abe Schwartz and Aaron Pierrard broke their own school record as they won the 3200-meter relay in 8:14.01.
Tell City’s Brennan Malone won the next running event, the 110 high hurdles, in 15.13 seconds, a personal record and third best on Tell City’s all-time honor roll behind Steve Smith and Nick Sears.
“Brennan should be seeded first or second in the regional with that time,” said Tell City Coach Zac Hartz.
Perry Central’s Andrew Huber placed second in that race in 15.50, exceeding his third-place seed. He edged Northeast Dubois’ Lucas Schulthies by two-hundredths of a second.
Pierrard won the 1600 in 4:32.51 and Lain won the 800 in 1:59.80, a personal record. He edged Tell City’s Caleb Sherry by 1.14 seconds.
Newton shook off a heel injury to win the 3200 in 10:08.24 and Pierrard placed third in 10:14.25.
Newton ran back in the pack most of the race but made his move to the front in the last two laps.
“I had to pace myself,” he said. “I started hurting the last two laps but I just told myself, ‘I’ve got to go now—I’ve got to run with guts and heart.”
“He ran a smart race,” said Barnett. “He knew he’d lost some in his conditioning. Yesterday he was still limping a little bit.”
The Commodores continued to exceed seeds in the field events. Levi Hilgenhold, who was seeded third in the pole vault, won it by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches, tying his school record.
Teammate Nathan Shaw placed fourth at 12-6, a personal record.
Greg Coultas set a personal record as he placed second in the shot put at 45 feet, 10 inches.
Huber cleared 6 feet, 2 inches, a personal record, to take second in the high jump.
He also placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.05.
Hilgenhold, Schaad. Martin and LeClere took second in the 400 relay in 44.38, breaking their own school record. Tell City’s Landon Thomas, Elliott Brown, Matthew Cole and Nick Buchta placed third in 45.34.
Brown placed second to Forest Park star Aaron Schuler in the 100 in 11.40 and the 200 in 22.90 (moving into fifth place on Tell City’s all-time honor roll).
Perry Central’s Schaad placed third in the 200 in 23.53, moving up from a sixth seed.
Tell City’s Brandon Gaynor, Travis Brinksneader, Donovan Ingle and Sherry placed second in the 3200 relay in 8:19.71. That helped Perry Central, as it knocked second-seed Forest Park to third.
Ingle placed third in the 1600 run in 4:35.51 and Sherry was fourth in 4:36.01.
Thomas, Cole, Sherry and Logan Smithson took third in the 1600 relay in 3:35.15.
Smithson placed fourth in the 400 dash in 51.97.
Tell City’s Clint Waninger placed fourth in both throwing events, tossing the shot 44 feet, 1/2 inch and the discus 134 feet, 3 inches.
Malone tied for fourth in the high jump at 6 feet.
The top eight in each event scored but only the top four qualified for the regional, which will be held Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Evansville Central.
Other Perry County scorers
100 dash: LeClere, PC, 5th, 11.63; Schaad, PC, 11.76; Elijah Littles, Can., 8th, 12.27
200: Cole, TC, 24.37
400: Thomas, TC, 54.71
800: Gaynor, TC, 5th, 2:05.19; Abe Schwartz, PC, 2:06.82
1600: Paul Schwartz, PC, 8th, 4:47.14
300 hurdles: Malone, TC, 42.44; Ben Hauser, PC, 8th, 44.53
1600 relay: PC 5th (Hilgenhold, Lain, Huber, LeClere), 3:36.63
Shot put: Spencer Wright, PC, 6th, 43-1
Discus: Nick Coultas, PC, 6th, 124-0
Team scores: Perry Central 140.5, Forest Park 136, Tell City 98.5, Northeast Dubois 60.5, Heritage Hills 50, Jasper 48, South Spencer 35.5, Shoals 22, Southridge 17, Loogootee 15, Cannelton 1