Distance runners help PC boys to title

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Michael Ernst won the 800-meter run and 3200 relay to lead Perry Central to the PLAC boys track title Friday.

The Commodores scored 141 points, 24 more than runner-up Paoli.

The Commodores scored 41 percent of their points in four distance races.

Ernst won the 800 in 2:03.58 and teammate Ian Bashor placed third in 2:11.53.

“It came down to the kick at the end, and Michael outkicked the kid (runner-up David Burger of Mitchell),” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett.

Reuben Y. Schwartz, D.J. Newton, Noah Gatwood and Ernst won the 3200 relay in 8:34.62.

Eric Scheiber won the 3200 run in 10:23.90 and Jake Schwartz placed second in 10:44.86.

Scheiber took second in the 1600 in 4:39.99 and Jake Schwartz was third in 4:49.44.

“That was Jake’s first race after missing two weeks with tendinitis,” noted Barnett. “He kind of played it conservative the first half of the race.”

Samson Benjamin, Reuben A. Schwartz, T.J. Hall and Ernst placed second in the 1600 relay in 3:42.67, though they were 9.15 seconds behind Paoli. “We did not look good at all in (that relay),” said Barnett.

Ethan Wheatley, Ernst, Mikey Wilkerson and Hall took second in the 400 relay in 46.38.

The Commodores also placed second in three field events.

Hall took second in the long jump with a 19-foot-8 leap.

Jake Paulin was second in the discus with a 135-foot-8 throw, a personal record by 5 feet. Dane Ransom was fourth at 121-4.

Robbie Piper placed second in the shot put at 50 feet, 2 inches and Paulin was third at 43-9.

Mitchell’s Evan Sanders won both throwing events despite breaking a bone in his throwing hand the previous day.

He was seeded first in the shot with a 55-foot-5 throw but threw it “only” 53 feet with the hand injury.

Benjamin placed second in the 400 dash in 52.35.

“He did pretty well in that 400,” said Barnett. “He was sick and out of practice three days straight last week.”

Benjamin placed fourth in the 100 and 200, though only his times in the trials were available.

Freshman Ivan Bland placed third in the 110 high hurdles in 17.89 and fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 47.23.

Teammate Kyle Schnell was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 48.19.

Reuben A. Schwartz placed fifth in the 400 in 56.19 and Wheatley was sixth in the 100.

Barnett summed up the meet by saying, “We won, but it wasn’t exactly pretty. Our boys hadn’t raced in 17 days (due to three meets being rained out) and we were really stale.

“Hopefully we’re back on track and this can be a springboard going into the sectional.”

Perry Central, 25-4, will compete in the Jasper sectional Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The Commodores are one of five teams considered to have a legitimate chance to win the sectional.

Team scores: Perry Central 141, Paoli 117, Mitchell 97.5, Orleans 43, West Washington 31, Crawford County 27, Springs Valley 8.5