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EVANSVILLE - Perry Central senior Nick Huber won both hurdles races to lead Perry Central to a tie for eighth place in the IHSAA boys track regional Wednesday.
He is Perry Central's first boys regional champion in any event and only the second Perry County athlete - boy or girl - to win more than one event in a regional. Tell City's Steve Smith won both hurdles events and the pole vault in the 1975 Columbus regional.
Huber won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.80 seconds and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 39.46.
He possibly could have won three events. He did not compete in the high jump because an ankle he sprained a few weeks ago was still bothered when he jumped.
He has cleared 6 feet, 6 inches twice in the high jump this year and 6 feet, 3 inches won that event Wednesday.
Huber qualified for the state meet, an honor that went automatically to the top three finishers in each event.
Tell City's Kyle Kessinger also qualified for state in the 400, though he placed fourth in 50.25 seconds, as his time was one of the three fastest among any regional by those not placing in the top three.
Eight places scored. Three Perry County entrants placed fourth.
Kessinger placed fifth in the 100 in 11.25.
Perry Central's Robbie Piper was fourth in the shot put with a 51-foot-7 throw.
Tell City's Jordan Alvey, Nick Bower, Spencer Sandage and Dalton Sweeney placed fourth in the 3200 relay in 8:21.44.
Tell City's Zach Avallone placed fifth in the 300 hurdles in 41.04.
Avallone, Ryan Henrickson, Patrick Swayne and Kessinger took sixth in the 1600 relay in 3:32.87.
Perry Central's Corey Kimball, Zach Hagedorn, Todd Gehlhausen and Michael Ernst were seventh in the 3200 relay in 8:32.55.
Perry Central scored 27 points and Tell City tied for 14th with 21 points.
Thirty-four teams scored. Castle won the team title with 55 points.