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Huber, Kessinger double winners in track sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

JASPER - Perry Central's Nick Huber and Tell City's Kyle Kessinger each won two individual events in the boys track sectional Thursday.

Perry Central also won the 3200-meter relay and finished fourth among 11 schools in team standings with 88 points.

Tell City finished sixth with 62.5 points and Cannelton, with just one boy competing, was 11th with 2 points.

Northeast Dubois won with 115 points.

Most times and distances were not great because of the wet track conditions.

But Kessinger unofficially broke Tell City's school record as he won the 100 dash in 10.97 seconds, clocked by a stopwatch.

The official school record is 11.01 set by Davin Harpe in 1994.

The automatic timer clocked Kessinger at 11.17 seconds, so he did not break the sectional record of 10.98 set by current Perry Central assistant coach Jade Winchell in 1998.

Kessinger won the 400 in 50.67.

Huber won both hurdles races, running the 110 high hurdles in 14.84 and the 300 intermediates in 39.92.

He placed second in the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches. He has cleared 6 feet, 6 inches before but with the wet takeoff spot no one went higher than 6 feet Thursday.

Corey Kimball, Zach Hagedorn, Todd Gehlhausen and Michael Ernst broke their own Perry Central school record in the 3200 relay with an 8:26.03 fully automatic clocking.

Tell City's Jordan Alvey, Nick Bower, Spencer Sandage and Dalton Sweeney placed third in that relay in 8:34.96.

Tell City's Zach Avallone, Ryan Henrickson, Patrick Swayne and Kyle Kessinger placed second in the 1600 relay in 3:30.67, getting nosed out by one-hundredth of a second by Heritage Hills.

Perry Central's Ernst, Hagedorn, Landon Neukam and Huber placed third in that relay in 3:33.05.

Ernst placed second in the 800 run in 2:03.11 and Sweeney was fifth in 2:05.00.

Kimball placed third in two distance races, running the 1600 in 4:40.38 and the 3200 in 10:16.47.

Sandage took fourth in the 3200 in 10:17.27 and Perry Central freshman Eric Scheiber was eighth in the 1600 in 4:40.38.

The top eight finishers in each event scored but only the top four qualified for the regional.

Avallone placed fourth in the 300 hurdles in 40.59.

Perry Central took two of the top four places in the shot put. Robbie Piper was second at 47 feet, 91?2 inches and Jake Paulin was fourth at 46-1.

Perry Central's T.J. Hall was a surprise fourth-place finisher in the long jump with a 19-foot-1 leap, a personal record by 10 inches.

Four Perry Countians scored in the discus.

Tell City's Daniel Scott was fifth with a 130-foot-81?2 throw. That actually tied for fourth but their second best throws were used to break the tie.

Perry Central's Andrew Muth was sixth at 128-1, Cannelton's T.J. James seventh at 125-10, and Tell City's Tyler Henning eighth at 117-7.

James' throw broke his own school record.

Tell City's Jerry Ammon, Nathan Ramsey, Colton Thomas and Jay Ziegelgruber placed fifth in the 400 relay in 47.23, just four-hundredths of a second behind fourth place.

Ramsey was seventh in the long jump at 17-9 and eighth in the 200 in 25.00.

Ziegelgruber tied for sixth in the high jump at 5-8.

Perry Central's Hall, Dakota Huff, Ethan Wheatley and Andy James placed seventh in the 400 relay in 47.57.

"We had a good night overall," said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett. "I thought Corey, Nick and Mike (Ernst) had great nights."

The regional will be at Evansville Central Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Team scores: Northeast Dubois 115, Heritage Hills 106.5, Forest Park 98, Perry Central 88, Jasper 79, Tell City 62.5, South Spencer 30, Southridge 22, Loogootee 13, Shoals 5, Cannelton 2