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May 16, 2014

H.S. TRACK AND FIELD: Floyd wins controversial HHC title

Highlanders pick up fourth straight conference crown

JEFFERSONVILLE — Floyd Central boys’ track coach Lane Oxley was not going to relinquish the Hoosier Hills Conference championship without a fight when the conference meet concluded on Thursday night at Blair Field.

After an announcement was made that Columbus East defeated the three-time defending HHC champion Highlanders by one point, Oxley argued that the long jump results were inaccurate. He argued that Floyd senior Logan Vaughn actually finished one spot ahead of Columbus East’s Jacob Hampton, while the results had the outcome in reverse order.

Oxley won the argument and the Highlanders captured their fourth consecutive conference championship with 133 points. Vaughn ended up sixth and Hampton was seventh. The Olympians had 132 points as they were denied their first HHC crown since 2008.

“I feel terrible for East after they claimed the win and then they gave it back to us,” Oxley said. “But we had to get it right.”

Sprinter Gaige Klingsmith was the only Floyd competitor to win two individual conference titles. Klingsmith won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.1 seconds, followed by a victory in the 200 dash in 22.25.

Highlander senior Jacob Marguet repeated as the HHC pole vault champion. He broke the conference record with a jump of 14 feet, 7 inches. His leap was 2 feet, 1 inch better than his HHC-winning height last year.

Floyd Central junior Adam Wallace won two blue ribbons. He began the night by helping the Highlanders’ 3,200 relay team prevail in 8:25.79. Other team members were seniors Grant Reynolds and Reese Tarr and junior Grant Vellinger. Wallace then won the 800 in 1:59.

“The kids did more than what they were [seeded],” Oxley said. “The kids really laid it on the line and I hope we can keep this going.”

Host Jeffersonville ended up fourth with 68 points without a conference champions. Junior Guy Oliver led the Red Devils, placing second in the high jump (6-4) and the long jump (23-1).

“It was about what I expected,” Jeff coach Mark Felix said. “We’ve been trying all year to get over that hump. We’ve got a few holes in several events that I don’t know if we have time to fill them. This is a young group and they’re trying. There is a lot more talent at Floyd Central right now. Floyd Central has a good group right now.”

New Albany wound up seventh with 46 points. Senior Javen Reeves took home the Bulldogs’ lone conference title by winning the high jump with a leap of 6-6.

“Absolutely, I’m happy [Reeves won],” New Albany coach Mark Peterson said. “We’re young and we are learning. We’re on a learning curve.”

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