By GREG MENGELT
Borden’s boys and Henryville’s girls each repeated as Southern Athletic Conference track and field champions on Thursday at Borden Community Park.
The Borden boys won 10 of the 16 events to beat runner-up South Central by 59 points. The Hornet girls got four wins from Sadie Spears, two relay victories and showed superior depth to out-distance second-place Borden by 67 points.
As expected, Borden dominated the distance events, winning and taking two of the top three spots in all three events. Less expectedly, Brady Knight swept the sprint events and the Braves won all three relays. Michael Lynch won the pole vault and Brett Williams took the discus for the Braves as the boys’ meet began Tuesday with field events.
“It means a lot to send the five seniors out on a good note,” Knight said.
“We have a good group that has put in a lot of time,” Borden coach Liz Carmony said. “That’s what made the difference.”
After a short rain delay, the Braves left little doubt of their superiority when their 3,200-meter relay team of Brian Eurton, George Tipker and Nathan and Julien Magallanes broke the school and conference records in a time of 8:24.22.
“It was cool to get [the record], but we were focused more on getting a [personal record],” Nathan Magallanes explained. “Our goal is to get to state. We have never been out of regional, but that’s our goal. We know it’s going to be tough.”
“I’ve been expecting it,” Carmony said of breaking the school record. “I’m very happy with all three relay teams.”
Knight trailed late in the 100 to South Central’s Collin Kendal and the 200 to the Rebels’ Aidan Remero before out-kicking both to the line.
“I tried to stay close enough and let them use up all of their energy then go out and catch them,” explained Knight, who also help the 400 relay team to victory.
Borden senior Brian Eurton won most valuable athlete honors with 26 1/2 points, a half-point ahead of New Washington’s Ian Hughes. Along with winning the 3,200 relay, Eurton won the 800, was second to teammate Julien Magallanes in the 1,600 and was third in the 3,200, which Nathan Magallanes won ahead of Henryville’s Jacob Hedrick.
Hughes won the 400 and the high jump. A year ago, Hughes was favored in the 400 and came up short.
“The 400 is the hardest race in track,” Hughes said. “With about 40 meters left, I started to pull away and I started to get excited. Last year, I was undefeated going into conference and lost. The goal this year was to work hard and finally get it.”
Henryville’s Alex White won the shot put with a toss of just over 42 feet, 6 inches.
Spears and the Henryville runners gave the Hornets a 45-point lead heading into Thursday’s field events. The title was the Hornets’ seventh straight.
“It’s always good to win a championship,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “That’s something the girls have talked about and looked forward to.”
Spears won the 800 in record time (2:31.18), the 1,600, the 3,200 and helped the Hornets to the 3,200 relay title.
“It feels good to be able to help my team so much,” Spears said. “It takes the pressure off of some of the other girls.”
“She’s led us in every practice,” Conrad said of Spears. “She knew [Tuesday] was going to be a tough night and she just accepted it.”
Spears was not the meet’s only four-time winner. New Washington’s Alecia Harrod won the 100, the 200, the long jump and was a member of the Mustangs’ winning 400 relay team.
Runner-up Borden had three winners. Carson Casey took the shot put and discus, while Shelby Kirchgessner was the pole vault champion.
HIGHLANDERS WIN HHC
Floyd Central’s boys gave the Highlanders the boys-girls Hoosier Hills Conference sweep for the second straight year by claiming the conference title on Thursday at Columbus East.
The Highlanders scored in 14 of 16 events to beat runner-up Jeffersonville by 26 points for their third straight HHC crown.
“I think we’re getting to the point where we’re all about all the way through [the lineup],” Floyd Central coach Lane Oxley said.
Codie Hamsley had two of the Highlanders’ three wins. He won the shot put with a throw of 52-9 and the discus in 186 feet. Floyd also took first- and second-place finishes in the pole vault, led by Jacob Marguet’s 12-6. Taylor Dutton finished second.
Jeffersonville’s lone championship came from Tyrell Dowdell, who claimed the 400 title in 50.6 seconds. New Albany’s Jermaine Parrish swept in sprints and helped the 400 relay team to a win. He won the 100 in 10.88 and the 200 in 22.21.
Drew Hirsch also won the 3,200 for the Bulldogs, who finished seventh.