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May 15, 2013

BOYS' TRACK SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Devils going for 41st sectional title

Floyd on verge of 11th consecutive crown

JEFFERSONVILLE — The 2013 version of the Jeffersonville boys’ track team may not be its deepest, most experienced or most talented in the past 41 years, but that shouldn’t keep the Red Devils from winning a state-record 41st sectional title on Thursday.

While talented Silver Creek, Madison and Southwestern teams will push Jeff, the heat sheets have at least one Devil in the top seven of every event.

“I think we’re going to have more competition than we have in recent years,” Jeff coach Mark Felix said. “If we have any unfortunate circumstances occur, we might be in trouble. But I fully expect to win.”

Tyrell Dowdell is the top seed in the 400, just ahead of teammate David Morales. Dowdell and Isaiah Blanton are ranked second and third in the 100 and the 200. Chase Scott is the favorite in the long jump and Tyler Kahl is seeded fourth. DeSean Daugherty is the second seed in the 110 high hurdles and No. 4 in the 300 hurdles. Tymon Brown and Nash Rivers are also the second and third seeds, respectively, in the shot put, and Rivers is ranked fifth in the discus.

Silver Creek is likely to have the most sectional champions. The Dragons have seven top-seeded athletes. Schuyler Hosp is the favorite in the shot put and discus and Isaak Haas is seeded first in both distance events. Marciez Sewell is the No. 1 seed in the 300 hurdles, Zach Davidson is the pre-race 800 favorite and the Dragons’ 3,200 relay team is tied with Madison for the best time this season.

“We have six or seven who could potentially win,” Silver Creek coach Darrell Kingery said. “That still wouldn’t offset what Jeff’s able to do.”

The Dragons may be the favorites if not for an injury to sprinter Bobby Haines.

“With him, I thought we had a shot,” Kingery said. “With everybody healthy, I really thought we had a chance, but without him, I just don’t think we can. I’ve always dreamed about [winning a sectional]. It would be really nice, but you have to have the horses.”

Jacob Hedrick is Henryville’s top-seeded athlete. He is ranked second to Haas in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

For New Washington, Adan Diaz is seeded second in the 300 hurdles behind Sewell, and Ian Hughes is ranked fifth in a tight 400 field.

Eli Daniel of Charlestown is seeded third in the high jump. The top four athletes in each event advance to next Thursday’s Bloomington North Regional.

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