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May 9, 2013

BOYS' TRACK: Eurton leads favored Braves at SAC

Floyd favored in HHC race

BORDEN — Borden senior Brian Eurton was part of a history-making Braves cross country team.

However, a 64th-place finish at the Brown County semistate left a bad taste in his mouth.

The disappointment of not advancing to state as an individual or as a team has motived Eurton to close strong during track.

He’s doing just that. Eurton opened the season with a win in the Jeffersonville Inferno in the 1,600 and was later runner-up to North Harrison’s Jonathan Reynolds at the Floyd Invitational.

“You always want to finish your senior year on a good note and I didn’t do that in cross country,” Eurton said. “So I want to do that in track.”

Eurton is favored to be a four-time winner at today’s Southern Athletic Conference meet. He’s hoping his efforts in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay will help the Braves win their second straight SAC title.

“I want to help our team win conference,” he said. “We should.”

Next week starts the beginning of the end of Eurton’s track career. He will be a contender in the Floyd Central Sectional in the 1,600 and 800. The Braves’ 3,200 relay team may be the favorites to take the sectional crown.

“I would like to be a champion, but pretty much the goal is to get out [to regional],” he said. “The 4x8, that’s the one that we have the goal of being champions.”

Led by Eurton, Julien and Nathan Magallanes and George and Gavin Tipker, the Braves should dominate the distance events at SAC. The 3,200 relay is favored by more than 30 seconds.

Borden also features one of the conference’s best sprinters in Brady Knight, one of its top throwers in Brett Williams, plus Michael Lynch, who is a contender in the pole vault and the 110 high hurdles.

New Wash has a pair of contenders in several events. Ian Hughes could win the high jump and the 400, and Adan Diaz is a contender in the 800 and the 300 hurdles.

Henryville’s Jacob Hedrick has been running amongst Borden distance runners this year and is expected to push Eurton in the 3,200. Alex White will be a factor for the Hornets in the throwing events, particuarly the shot put.

Here’s a look at the Hoosier Hills and the Mid-Southern Conference meets, which also take place today:

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