CORYDON — New Albany seniors Micah Camble and Nd Eze led the way as the Bulldogs ended Floyd Central’s 16-year run as sectional champion at the Corydon Central Sectional on Thursday night.
New Albany won with 159 points and Floyd Central was runner-up at 148.
“We knew the events we’d be strong in,” New Albany coach Kyle Weigleb said. “And we knew what events we needed to step up – and we did.”
The top three finishers in each event advance to the Evansville Central Regional next Thursday.
Eze scored big early in the meet with wins in the high jump and the 110-meter hurdles. His winning jump of 6 feet, 6 inches preceded a tough effort in the hurdles.
“In the blocks, my feet kept slipping, I knew I’d have to work in the middle [of the race],” Eze said. “I knew I’d be OK if I worked a little harder.”
Eze won the 110 hurdles in 14.52 seconds, just ahead of Borden’s Eric Wheatley (14.68), whose two runner-up finishes in hurdles events and meet record-tying pole vault helped the Braves to a fourth-place finish, just a half-point behind Corydon's third-place score.
In a tightly contested 100, Lanesville freshman Luke Collins edged Floyd Central senior Jon Gunn for the win. Collins finished in 10.99, Gunn in 11.03.
Christian Academy senior Caleb Futter, coming off the anchor leg in the 3,200 relay, cruised to victory in the 1,600.
Futter went to the lead early and let the rest of the field chase him.
“I was just going to see how the other guys reacted,” Futter said of going to the lead at the start. “I took off with a reasonable pace and just tried to hang on.”
Futter was coming back in the 3,200 later in the evening – and that was a consideration in the warm conditions.
“It was in my mind,” said Futter, who finished in 4:29.93.
Futter saved plenty for the longer race, winning the 3,200 in 9:26.35. Floyd Central’s Hunter Griffin was runner-up in 10:06.63 – more than 40 seconds back.
Youth was served in the long jump as New Albany freshman Ja’raylan Johnson won with a leap of 21-10. Sophomore Wenkers Wright of Floyd Central was runner-up at 21-6.
The 3,200 relay started the track portion of the meet and set the standard for a competitive evening.
The New Albany team of Asius Miles, Alexander Wallingford, Brayden Cosby and Camble pulled away from the competition to win the event in 8:17.51.
“We try to win the first event to let everyone know we’re here,” said Camble.
Camble returned to set a sectional record in the 400 with a 48.32. Cosby was runner-up in 49.43, giving New Albany a 1-2 finish in the event.
New Albany senior DeAndre Stroud, who finished third in the 110 hurdles, won the 300 hurdles in 40.19. Wheatley again was runner-up with a time of 40.39.
It wasn’t all just qualifying as a runner-up for Wheatley. His pole vault of 15-0 tied a sectional record for the win. Floyd Central’s Devon Montgomery (14-6) was second.
New Albany continued to pile up points in the sprints as sophomore Samuel Tunsil, a member of the winning 400 relay team, won the 200 in 22.73.
Holding a slim lead, New Albany iced the team title with a sectional record time in the 1,600 relay, the final event of the meet. The team of Miles, Stroud, Wallingford and Camble got the win in 3:26.10.
“It took years to get like this,” Camble said of the win. “It’s hard work every day, we’re starting to bloom.”
Floyd Central senior Cam Sturgeon had the strongest effort in the field events, sweeping the shot put and discus. Crawford County’s Nick Stroud was runner-up in both events.