The boys track team had a lot of success at the postponed Sectional at Carmel Friday night, advancing all three relays and 8 individuals to the Regional.
The night got started well with the 4×800 relay of Mahamat Djour, Max Gutwein, Noah Douthit, and David Mannella just getting edged out for a 2nd place finish by .24 seconds. The Shamrocks kept it rolling with both sprint entries advancing from the prelims to finals in all three events. Eventually, Alex Kukura finished 4th in the 100, Francis Agbo was 5th in the 200, and Cooper Boehm would finish 4th in the 110 hurdles, all of which advanced to next week’s Regional.
The other two relays also had a great night with the 4×100 of Agbo, Kukura, Mario Chalmers, and Mason Piening breaking the school record and finishing 3rd, getting the automatic qualifier, and the 4×400 of Calvin Grenda, Kukura, Djour, and Joe Harris ran a season best for a 4th place call back. Earlier, Grenda finished 3rd in the 300 hurdles for the auto qualifier. Mannella completed the tough double, running fast enough in the 800 to make it to the Regional as well.
In the field events, the throwers came up big. Jacob Netral was 3rd in the discus to advance to the Regional, while Colin Caldwell finished 6th for the call back. In shot they reversed their finish, with Caldwell grabbing 4th with Netral 5th, both of which will advance to the next round.
The boys who did not advance also had a great night. Carson Voorhis scored in the 300 hurdles and advanced to finals in the 110 hurdles. Jacob Beene had a 6 second PR in the mile to finish with a fine 4:34, Jonathan Frey PRed by a foot in the pole vault, while Lester Gonzalez also had a personal best, and in the long jump, Chalmers and David Frey both had great nights. Finally Christiaan Huisden capped off a great season, scoring in the 200.
The boys are back in action Thursday May 23 at the IHSAA Lafayette Jeff Regional.