Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 30, 2014

Prep roundup for Wednesday, April 30

Host Tigers run away with girls title

Eastern and Maconaquah shared the boys title in the Northwestern Relays on Tuesday.

The co-winners finished with scores of 62, Hamilton Heights was third with 56, Northwestern was fourth with 45, Cass and Tipton tied for fifth with 41, and North Miami was seventh with 23.

Eastern won three events. Austin Bates, Nick Handy, Kevin Zheng and Lewis Duke won the distance medley relay in 11:37.6. Zheng, Handy, Duke and Joshua Sommers won the 4x800 relay in 9:07.1. And Riley Haupert, Will Porter, Duke and Sommers won the 4x400 in 3:36.2.

The Comets added a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay. Porter, Trey Thomas, Papee Byers and Haupert turned in a time of :46.5.

“We had a sprint medley team that ran third but was disqualified for an exchange-zone violation. That’s six points wiped off the board,” Eastern coach Austin Roark said. “Also, there was no pole vault [contest] and our pole vaulters are starting to click. So to take first with Maconaquah, I’m really happy for these guys. It didn’t start out the way that we wanted, but it definitely ended the way that we wanted.”

Roark pointed to the 4x400 team’s win as one of the biggest highlights.

“They went 3:36.2 running into a monsoon headwind. That is one second off our PR running into that wind,” he said. “We knew we had to get a big lead on Maconaquah with K.J. Walton running for them. I was proud of our guys for staying out in front of him because that kid can fly.”

Walton was named the Bob Rodibaugh Award winner as the meet’s outstanding performer with two first and two seconds.

For the co-champ Braves, Nate Robinson, James Wilkinson, Cody Hicks and Walton won the sprint medley in 1:40.4. The same quartet won the 400 relay in 46 seconds.

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