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FORTVILLE — Hosting a track and field sectional has its advantages, as the Mt. Vernon boys squad can attest.

You know the nooks and crannies of the running track, pits and field; you don’t have to board a bus like the other 11 schools in the field must; and you can use that to out-do the competition.

Which is exactly what the Marauders did Thursday night, as they coasted to the title, 144-120 over Pendleton Heights.  It was MV’s third sectional crown, all coming since the school began to host sectionals in 2003 (the others were in 2004 and 2012).

Eastern Hancock was fifth with 61.5 points, and advanced four individuals and two relays to next Thursday’s North Central Regional.

The Marauders captured six events, with Andrew Payne sweeping the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and running the second leg of the 400 relay, which MV won.

MV also won the first event, the 3,200 relay, in a stirring duel with Lapel, and Wyatt Gutierrez in the shot put and Lincoln Hine in the pole vault also delivered 10 points apiece for the Marauders with their successes.

“We knew we had to weather the last five events,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said. “How (the field) events go, so goes the meet, and fortunately we came out in good shape.”

Payne took the 110 in 15.02 seconds and came back to win the 300 in 41.09, beating runner-up Sean Thompson of Lapel in both races.

Hine teamed with Kyle Forsythe to go 1-2 in the pole vault, with the winning height 12 feet and second place 11-6.

MV also claimed the top two spots in the shot put, as Gutierrez threw 45-3 and Brayton Shannon 44-4. EH’s Brenden Box was next.

In the 3,200 relay, MV and Lapel battled each other the entire way, and down the home stretch, Jordan House and Lapel’s Bailey Partington ran neck-and-neck before House hit the line 6/100ths of a second in front. Ross Houk, Brisco Wood and Andrew Thaxton ran before House.

The 400 relay went to Payne, Shannon, Brendan Bradfield and Caleb White in 44.74 over EH’s Austin Smith, Derrik Noel, Sam Carlton and Isaiah McCormick, who were second.

Other Marauders who advanced were Gutierrez in the discus, White in the 100, House in the 400, Wood in the 800, Aaron Rush in the 800 and 1,600, and Jake Russell in the 3,200.

The final event, the 1,600 relay, saw top-seeded PH get disqualified after a bad final exchange. Lapel won, with MV second and the Royals third.


Royals shine

The quartet of EH field athletes getting another meet include a near-sectional champion and a largely-inexperienced long jumper.

Justin Cool-Luke high-jumped 6 feet, 1 inch, the same height as DaMarcus Watkins of Liberty Christian, but by virtue of Watkins’ fewer misses, the Royals’ senior had to settle for second.

A second EH high jumper also made the regional, Derrik Noel, who tied for fourth at 5-10.

“I think both of them can go 6-2 (next) week, with a little bit of work,” Royals’ coach Clayton Shultz said.

Cooper Henderson went 19-8 to take third in the long jump. Not bad for someone whom Shultz said has been jumping for the first time since seventh grade.

“He’s got the capability to go 20 feet, and he’s just learning his trade,” Shultz said.

Box placed third in the shot put, at 44-3.

“All in all, a pretty good night for the Royals,” Shultz said. “We scored more points than we have in a sectional meet in a while.”


Mt. Vernon Boys Track and Field Sectional, Thursday

Team: Mt. Vernon 144, Pendleton Heights 120, Anderson 98.5, Lapel 72, Eastern Hancock 61.5, New Castle 40, Wes-Del 27, Daleville 23, Liberty Christian 11, Shenandoah 11, Blue River Valley 6, Knightstown 5.

Individual top four results (top four qualify for North Central Regional)

100: 1. Taylor (PH) 11.09; 2. Upchurch (NC) 11.31; 3. White (MV) 11.43; 4. Drown (DA) 11.46.

200: 1. Taylor (PH) 22.58; 2. Wilson (PH) 23.11; 3. Upchurch (NC) 23.14; 4. White (AN) 23.32.

400: 1. Busch (LA) 50.56*; 2. White (AN) 51.50; 3. A. Wilson (PH) 51.56; 4. House (MV) 53.50.

800: 1. Hendershot (LA) 2:03.14; 2. Wood (MV) 2:03.50; 3. Rush (MV) 2:05.30; 4. Cole (AN) 2:05.58.

1600: 1. Young (PH) 4:30.44; 2. Rush (MV) 4:31.72; 3. Jones (PH) 4:38.01; 4. Kabir (AN) 4:42.83.

3200: 1. Young (PH) 10:11.32; 2. Jones (PH) 10:15.65; 3. Willis (NC) 10:24.28; 4. Russell (MV) 10:32.84.

110 hurdles: 1. Payne (MV) 15.02; 2. Thompson (LA) 15.41; 3. West (AN) 15.77; 4. Guldager (PH) 16.22.

300 hurdles: 1. Payne (MV) 41.09; 2. Thompson (LA) 41.24; 3. Guldager (PH) 42.48; 4. Irelan (DA) 42.60.

400 relay: 1. MV (Shannon, Payne, Bradfield, White) 44.74; 2. EH 44.93; 3. NC 45.59; 4. AN 45.78.

1600 relay: 1. LA (Partington, Thompson, Hendershot, Busch) 3:28.98; 2. MV 3:38.97; 3. EH 3:41.16; 4. NC 3:42.46.

3200 relay: 1. MV (Houk, Wood, Thaxton, House) 8:22.15; 2. LA 8:22.21; 3. AN 8:37.58; 4. PH 8:46.12.

Discus: 1. White (AN) 139-10; 2. Steele (LA) 134-0; 3. Farrer (PH) 132-5; 4. Gutierrez (MV) 130-10.

High jump: 1. Watkins (LC) 6-1; 2. Cool-Luke (EH) 6-1; 3. Williams (AN) 6-0; 4t. Noel (EH) 5-10; 4t. Patterson (AN) 5-10.

Long jump: 1. Rooker (WD) 20-7; 2. C. Wilson (PH) 19-10 1/4; 3. Henderson (EH) 19-8; 4. Drown (DA) 19-2 1/4.

Pole vault: 1. Hine (MV) 12-0; 2. Forsythe (MV) 11-6; 3. Abbott (AN) 11-0; 4. McCallister (PH) 11-0.

Shot put: 1. Gutierrez (MV) 45-3; 2. Shannon (MV) 44-4; 3. Box (EH) 44-3; 4. Wyatt (KN) 44-0

*Sectional record

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