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March 29, 2014

Orioles take second in indoor track meet

The best year in Avon High School sports history has a chance to get even better this spring.

The school has two state titles and two runners-up this year, and after last week’s second-place finish at the Hoosier State Relays in Marion, the Oriole boys’ team has its sights set on more hardware.

“To get second says a lot about where we are as a program,” Avon coach Zach Toothman said. “I’m starting to look at what we can score in, and we’re a very balanced team. After this meet, we talked about it on the way home, that we absolutely have a chance to win the state meet.”

That event isn’t until June 7, but the performance in Marion could be a springboard for what lies ahead.

Avon swept the top two spots in the shot put, as David Schall took first with a throw of 60 feet, 8 inches for a new school record, and Angelo Allen placed second with his own personal-best.

“David’s the first Avon athlete to throw 60 feet, and it was his best in a meet by six feet” Toothman said. “Thing is, discus might be his best event, so we’re pretty excited about what he can do in those two events.”

Toothman credited the growth of Schall, Allen and all Avon throwers to assistant coach Doug Keele.

“He’s one of the top five coaches in the state – college or high school,” Toothman said. “He’s amazing at what he does. He always turns out state qualifiers, boys and girls. There’s so much technique that goes into it to give you an edge, and our kids have that.”

The 4x800 unit of Evan Snodgrass, Brandon Vu, Taylor Kleyn and Pressley Martin also earned a first-place, with a time of 7:59.43 that set a new AHS indoor record.

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