Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 29, 2014

Orioles take second in indoor track meet

By Brent Glasgow brent.glasgow@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — 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.

The 4x400 tandem of Kleyn, Martin, James Bryant and Tony Newbern placed fifth, in an indoor program-best 3:29.96.

Cameron Hollins had a solid day, with a fourth place in the long jump (6 feet, 4 inches), fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.25 seconds) and 16th in the long jump (20 feet, 9 inches).

“He had an outstanding meet,” Toothman said. “He’s come a long way since his freshman year.”

With Avon on spring break, Toothman had more athletes stick around than in any of his previous three seasons. Part of it, he said, was because they want to write their own piece of AHS history in June.

“This year, with the success Avon’s had, it’s almost like we have to get top-two to keep up,” Toothman said. “We want a trophy just like the other ones have, and these guys have seen how big of a deal it is. To them, it’s like, ‘If they can do it, why can’t we?’”

— Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports writer Brent Glasgow on Twitter @BGlasgow37.