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April 23, 2013

Orioles repeat as county track champions

CLAYTON — Intermittent rain and occasional downpours did not slow down the Hendricks County boys’ track and field teams last night.

Despite the soggy conditions and a persistent Plainfield effort, Avon brought home its second consecutive county championship.

“It feels good, really good especially since we had a few hiccups early on,” Avon coach Zach Toothman said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy as Plainfield is one of the most underrated teams in this part of the state, in my opinion.

“The kids wanted to go and not wait for tomorrow and they are pretty resilient when it comes to the weather, especially after the last two weeks.”

Taking home 11 of 15 events — pole vault was postponed due to inclement weather —  the Orioles dominated the competition by the end.

Avon’s Cameron Hollins was a bright spot on a rainy day as the junior came up big with three county titles in the 110 hurdles (15.39), 300 hurdles (40.93) and the high jump (6-02). His marks in the high jump and 300 hurdles were both personal bests.

“I just came out here and had a mission and I went beyond my goal,” Hollins said. “It’s a big deal and I couldn’t even fathom this. It’s crazy.”

Avon’s Chase Alexander took first in both the shot put (52-02) and discus (140-10), mirroring Josh Smith’s county performance last season.

“It feels great and there’s nothing better as long as we win this meet together,” Alexander said as competition went on around him. “It was hard it being so wet and it was great to throw well.

“I’m just trying to strive to where Josh was and maybe beat him because he was just a great mentor to me and such a leader.”

Sogo Akinyosoye matched Alexander’s performance as a double individual winner in the 200 (22.76) and 400 (50.50) along with a gutty performance in the 4x400.

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