PLAINFIELD — For the third consecutive year, the Avon Orioles boys’ track team loaded the Plainfield sectional trophy onto their bus and headed home. The Orioles won 9 of 16 events, using depth in many areas to increase their margin of victory.
Avon (189) outscored second place Zionsville (112) by 77 points as Plainfield (117) took third, followed by Brownsburg (96). Danville (30.50) finished sixth, Tri-West (27) was seventh and Cascade (15) took eighth.
“There were a lot of good performances and we’re where we want to be heading into next week,” Avon coach Zach Toothman said.
However, a third in the 4x800 by Avon’s Presley Martin, Conner Voth, Brandon Vu and Evan Snodgrass to begin the meet might have rattled Toothman.
“I’ll be honest, starting off with the 4x800 I wasn’t real sure what happened there and I thought ‘Oh no, hopefully this doesn’t start us off on the wrong foot,’” Toothman said.
Avon’s Sogo Akinyosoye and Cameron Hollins each had big nights for the Orioles.
Akinyosoye won both the 100 (11.00) and 200 (22.31) and was a part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. His time in the 100 was good enough to meet the state standard (11.12).
“I’ve come a long way since freshman year,” Akinyosoye said. “I’ve worked on my mechanics with my arms, shoulders and back and really worked on my form. I’m dead, cramping up and tired and it’s just so bad and so painful, but it’s for the team and that’s why I do it.”
Hollins equaled Akinyosoye’s performance, winning both the high jump (6-02) and 300 hurdles (40.32). He also placed second in the 110 hurdles (15.12).
“It’s feeling good and it’s really hitting me now,” Hollins said. “I just want to stay in it and make it past regionals to state. I want to finish strong. I felt like I could have went higher in the high jump, but didn’t want to risk it heading into regionals.”