By Jake Thompson
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.”
Akinyosoye, Marcus Griffin, Presley Martin and Harrison Weber edged Zionsville at the finish line in the 4x400 (3:26.25) for first.
The 4x100 team of Akinyosoye, Jalen Edwards, James Bryant, and Sergio Hunt took first in a time of 43.02, running what Toothman believes is the group’s best time all season.
Martin won the 800 (1:56.63), dropping two seconds off his personal best time and Ross Hughes was second in the 3200 (9:39.36) and broke his school record set at the county meet earlier this season, dropping nearly six seconds.
Avon’s Taylor Kleyn placed second in the 1600 (4:36.36).
In the throws, Avon was exceptional starting with David Schall, who threw 23-feet past his personal best to win the discus (165-02), giving him the third best throw in the state to this point.
Angelo Allen won the shot put with a throw of 56-09, meeting the state standard (54-02).
Chase Alexander, who has been the Orioles’ anchor in the throws all season, placed second in the shot put (53-03) and third in the discus (143-06).
“Our throws have been the backbone since I’ve been here,” Toothman said. “We’re deep in those events.”
The Orioles’ Devyn Mikell (21-00.50) and Will Hargis (20-07.75) took second and third, respectively, in the long jump.
Marcus Griffin took third in both the 110 hurdles (15.75) and 300 hurdles (41.66).
Edwards placed third in the 100 (11.38) for the Orioles.
“We got everybody we thought we’d get out, out,” Toothman said.
Plainfield won two events as distance runner Abiel Mogos captured the 3200 (9:38.16) and Keshawn Robinson finished first in the long jump (21.07.25).
The Quaker’s 4x800 team of Mogos, Joel Thompson, Justin Pelkey and Robert Weisbach took second in a time of 8:17.49.
Plainfield also took second in the 4x100 as the team of Kris Clark, Tyler Kinman, Dallon Howard and Collin Maple finished in a time of 43.08.
The Quaker’s Josh Miller placed second in the 100 (11.19) and third in the 200 (23.15). Clark took second in the 200 (23.03).
Plainfield freshman Jake Maple took third in the 400 (51.06) as did Thompson in the 800 (1:58.42).
Plainfield’s Tyler Kehrt placed third in the shot put (44-02).
The Quakers 4x400 team of Thompson, Jake Maple, Andrew Snoke, and Zach Richardson took third (3:28.11).
Brownsburg’s Jeremy Shupperd won the 110 (14.94), placed second in the 300 hurdles (40.33) and third in the high jump (6-00). It was Shupperd’s first 110 hurdles sectional title, one that had eluded him until his senior season.
“It felt good to get it and I’m just shooting for that state qualifying time in the 110,” Shupperd said. “I was a couple of tenths off, maybe next week. I’m hoping between me and (Avon’s) Cameron (Hollins) we can get to state and represent Hendricks County. That’s why that standard’s looking pretty nice. I’ll just try to be perfect and pray for a good wind behind us.”
The Bulldogs also advanced two pole-vaulters as Davis LaPerle (14-03) and Josh Mishler (13-06) placed second and third, respectively.
Brownsburg’s Justin Hays took third in the 3200 (9:47.72).
Tri-West’s Anthony Lazaro repeated as the 400 champion, finishing in a time of 49.38, meeting the state standard (49.55). Lazaro had only run the 400 three times in meets this season according to Bruins coach Brian Powers.
Danville’s Austin Anderson placed second in the high jump (6-00).
To advance into next week’s regional, runners and field athletes had to place in the top four or meet the state standard in their respective events.
Regional action begins at 6 p.m. May, 23 at Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Fourth-place Finishers — Devon Boone, Hariharan Sathyamurthy, Anthony Jones, and Brandon Britton (Brownsburg, 4x800, 8:42.17), Johnny Dotlich (Brownsburg, 110 Hurdles, 15.77), Elliott Shaw (Brownsburg, 1600, 4:42.53), Toks Akinribade, Tyler Kirtz, Johnny Dotlich, Tyrelle Lismon (Brownsburg, 4x100, 45.02), James Bryant (Avon, 200, 23.34), Levi Musson (Cascade, 3200, 9:50.26), Isaiah Hightower, Johnny Dotlich, Nassif Kouton, Brandon Britton (Brownsburg, 4x400, 3:30.35), Zac Butler (Cascade, long jump, 20-05.50).