By Ryan Palencer
ZIONSVILLE — For the Avon boys’ track team, it had been a while since they had a high pressure meet.
Despite this, they performed well at Friday’s Hoosier Crossroads Conference meet, finishing third with 114 points.
“We came in thinking that we were somewhere in the top three, probably a solid third, but maybe knock off one of the top two,” Avon coach Zach Toothman said. “We held our own...we had a lot of guys drop their times. This was a little more pressure being the conference meet and they handled it pretty well.”
Fishers (151) won while Hamilton Southeastern (137) finished second.
The Orioles got off to a blazing start as the team of Conner Voth, Evan Snodgrass, Taylor Kleyn, and Presley Martin took first in the 4X800 relay.
“I’m a little biased because I’m a distance guy, but the 4X800 is one of my favorite events,” Toothman said. “It is the very first event and sets the tone and that sort of thing. To come up with a win is always good. That is something that those guys have been eyeing for a bit. They are all in that event and that is their main focus. It is good to win against some good teams in that.”
Sogo Akinyosoye followed up with a second place showing in the 100, giving the Orioles the lead after two events.
The 4x100 team of James Bryant, Antwoine Moses, Jalen Edwards, and Akinyosoye took third for the Orioles.
“In general, we really focus on the relays,” Toothman said. “If you can score well in the relays in a big meet, you’re going to do well. We were third in the 4X100, which is big and we were fourth in the 4X400, so we held our own in a good conference.”
Marcus Griffin and Cameron Hollins took third and fourth, respectively in the 300 hurdles.
In the field events, Chase Alexander took second place in the discus (151-02). However, the highlight of the field events for the Orioles was Angelo Allen taking first place in the shot put with a throw of 55-02.
Martin placed third in the 800 and Akinyosoye finished third in the 200.
Toothman was impressed by the amount and quality of races that Akinyosoye participated in.
“Sogo did basically six races today with the two prelims,” Toothman said. “He did pretty well. He ran against some really good guys. His places tend to get overshadowed, because it is a really tough meet here.”
For Brownsburg the depth of the HCC caught up with the Bulldogs this season, according to coach Bret Neylon, as the Bulldogs finished eighth with 30 points.
“As a whole team, I’m a little disappointed,” Neylon said. “In this conference, it’s one of the best in the state, you have to be on it and you have to be giving 100 percent every stride out there. I’m pleased with a lot of the guys’ effort, but overall we are not running like we are capable of.”
Neylon was pleased that Jeremy Shupperd broke the school record in the hurdles. However, this showed the talent in the conference, as he finished seventh.
“You don’t need to go any further than that to see how tough the conference is,” Neylon said.
For the Bulldogs, Taylor Hemmert had the best finish of the night in the long jump, with a fourth place finish, clearing 20-00.75. Josh Mishler finished fourth in the pole vault.
Another highlight for Brownsburg was the 3200 as Justin Hays finished fifth and Mark Bond placed eighth.
“Our two milers, Justin and Mark ran personal records,” Neylon said. “You like to see that.”