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May 5, 2012

BOYS PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Seeing red, blue

Goshen, Fairfield take team titles at big area meet

DUNLAP — It was a local sweep Friday night at the 42nd annual Kelly Relays at Concord High School.

The event was started by CHS boys track and field coach Dale Kelly as a means of judging a team’s depth instead of individual accomplishments. All of the events are scored in a relay format. The field events are scored on the combined height or distance of a team’s three competitors.

The Goshen Redskins amassed 106 points to win the Class a title for the first time since 1994 when the Redskins ironically also totaled 106 points. Elkhart Central was second at 91, followed by Concord 81, East Noble 52, Northridge 46 and Plymouth 24.

The Fairfield Falcons accumulated 112 points to take home the Class B title for the third straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons. NorthWood was second at 66, followed by Whitko 65, New Prairie 55, Jimtown 46, Bremen 43 1/2 and Culver Military Academy 14 1/2.

Goshen finished first in the 4 x 800-meter relay, the shuttle hurdle relay, shot put and long jump.

“I’m happy for the seniors,” Goshen coach Brock Maust said. “They are the ones who have put the time in over the last four years, but we also had more sophomores and freshmen run tonight than we ever have had. Winning this title is one of our goals for our season, but we are not done yet.”

The Redskins finished in second place a year ago.

“It was nice to come out on top this year,” Maust said. “We knew we are a strong team. We talked to the kids about using this meet as a hard practice to get us ready for Tuesday (NLC meet at Warsaw).”

The Redskins placed second or third in seven events.

“We showed our depth,” Maust added.

 Northridge won pole vault as Josh Reinheimer cleared 13-6 and Devin Puckett 12-6 to lead the Raiders.

“That gives us two vaulters that have cleared 13-6 heading into the NLC meet,” Raider coach Josh Fletcher said. “Assistant coach Bobby Lloyd did a good job with the vaulters. This meet is unique in the fact a vaulter only gets three jumps and the coach has to decide when to take them. Coach Lloyd did well in that department.

“On the track our freshmen sprint medley relay did well. Travis Schlabach rallied to finish in second place on his anchor leg.”

The Fairfield Falcons won the 1,600 sprint medley relay, the 800 sprint medley relay, the distance medley relay, the shuttle hurdle relay, the 4 x 400 relay, the 4 x 100 relay, discus and pole vault.

“I keep telling people we are a young team, we are mostly juniors,” Fairfield coach Bob Miller said. “It’s nice to see the level of our performance come up as the level of competition rises. Our kids are ready to see what we can do in the NECC meet and the sectional.

“We graduated a great group of seniors from last year’s team so to win the Goshen Relays and the Kelly Relays again says an awful lot about these kids.

“We knew we were strong on the track and in the field events our No. 1s are solid. The No. 2s and 3s are not as high, but tonight showed they are still pretty decent.”

Falcon senior Dillon Hinen had an outstanding night anchoring the 1,600 sprint medley, the distance medley and running a leg on the 4 x 400 relay.

“Dillon is a kid that we are looking forward to seeing what he can do where the level of competition starts increasing once we get into the state tournament,” Miller said.

The Falcons set the only record Friday night as Caleb Noble, Alex Mast, AJ Mast and Hinen raced to a time of 3:38.98 in the 1,600 sprint medley under the previous mark of 3:39.99 by South Bend St. Joseph’s in 2007.

NorthWood finished first in shot put and high jump.

“We are happy with second place. It would have been nice to beat Fairfield, but we don’t have the depth in some areas to do that,” NorthWood coach Scott Mikel said. “We have three sophomores that did well in high jump and some seniors that stepped things up on the track.

“Nick Skwarcan is an example of a kid that stepped up. He was fourth or fifth in his 800 leg before finishing second.

“We are looking to surprise some people in the NLC meet on Tuesday. There are things I would have liked to see us do better tonight, but that is just being a coach.”

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