Viking trackboys win own 9-10 invitational


Huntington North's Layne Neal sends the shot put flying while competing in the Huntington North 9th & 10 Invitational on Saturday, May 11. Neal finished fourth in the event. Photo by Steve Clark.

Six wins, including a top three sweep in the 3,200-meter run, carried the Huntington North boys' track team to victory at its own 9th & 10 invitational on Saturday, May 11.

The Huntington North coaching staff had to be smiling about the future in the meet for freshmen and sophomores as the Vikings piled up 218 points to beat runner-up Churubusco by 40 points. Bellmont was third with 123 points, Jay County was fourth with 110 and Marion was fifth with 66.

Matt Dewitt led the biggest HNHS point grab as he won the 3,200 in 10:25.20 to lead teammates Austin Lange and Dustin Campbell, respectively, across the finish line.

Houston Lehman and Adam Woods claimed the top two spots, respectively, in the high jump, as both cleared 5-6 but Lehman won on less attempts.

Isaac Smith and Drew Fawcett went 1-3, respectively, in the 200-meter dash, with Smith, a freshman, winning in :23.80.

Frosh Aaron Ebert went :56.10 to win the 400-meter dash and Fawcett took the long jump at 19-7.75. Lehman, Fawcett, Ebert and Smith teamed up for the remaining HNHS win, taking the 1,600-meter relay in 3:46.80.

Additional runner-up spots for HNHS came from Cam Dewitt in the 800-meter run in 2:17.90, Woods in the 110-meter high hurdles in :17.80, Lehman in the 300-meter hurdles in :44.60 and the 400-meter relay team of Aremis Ebert, Smith, Grant Arbuckle and Alan Schmidt in :48.20.

Schmidt added third place points in the 100-meter dash in :11.8, Christian Jones and Cam Dewitt went 3-4, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run in 5:03.00 and 5:05.00, Arbuckle was third in the 100 hurdles in :18.10 and Wood took third in the pole vault at 10-6.