Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Northrop's Shaton Vaughn plows up the long jump pit at the boys track regionals in Marion Thursday.
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Craig Young of Wayne, center, wins the 100 meter dash ahead of Carroll's Jordan Schmeling, left, and Justin Becker at the boys track regionals in Marion Thursday.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Carroll captures boys track regional title
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
MARION – Close competition created fast times for athletes at the Marion Regional on Thursday at Indiana Wesleyan.
Wayne's Craig Young and Carroll's Justin Becker, along with the other seven competitors in the 100-meter dash finals, stared at the scoreboard as the timers calculated the photo finish.
It was Young's 10.631 seconds ahead of Becker's 10.633.
"All the track meets I ran with him, he always beat me," Young said. "So I was just going out here with a chip on my shoulder and just going in, have fun and try to beat the kid. He's really good. I give the honors to him. He's really fast.
"It's really wonderful having a fast regional. You don't want a slow regional because then you don't know where you are. Having Becker, the three Carroll dudes, (teammates) Aarik Adams and Patrick (Cotton) for the 200, they all fast guys so just to see where you're at feels good."
Becker came back to win the 200 in 21.75 after Young let up in the final meters with a tight hamstring but still secured a trip to state with a third-place finish in 22.56.
"It was a good race (in the 100)," Becker said. "The entire way, we were neck and neck, he just got me at the line. Got overall race, ran a PR, can't complain about that.
"(The performances in regional) gives me a lot of confidence knowing I just ran one of the top times in the state and I'll get a good lane for state. It also puts in other people's heads, 'Oh, this kid is good now.'"
There were also close finishes in the 3,200 and 1,600 relays with Northrop winning both. The Bruins won in 7:55.19 in the 3,200 relay, a mere .2 seconds over Carroll and 3:24.50 over Wayne's 3:24.86 in the 1,600 relay.
Carroll won the team title 90-67 over Wayne. Northrop was third (60 1/2), Westview fourth (37) and Huntington North fifth (25 1/2)
The Chargers won the 400 relay (42.19), had first- and second-place finishes in the 200 with Becker and Jarod Brock (22.08), second-, third- and fifth-place finishes in the 100 with Becker, Jordan Schmeling (10.85) and Connor Tapp (11.03) and Cole Powers finished second in the 1,600 (4:23.01).
"The sprinters really showed up (Thursday)," Carroll coach David Brooks said. "All three qualified in the 100, went 1-2 in the 200, won the (400 relay), I just couldn't be more proud of the sprinter group. They push each other in practice; it's really rewarding to see that with all three of them moving on.
"Credit to the Wayne guys tonight. Craig running an awesome time, Justin set two school records tonight in the 100 and 200. The (3,200 relay) had another good race tonight and (Cole Powers) in the (1,600), those are going to be the ones that head off next Friday."
South Adams' Bailey McIntire led wire-to-wire in the 3,200, winning in 9:10.42.
Northrop's Shaton Vaughn won the 300 hurdles (38.95) and the 110 hurdles (14.45) and Jalen Royal won the 800 (1:57.12).
In field events, DeKalb's Isaac Brown won the high jump (6 feet, 7 inches), Churubusco's Sam Wood won pole vault (14-3), Eastside's Jacob Thompson won discus (152-10) and Norwell's Curtis Blackwell won shot put (53-11 1/2).
The state finals are June 2 at Indiana University in Bloomington.