The Carroll boys can't be satisfied despite winning their seventh straight sectional championship 143-104 over runner-up Northrop at the North Side Sectional on Thursday.
That was the message coming in and that will be the message going forward, according to Carroll coach David Brooks.
"What I told them coming into (Thursday) was that we weren't going to be complacent," Brooks said. "Nobody's going to hand it to us; we're going to control what we can control and have good mental and physical performances. Across the board it was pretty good. We met or exceeded pretty well."
Carroll's Justin Becker won the 100 meters (10.88), 200 (22.05) and was the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay (42.68), and Chargers' Connor West won the 400 (49.74).
"It feels good," Becker said of the team title. "It's good confidence going into regionals. It's a great team win, overall. I felt good. I feel like there's a lot of room for improvement but going into regionals; I should be good."
The 400 relay team is trying to defend its state title, a relay team that graduated two of the four runners with Becker and Cam Shank returning.
"It's a long process and it takes a lot of time and practice," Becker said. "The group of guys on the 400 relay are really good. We have like six guys that could go in there and we're just hoping to take it one step at a time and just reach state.
"The biggest hurdle is not to focus on the state championship. That was a special team. This is this year; we're trying not to focus on that. We're just taking it one step at a time."
Northrop's Shaton Vaughn won the 110 hurdles (14.23), 300 hurdles (38.12), long jump (21 feet) and was a leg on the winning 1,600 relay (3:18.50, a new sectional record); Jalen Royal won the 800 (1:54.39) and the Bruins won the 3,200 relay (7:51.26).
Despite Vaughn's success, there's still a lot of little things to clean up en route to the defense of his 300 hurdles state title. He was also the runner-up in the 110 hurdles last year.
"It's different right now," he said. "In practice, it seems like everything's on in the 300 hurdles. Then coming out here, it's different because I'm running faster. I know it's either run hard or go home. My steps aren't on right now but once I figure it out, things will be easier; I'll be able to beat my PR from last year. For the 110 hurdles, (the biggest thing is) not clipping the hurdles."
Snider's Jesse Hamlin won the 1,600 (4:20.05) and 3,200 (9:25.03).
Churubusco's Brayden Simmons won the discus (170-0) and shot put (51-11.50), teammate Sam Wood won pole vault (14-8) and South Side's Jeffery Langston won the high jump (6-1).
NEW HAVEN: Homestead won the team title boosted by wins by Ryan Ruppert in the 3,200 (9:37.84), the 1,600 relay (3:25.52), Cooper Crist in high jump (6-1), Tyler Sierks in pole vault (13 feet) and Aaron Niedzwiecki in discus (155-0).
The Spartans defeated runner-up Huntington North 156-96. Wayne was third with 93 points.
Wayne's Craig Young won the 100 (10.70), 200 (22.43) and was a member of the winning 400 relay (43.97).
ANGOLA: Westview won the team title 112-111 over runner-up Angola. East Noble was third with 97.
Eastside's Montravion Staley won the 100 (11.19) and 200 (22.65). DeKalb's Isaac Brown won the 110 hurdles (15.12), 300 hurdles (42.71) and high jump (6-8).
MARION: Norwell's Dylan Felger broke the sectional record in the 300 hurdles with 38.83. Felger also got second in the 110 hurdles (15.26). The Knights also won the 1,600 relay (3:28.96).
Eastbrook won the team title 131.5-125 over Oak Hill.