Despite adverse weather conditions, and a few weather delays, Grant County performed at a high level in the 2019 IHSAA track and field sectionals on both the campuses of Indiana Wesleyan University and Kokomo High School this past Thursday and Friday.
At IWU, all four Grant County teams represented – Oak Hill, Eastbrook, Mississinewa, and Marion – finished in the top four spots, while at Kokomo, the Madison-Grant Argylls finished in ninth with a score of 29.
The Golden Eagles dominated the IWU sectional, finishing in first place with a score of 149.5. Tahj Johnson placed second in the 200 meter with a time of 22.63, while placing first in the 400 with a time of 49.26. Mason McKinney also advanced in the 400, finishing in third (51.53).
Sammy Sommers could not be touched in the hurdle events, winning both with relative ease. He won the 110 in 15.24 and the 300 in 40.56.
All of the Golden Eagles’ relay teams in the 4×100, 4×400, and 4×800 also advanced, each finishing in second place.
In the field events, Gavin Holz and Caiden Lake went 1-2 in the pole vault, Sommers and Johnson went 1-2 in the long jump, and Travis Dowling placed third in the discus (144’3”).
The Eastbrook Panthers finished second in the meet with a score of 85. In the running events, Zeke Binkerd placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.47, Nathan Brainer placed first in 800 with a time of 1.59:30, and both their 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams advanced, placing third (45.17) and first (3:30.99), respectively.
In the long jump, Alex Baker placed third with a mark of 5’8”, Issac Brown finished third in the pole vault (11’0”), and Clay Dalton won both the shot put (54’4”) and discus (150’3”).
Mississinewa finished in third place with a team score of 69, and were led by Brennan Butche, who dominated both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Butche won the 1600 with a time of 4:25.42 and the 3200 in 9:41.30. Elijah Standridge placed third in the 100 (11.55), while Heisman Skeens placed third in the 200 (23.37).
Skeens also advanced in the long jump, placing third (20’6”), while Jason Arbogast was second in the in the shot put with a distance of 48’ 7 ¾’’.
Marion finished fourth in the meet with a score of 60. Zaimar Burnett showed off his speed in the 100 (11.05) and 200 meter (22.61), while Elijah Lootens placed second (15.57) and third (42.01) in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Over in Kokomo, Madison-Grant’s Sinjin Turner advanced in the 200 with a second place finish of 22.72, while AJ Jones finished first in the shot put (51’8”) and second in the discus (154’2”).