The Van-Far boys track and field program won its second straight Class 1, District 1 Championship this past Saturday in Hillsboro after crushing Viburnum 172-127 for first place.
Van-Far qualified athletes in 16 of the meet’s 18 events to the State Sectionals to be held on Saturday, May 14 at Montgomery County.
“I was very pleased with the effort our boys displayed on Saturday,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “This was by far the hottest meet of the year but that did not stop us from competing hard the whole day…I am proud of the hard work these boys have put in this season. We are happy to win another district championship but at the beginning of the season we set our goals much higher than that. Districts was just one step as we are hoping to make a run at something bigger.”
Van-Far won several district titles on the day.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Nick Barnes, Parker Wallace, and Sharrod Connor won the district title with a time of 47.59 seconds.
Van-Far’s 4×200-meter relay team of the same four runners also won the district title in that event with a time of 1:37.35.
Lathyn McMorris left Hillsboro with a district title in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:48.04.
Michael Colson tossed his discus 119’03” to beat second place throwers by 8’ to win the district championship.
The following is the remaining list of Van-Far athletes who earned top four finishes to qualify for the State Sectional meet.
Barnes took third in pole vault after clearing 9’6” in just his second time ever competing in the event.
The 4×400-meter relay team Wyatt McDowell, Alex Flowers, Verlyn Johnson, and Barnes were second with a time of 3:43.72.
Van-Far’s 4×800-meter relay team of Sam Hazel, Tyler Robinson, McMorris, and McDowell also qualified after taking fourth.
McMorris advanced in the 800 meters and 3,200 meters.
Kyle Ebers picked up points to qualify in the discus.
Connor advanced in the 100 and 200 meters.
Jacob Garner qualified in the pole vault and the 100 meters.
Hodde qualified in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, long jump, and triple jump events.
Tyler Robinson also qualified in the 3,200 meters.
The Van-Far Lady Indians competed hard and left Hillsboro with a third place finish with 75 team points.
“The girls track team’s goal for districts this year was to finish second or higher,” said Van-Far head girls coach Garry Pirch. “We ended up third place needing 10 more points to finish second. We had some outstanding performances with several girls getting personal records in their events.”
Jordan Garner was the team’s lone district champion as she won the pole vault after clearing 7’6”. She also qualified in the discus event.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Jordan Garner, Abbey Robinson, Madison Orr, and Alexis DeTienne advanced after finishing third.
Abbey Robinson also qualified for Sectionals in the 100 meters and long jump.
Jayle Jennings advanced to sectionals by placing in the top four in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Juliana Martinez, Taryn Adam, DeTienne, and Orr placed fourth to advance to sectionals.
In the EMO Conference Championships earlier in the week, the Indians were just nine points shy of winning a title finishing with 147 team points. Bowling Green won the championship with 158 team points.
McMorris won the conference title in both the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:47.28 and the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:42.53. Tyler Robinson was third in the 3,200 meters and Sam Hazel was fourth in the 1,600 meters.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Wallace, Barnes, and Connor won the conference title with a time of 46.34 seconds.
Van-Far’s 4×200-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Verlyn Johnson, Barnes, and Connor won with a time of 1:35.34.
A 4×400-meter relay team of Flowers, Johnson, McDowell, and Barnes placed second.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Sam Hazel, Tyler Robinson, McMorris, and McDowell was second.
Jacob Garner was also sixth in the pole vault.
McDowell placed third and Hodde was fifth in the long jump. Hodde then finished fifth in the triple jump.
Colson was seventh in the discus.
Connor was second and Jacob Garner placed third in the 100 meters.
Connor was also fourth in the 200 meters while Wallace placed fifth.
Wallace finished second in the 400 meters while Barnes took fifth in the same event.
McMorris took fourth and McDowell was seventh in the 800 meters.
Hodde placed fourth in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Trevor Crider was sixth in the 300.
The Lady Indians finished seventh with 48.33 points.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Abbegail Robinson, Jordan Garner, Orr, and DeTienne placed second.
Van-Far’s 4×200-meter relay team of DeTienne, Orr, Martinez, and Adam took sixth.
The Lady Indians’ 4×800-meter relay team of Madeleine Dunn, Kenede Farrell, Martinez, and Adam took sixth.
Jordan Garner was also third in the pole vault, fourth in the 100 meters, and fifth in the discus.
Abbegail Robinson placed fourth in the 200 meters.
Taryn Adam was fifth in the 400 meters.
Jayle Jennings placed fifth in the 3,200 meters.