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Boys Track Team Defies Odds, Wins 5th Meet
April 23, 2008 - When there are as many track and field events as there are participants on the Knightstown Panther boys team, depth becomes a serious problem when points are awarded for the first four positions in each event.
Despite those odds, the Panthers are surprising many teams on their schedule and have compiled a 5-2 record through the early part of the season. Knightstown unexpectedly won a three-way meet with Wes-Del and Muncie Burris last Thursday. That win came just two days after the team defeated Morristown and a partial team from Morton Memorial.
The Panthers finished with 55.5 points, narrowly beating Burris (52) and the Warriors (45.4) in an extremely close meet.
The Panthers are winning meets primarily because their coach is getting the maximum effort out of every member of the squad.
“We’ve got some kids who are working really hard and it’s starting to pay off for them,” Knightstown coach Bob Prescott said. “Beating Wes-Del and Muncie Burris was a big win for our kids and we had a lot of season-bests posted. It was a pretty good day for us.”
Junior Anthony Hibbert had an outstanding day at Muncie Thursday, exiting the track and field facility with four first place ribbons. Hibbert won the 110-meter low hurdles in a time of 16.4 seconds, nearly four seconds ahead of the second place runner. Hibbert also won the 400-meter dash in 55.7, the 200-meter dash in 24.2 and the long jump (20’2”).
As a team Knightstown turned in 16 season-best performances and won their fourth consecutive meet.
Freshman Lane Fields won the 100-meter dash (11.5 seconds), Travis VanOsdol took the shot put (45’ ½”), and junior Sam Rech claimed the high jump by clearing 5’10”. But in a meet as closely scored as this one, every point would count and the Panthers didn’t bring a lot of depth to the field.
Fields turned in three second-place finishes in the 400- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump (he finished second to Hibbert in all three events). Rech gave the Panthers a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, and third place ribbons were taken by Aaron Forshey in the 300-meter hurdles and Adam Rutledge in the 800-meter run.
Forsey finished fourth in the high jump, sophomore Micah Matlock was fourth in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, VanOsdol was fourth in the discus and Pete O’Donoughue was fourth in the 100-meter dash. That was just enough depth to give the Panthers their fifth win of the season.
The Panthers took first place in 11 of the 15 events, dominating the day against the Yellow Jackets and Tigers.
Hibbert was denied in his efforts to win four events again, but it wasn’t by a Yellow Jacket or Tiger. The multi-sport athlete won the 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash and long jump, but was edged out in the 200-meter dash by teammate Fields. The freshman claimed two blue ribbons, also winning the 100-meter dash.
VanOsdol won the shot put and discus, while Rich took the high jump and 300-meter hurdles. The Panther 4x100-meter relay team of Aaron Forshey, O’Donoughue, Rech and VanOsdol also won first place.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Forshey, Rutledge, O’Donoughue and Rech finished in second, as did the 4x800-meter relay foursome of Rutledge, Dylan Altman, Nick Dalton and Luke Meeks.
Forshey was third in the discus, Fields finished third in the long jump, Rutledge was third in the 800, and Matlock finished third in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Also scoring points with fourth place finishes were Altman in the 3200, Forshey in the high jump and Ben Angel in the shot put.
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