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April 30, 2014

Vikings cruise at home

Gash wins four events, including 110 and 300 hurdles

DANVILLE — Four years ago, Danville senior Dakota Gash had no intentions of running either the 110-meter or the 300 hurdle races.

But, he wanted to have a role with the boys track program and the Vikings needed a second hurdler for the 2012 season.

"I did it a little bit in middle school, and I knew that I wanted to do something to get myself involved with the team,'' said Gash, who won both hurdle events during Tuesday's triangular meet with Charleston and Rantoul.

The senior was also a member of Danville's winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams as the Vikings cruised to 74-point victory (109-35) over Charleston with Rantoul finishing third with 12 points.

Gash was the only competitor to be a part of four event victories on Tuesday at the Wayland-Young Athletic Complex.

"Today was a good work day,'' said Gash. "Some of us didn't run quite as well as we should have today, myself included, I didn't have a very good race in the 110s.''

The winning time for Gash was 15.62 seconds, which almost a half-second slower than his season best time of 15.10 seconds on April 8 at Urbana.

"I ran alright in both races,'' Gash said. "I was running against (Danville's) Lonnie (Buggs) and he pushes me really well. I can't complain with the wins, but I would have liked to run a little quicker timers.''

As for a reason why the Vikings didn't run their best times on Tuesday, Gash had the answer.

"I think we had too many people focused on socializing instead of getting ready for their events,'' he said. "It was a good to have this home meet before Saturday's big meet.''

Danville coach Steve Luke echoed the comments of Gash, pointing out that the Second Annual Toyota John Eakle Invitational on Saturday will be a big test for the Vikings.

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