CATLIN — Not even a two-hour delay for a thunderstorm could stop the Bismarck-Henning boys or the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac girls from earning Vermilion County track titles on Friday night at the Lashmet Complex in Catlin.
Oakwood/A-P girls coach Lynn Anderson knew that was going to be challenge.
“I wonder how we were going to be mentally,’’ she said. “I told our girls that we had to keep everyone up and positive.’’
That’s exactly what the Comets did as they won all four relays en route to the team title by by 40.5 points over Salt Fork (167-126.5). It’s the third straight Vermilion County title for the Oakwood/A-P girls.
“There is a lot of pressure, but I try not to get too proud,’’ said Oakwood/A-P senior Hailey Bennett. “I feel like we are a strong team when we are able to repeat. This is a good way to end my senior season.’’
While the Comets were the favorites to win the girls title, Bismarck-Henning was able to slip past Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, who had won the last two boys titles, with just three event victories.
“We kind of came into this meet thinking about getting second,’’ Bismarck-Henning senior Chase Connelly admitted. “With about five events left, we found out that we had a 20-point lead and we just knew that we had to keep it going.’’
Connelly and freshman Blake Reifsteck got the only wins for the Blue Devils. Connelly won the 400 in a season-best time of 52.98 seconds, while Reifsteck won the 100 and 200 events.
“I knew we had prepared to compete and we were going to throw our best effort at Georgetown and Oakwood,’’ Bismarck-Henning coach Travis Winkler said. “On paper, it looked like they were the favorites. We slotted some kids in certain spots and it worked.