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May 13, 2014

Comets repeat championship performance

OAP sweeps all four relays to win Vermilion Valley Conference honor

CATLIN — Winning the Vermilion County championship does not always correlate to winning the Vermilion Valley Conference title.

Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac girls track coach Lynn Anderson knows that very well. The veteran leader of the Comets reminded her team of that before Monday’s meet at Catlin High School.

“We had a little talk before we got off the bus,’’ Anderson said. “I told them that I have seen many a County champion, in both basketball and volleyball, turn around and lose. I told them, don’t let this be a fluke that you won the County. You have to come out and do it again.’’

And trying to repeat a championship performance for a second time in 72 hours, is not easy for anyone.

“It’s actually harder to try and repeat something,’’ said Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac’s Summer Kitchens, who second in the high jump as well as running legs on both the Comets winning 400 and 800-meter relay teams. “It’s always harder to do something like twice in a row, especially when there are so many variables.’’

One of the big variables, according to their coach on Friday night, was the fact that prom was on Saturday night.

“They responded just fine,’’ said Anderson, whose team won the title by 34 points (161-127) over Salt Fork, but after 10 events the Storm had a 15-point lead (90-75) over the Comets.

“We didn’t plan on that and I looked at the rest of our events and knew that we were pretty solid,’’ Anderson added. “But, it was still an eye opener, as most of our girls came out and asked if that score was for real. We knew they were after us.’’

Oakwood/A-P won four of the final eight events and the Comets double scored in five of the final six individual events.

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