The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 11, 2013

Patriots win both titles at WRC meet

BY GREG FLINT
Commercial-News

MONTEZUMA, Ind. —  Seeger swept the Wabash River Conference track meet held at Riverton Parke. The Patriots edged North Vermillion on the girls’ side while their boys held off Rockville for the title.

Miles Stuckey, head coach of the Patriots, said his girls’ team had an edge based on seedings, but that it was very close for the boys.

“We thought we could win both, but we still had to do it,” he said. “It’s the third [WRC] title in a row for the girls, but it’s the first time in about ten years for the boys.”

He said his confidence in the outcome of the boys’ meet changed as it progressed.

“Rockville had the early lead, but then we started pinching points. The turning point was the 300 hurdles that Casey [Craft] won and Spencer [Hitchcock] took third out of the slow heat. After that, I though we could win it.”

Seeger may have won the team totals but there were several noteworthy individual performances.

Wade Harrison of North Vermillion broke a 32-year-old record in the long jump by three quarters of an inch with a jump of 21-08 that also broke his school record by almost half a foot.

Sara Dickey of Riverton Parke won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well as the girls’ discus and shot.

Morgan Grubb of Fountain Central set a school record by two seconds in the 1,600. Asked if she had that as a goal, she said it surprised her.

“No, I didn’t expect it. I don’t know where it came from,” she said. “I just went out and ran my race and got [the record].”

The weather started out in the mid-70’s but dropped to the mid-50’s by the end of the meet as a cold wind started blowing when the sun went down.

It made the races tough according to three-event winner Damon Hegg of Covington, who took the 200, 400 and anchored the Trojan’s 1,600 relay team.

He and relay teammate James Foley said the weather was a factor.

“It was a cold, stiff wind as you came around the corner,” said Hegg. “I got the ‘hat trick’ but it was tough out there.”

Foley said what made the wind hard to deal with was the fact it came and went.

“It would suddenly pop up hit you,” said Foley. “You just had to keep going. I thought it was tough in the 3,200 when we got to one end.”

Miranda Tuggle of Covington won the long jump, but hurt her knee in victory. She got it taped up and ran in the 400, winning it, but then collapsing on the sideline.

She said she was hurting, but said it was worth it to get the second win.

Attica got a win in the boys’ high jump as Kenny Little cleared 6-2 to win the event.

Paige McConchie of North Vermillion won the 100 and 200 races and helped her team win the 400 relay.

She said she was looking forward to the upcoming sectional and regional meets that are scheduled for the next two Tuesdays.

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com