HICKSVILLE — Edgerton’s boys track and field quartet of Craig Blue, Hunter Burke, Jared Swan and Owen Roth capped off another impressive early-season outing with a meet record.
The Bulldogs’ standouts set a record in winning the 1,600-meter relay, and overall, the four athletes combined for nine top-three finishes at the Hicksville Invitational on Saturday at Hicksville Recreation Park.
“It’s been really exciting, especially the four of us. We’re all in multiple events competing for the top three places and I think we’ve got a lot of momentum, especially in the 4 by 400, for the rest of the season,” Burke said.
Fairview won the boys team title with 118.66 points, while Edgerton was fourth out of 10 teams with 89. Lakewood Park Christian (Indiana) edged Evergreen 97-95 for second place.
Edon finished sixth with 68, Montpelier seventh with 39 and Hilltop 10th with 19.33.
With light rain beginning to fall at the start of the 1,600 relay, Edgerton was still able to put together a record-breaking performance as the Bulldogs finished in 3:37.88.
“None of us take losing well,” said Roth, a freshman on the otherwise senior-laden relay team. “So we always try to go as fast as we can every time and try to leave it all on the track because we know that besides me, this is the last year for them so they want to go out with the best possible way they can, and I want to help them achieve that.”
The four runners also teamed up to win the 800 relay in 1:35.07.
In the 110 hurdles, Blue finished second in 16.86 as Edon’s Destin Hamrick edged him with a 16.74. Blue, though, avenged the loss by winning the 300 hurdles in 42.23. Hamrick was second with a 42.86.
“Obviously, I want to win all of them but sometimes, you can’t,” Blue said. “After I lost that one, I had to really focus back up and really concentrate on what I was doing wrong and what I needed to fix, and I did that in the 300.”
Swan picked up a win in the 800 (2:10.51) and was second in the 1,600 (5:00.46). Roth was second in the sprints (11.54 in the 100 and 23.64 in the 200) to Lakewood Park Christian’s Zach Collins.
Burke picked up a third-place finish in the 400 (53.34) and was eighth in the 200 (24.88).
Along with Blue and Swan, Fairview’s Ethan Underwood also posted three victories. He finished first in the 1,600 (4:56.32) and 3,200 (11:10.00) and teamed up with Kyle Rabe, Braylin Snyder and Treyvon Hastings to win the 3,200 relay in 9:01.48.
Underwood and Swan were neck and neck for three laps of the 1,600 before the Apaches’ junior started to pull away in the final lap.
“I thought the final stretch wasn’t bad,” Underwood said. “I just started to pick up (with) 300 left and then just started going as fast as I could, tried to keep him out of distance so he couldn’t out-kick me and I just thought I should be able to be fine as long as I have him out-kicked.”
Fairview’s Noah Volz also posted a win as he topped the field in the discus with a 128-3.50. Hastings added a second-place finish in the 400 (52.90), was fourth in the 200 (23.88) and joined Jeffrey Smith, D’Andre Hastings and Rabe to finish second in the 1,600 relay in 3:41.78.
Fairview’s 400 relay team of Russ Zeedyk, Doug Rakes Jr., Luke Timbrook and Hastings placed second in 46.91, while the 800 relay squad of Kaiden Kern, Rakes Jr., Weston Minic and Hastings finished third in 1:38.66.
Kern was third in the long jump (18-6), while Smith was third in both the 300 hurdles (46.40) and high jump (5-10). Rabe placed second in the 800 (2:12.45).
Timbrook (sixth in high jump with a 5-4) and Caden Thompson (fifth in discus with a 114-8) had top-six finishes in field events for Fairview.
For Edgerton, Mason Goebel was fourth in the pole vault (9-6) and Carter Herman sixth in the 400 (57.93).
Edon posted a second victory as Hamrick, Trey Whitney, Drew Gallehue and Gage Eicher teamed up to win the 400 relay in 46.25. Eicher was fourth in the long jump (18-5) and fifth in the 100 (12.21), while Gallehue placed third in the shot put (40-0.50).
Garrett Dowdy (2:18.67 in the 800) and Hunter Howard (5:14.59 in the 1,600) finished fifth in their respective events for Edon, while Cassius Hulbert was fourth in the discus (118-0.50) and fifth in the shot put (39-7).
Hamrick, Ashton Rice, Whitney and Dowdy finished fourth in the 1,600 relay in 3:50.71.
Montpelier’s Landon Brigle, Thomas Jay, Andre Aguirre and Brennen Friend finished fourth in the 400 relay in 48.44 and fifth in the 800 relay in 1:40.79. J.T. Fackler, James Camper, Garrett Walz and Clayton McIntosh teamed up to finish sixth in the 3,200 relay in 9:47.92.
Fackler was fifth in the 3,200 (11:40.71), while Aguirre finished third in the 110 hurdles (17.15) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (47.38). Walz placed sixth in 800 in 2:19.50.
Athen Vankham (fifth in pole vault with 9-0) and Kaden Cummins (sixth in discus with 111-2) had top-six finishes in field events for Montpelier.
For Hilltop, Wyatt Beltz was second in the long jump (19-6.75) and Ty Creamer fourth in the shot put (39-8.75).