County track advances 21 qualifiers
Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Whitkoâ€™s Connor Stouder, left, and Columbia Cityâ€™s Matt Rethlake, right, run the 100-meter dash. Stouder placed third in both the 100 and 200.
WAYNEDALE â€” Though neither Whitko nor Columbia City could top Homesteadâ€™s impressive 121 points Thursday night at the boys track sectional, Whitley County athletes qualified for regionals in 21 placings.
Churubusco competed at the North Side sectional and came in sixth as a team. Whitko placed second behind the Spartans with 95.5 points. Wayne (90) took third, New Haven (80) came in fourth and Columbia City placed fifth with 59 points.
â€śIn reality, Homestead is the best team,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Ron Cherry said. â€śTheyâ€™re the ones we were chasing all night.â€ť
Whitko will have a representative in 12 of 16 events next week at regionals at the same place, Wayne High School.
â€śIâ€™m really tickled for the guys. They ran well. They jumped well,â€ť Cherry said.â€ťWe had a lot of good performances tonight in a lot of different areas.
â€śIt was nice to see our kids step up. Iâ€™m thrilled with it.â€ť
Whitkoâ€™s Alec Wilkinson and Columbia Cityâ€™s Brendon Zoltek were sectional champions in their events.
All three schools will compete at Wayne High School next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
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