|Eastwood boys win NBC with 167 points (05-20-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Monday, 20 May 2013 08:21|
Eastwood won its 13th straight league championship, winning eight events and totaling 167 points.
Elmwood also performed well to finish as the runnerup with 110 points.
The Eagles have won the first two NBC championships after winning the final 11 Suburban Lakes League titles.
"It's pretty amazing to be part of a team that can do this year after year," said Eastwood senior Isaiah Conkle, who won the 100 and the 200 for the second straight year.
Conkle won the 100 in 11.03 to break his meet record of 11.06, and the 200 in 22.68.
He was named the meet's most valuable performer in the running events. He also ran on the Eagles' winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams that set meet records.
"It doesn't really get old because we have fun with every guy out here," Conkle said. "It's always fun. There's never a dull moment.
"We try not to think about what we're going to do at the league meet. Everything is attitude and effort. If you go out and give both, you'll come out on top. There's no doubt about it, if you give your best effort, things will turn out better."
Eastwood sophomore Devin Snowden repeated his long jump championship with a distance of 21-6 1/2. He also won the 300 hurdles in 39.11 to break his own record of 39.66.
Snowden also ran on the 400 and 1,600 relay teams. He was named the NBC's athlete of the year, and the conference's field athlete of the meet.
"It's a great feeling to know you can keep the tradition going," Snowden said. "This is the part of the season where it really gets fun. This sets you on the right path down the road."
Eastwood's 3,200 relay team of sophomore Tim Hoodlebrink, senior Randy Caris, sophomore Noah Smith and junior Gabe Fredericks won in 8:11.13, breaking its record of 8:25.86.
Eagle senior Blake Kohring won the 110 hurdles in 15.19.
The Eagles' 400 relay team of Conkle, Devin Snowden, sophomore Brennan Seifert and junior Steven Bruning won in 43.38, breaking its meet record of 43.51.
The Eagles' 1,600 relay team of Devin Snowden, junior Joey Salinas, Fredericks and senior Derek Snowden won in 3:22.95, breaking its meet record of 3:27.66.
Eastwood added three second-place finishes and five-third place efforts to its eight wins.
The Eagles' point total is even more impressive because they didn't score in the 1,600 and they only scored three points in the 3,200 where they were sixth.
There are 17 events. In the 13 non-relay events, teams enter two athletes and the top eight finishers score.
Eastwood had two scorers in nine of those 13 events.
Eagle coach Brian Sabo is in his second season after starting in the program as an assistant under former head coach Gary White in 1998.
"The word I'm thinking of is pride, just pride in the guys, the coaches," Sabo said. "This was a culmination of everything we've worked on all year and it's just the beginning for us as a team.
"We talked about effort, attitude and team spirit, and it just showed all week in practice," Sabo added. "We had dozens and dozens of (personal bests) today. We feel like now we're on track for where we thought we'd be throughout the season. We think there's still more to come, at least that's our hope."
Conkle and Devin Snowden lead the way, but the Eagles have plenty of talent and depth.
"The difference now is we have quite a few of those guys (like Conkle and Devin Snowden) and that helps so much," Sabo said. "Neither guy cares one bit whether they get any accolades. This is the greatest team spirit we've had in terms of where we want to go as a team. There are so many other guys who fill in and the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. They've all come together.''
Elmwood secured second place by scoring in 16 of the 17 events. The Royals won only one event, but had five second-place finishes, two third-place efforts and six fourth-place finishes.
Elmwood's 800 relay team of sophomore Austin Jasso, junior Aaron Arnold, and seniors Michael Baer and Derick Mobus won in 1:33.47.
"I'm very, very happy with the way we performed," Elmwood coach Eric Poffenbaugh said. "In every single event, the guys keep peaking and doing what they're supposed to be doing."
Otsego won two events - junior Cole Gorski in the pole vault where he cleared 14-0 to break the record of 13-6, and sophomore Brandon Avers in the 1,600 (4:35.00).
Rossford senior Ryan Clay won the 800 in 1:57.87, breaking his own record of 1:59.83.
Lake's Tyler Rickman won the 3,200 in 10:08.68, breaking the record of 10:18.01.
|Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 12:58|
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