by Beau Wicker
School records fell, county champions were named and the Star of Stars were crowned.
Logansport’s boys team continued its reign as the champions of the Cass County track meet, while the Lewis Cass girls squad won its fifth straight county title.
Pioneer senior Matt Dorris repeated as the Fred Kinder Star of Stars on the boys side. He won the long jump (19-2 1/4), placed second in the 400-meter dash (50.16), third in the 200 (23.88) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team.
“It’s an honor,” Dorris said. “There’s a lot of talent here.”
Dorris’ specialty is the 400, but he was defeated by Logansport junior Alex Calisto in a thrilling race.
“It was tough, actually. It’s the first year I didn’t win the 400,” Dorris said. “Calisto, he’s pretty good. I ran my PR actually today, so I did pretty good.”
Calisto broke the LHS school record in the event with a time of 50.04 seconds. Bill Hiatt had set the old record of 50.30 in 1983.
Logansport edged Pioneer in the team standings, 86-78. Cass was third (60 points) and Caston was fourth (20).
“I thought this was the year that maybe we could get them, but we’re still not yet quite there,” Pioneer coach Bob Brock said.
Logan coach Randy Kuhn was pleased with his squad’s performance.
“Our numbers are down and our talent is down a little, too, but we’ve got some kids who work hard and they pulled through today,” he said. “This is one of those meets where it’s a no-win situation for us. We’re the big school. We’re supposed to win. If you do well, you’re the big school. If you don’t, then what’s wrong with you. The kids did well.”
Calisto and Dorris may or may not meet again in the 400 in the IHSAA Tournament.
“I don’t know,” Kuhn said. “That’s not [Calisto’s] normal race. We ran him the last two meets trying to break the 400 record. Rather we run him from here on out, that’s his decision. The 800 is his specialty. That 400 took a lot out of him. He had nothing left in the 800. He did OK in the 4x4 but he didn’t have any gas in his tank. So we’re just going to have to weigh our options and see where he’s going to do the best for himself in the conference and sectionals.”
Logansport’s Tyler Spencer swept wins in the 100 dash (11.49) and 200 dash (23.47). Dustin Shafer swept the 110 hurdles (16.12) and 300 hurdles (44.57).
Calisto, Ezequiel Alvarez, Luis Gonzales and Logan Sharp combined to win the 4x800 relay (8:48.5) for the Berries. Tyler Smith, Isaac Eastburn, Zach Ellington and Spencer won the 4x100 relay (44.52).
Pioneer’s Dylan Bice won the 1600 (4:39), and Josh Lytle won the shot put (46-1 1/2). Tyler Hanna, Bice, J.P. Smith and Dorris won the 4x400 relay (3:34.49).
Cass’ Garrett Riley won the pole vault (11-0), Cody Campbell won the discus (136-8) and Drew Shepherd won the high jump (6-2).
Caston’s Seth Cousins won the 3200 (10:31.9), and Zach Smith won the 800 (2:05). Zach Smith set a new school record in winning the event.
Logansport junior Ashley Spear was the Star of Stars on the girls side. She won the 100 dash (13.09) and 200 dash (28.19) and was second in both the 400 dash (1:05.66) and long jump (15-8 1/4).
“The 400 was a new one for me, and it was real hard to finish it,” Spear said. “I just really wanted to place good and try my hardest.
“The long jump I PR’d for this year but got beat by a quarter of an inch. The 200 I was just wanting to finish after the 400.”
Spear was able to unseat Cass senior Mariah Swartz, who had won the award the previous three years.
“Heartbreaking for her,” Cass coach Grace Scott said. “She’s having some health issues right now and some struggles. She just wasn’t feeling her oats today. I don’t want her to get too discouraged. We’ve got MIC and sectionals coming up, and hopefully there’s better things in the future.
“She’s got issues with asthma and the wind was really bothering her quite a bit today.
“I don’t want to take anything away from [Spear]. She had a great day today. Having four individual events, that’s a lot to handle.”
Cass edged Logansport 102-92 in the team standings. Pioneer was third (40) and Caston was fourth (10).
“It was a great day for the girls,” Scott said. “I love having a tight race with coach Kuhn’s Berries. They did a great job as well.
“So many kids did a great job. Emma Bengtsson did a great job with three firsts and a second. Maddie Eurit had a great day. Just across the board we had girls step up and score points for us and that helped a lot.”
Kuhn was pleased with how his squad competed against the favored Kings.
“I’m very pleased that gap between us from this year to last decreased quite a bit. Our girls did an excellent job,” he said. “We don’t have many of them, and we worked several of them extra hard today. It paid off for Ash. She wins the Fred Kinder Star of Stars, and that’s what we were trying to do for this meet because she doesn’t normally run the quarter.”
Cass’ Bengtsson won long jump (15-8 1/2) and pole vault (8-6). Brooke Langley won the 100 hurdles (17.78), Claire Crum won the 400 (1:05.91), Gabi Carney won the 3200 (13:00.25) and Haley Johnson won the 800 (2:29.6).
Emily Robertson, Johnson, Crum and Yeakley won the 4x800 (10:05.47), Breanna Diedrick, Eurit, Bengtsson and Swartz won the 4x100 (53.16) and Langley, Kelsey Smith, Crum and Eurit won the 4x400 (4:20.81).
Logansport’s Amber Hart won the 300 hurdles (49.87), Haley Lopez won the discus (91-10), Jen Crafford won the 1600 (5:39.5), Alaina Page won the shot put (32-3 1/2) and Kiley Victor won the high jump (5-0).