Track: Hobart, Munster continue NCC title streaks
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent May 7, 2013 11:30PM
Munster's Syndey Gunty clears 9ft during the Northwest Crossroads Conference boys and girls track meet held at Hobart High School on Tuesday May 7, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:43AM
HOBART — Two winning streaks were continued at Tuesday night’s NCC meet.
Munster’s girls team ran its streak to 14 consecutive championships, dating back to the days of the Lake Athletic Conference, withstanding a furious push from a determined Kankakee Valley squad.
At the end of the night, the Mustangs’ 147 points edged out the 144 points amassed by the Kougars.
“In every event, we scored one or two people. It’s hard to pinpoint the performances of just one or two girls because we had tons of personal records,” Munster coach Rick Sluder said. “Our field events came through pretty strong for us, and we knew that was a strong point.”
Kankakee Valley held a slim lead over Munster until the final event of the night — high jump — was included in the score.
“Our girls were just stellar tonight,” said KV coach Lane Lewallen. “We have the utmost respect for Munster’s program and we’ve been chasing them for years.”
Kougars junior Leanna Mulloy could hardly stand at the end of her day, which included first-place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 400-meter relay.
“It’s important to do your best here; these are the people you’re going to see for the rest of the season,” said Mulloy.
Hobart’s boys team ran its streak of conference championships to four on its home turf with a team score of 172, topping second-place Munster (132) and third-place Lowell (106).
“We had a lot of guys who were told they had to do a job tonight, and they did just that,” Hobart coach Ty Artherhults said. “And I can’t say enough about our field events tonight.”
Matt Stewart led the Brickies in the field events by capturing both the high jump and the long jump. Nick Stack won the pole vault, while Ernie Ray added a first-place finish in the discus. Gerald Valenzuela finished second to Ray in the discus but was the first-place thrower in the shot put.
Hobart’s sprinters also racked up points at the meet, led by a performance from senior Joey Curtis that Artherhults called, “unbelievable.”
Curtis took first place in the 100 and 200-meter dash and finished second in the 400-meter dash.
“I just thought I’d take it a little bit easier in the preliminaries and run my hardest in the finals,” Curtis said. “My times were a little rough toward the beginning of the year, but as I started tapering my times really started to improve.”
A pair of distance records fell in the meet, as Lowell’s Kyle Eller established new standards in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events. Eller credited teammate Bryan Blaylock, who finished second in the 3,200, with pushing him towards that finish.
“It was great to have a teammate be there with me,” Eller said of Blaylock. “It’s great to have a situation where we can both push each other.”