Boys track: Vikings win fifth straight DAC indoor title
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent March 19, 2013 11:24PM
Portage's Taylor Sebben hands the baton over to teammate Alex Sanchez during the 4X100 relay at the DAC indoor track meet at Portage high school Tuesday Mar. 19, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:53AM
PORTAGE — Winning the DAC indoor championship has almost become a rite of passage for Valparaiso.
This year’s senior class had no plans of relinquishing the title, either.
The Vikings finished fourth in the night’s final sale — the 4x400 meter relay — holding on to the win the meet and win their fifth straight championship with 115 points on Tuesday night. Crown Point was second with 108 points, Merrillville was third (91 points), Portage was fourth (78.5) and Chesterton was fifth (77.5).
Senior Andrew Kittridge did his part to lead the way for the Vikings, winning the 55-meter hurdles in meet record time (7.50) and finishing second in the long jump (21-3).
“It’s part of the tradition,” he said. “This is really big.”
Senior Peyton Reed also did his part, winning the 3,200 run (9:57.18) and finishing second in the 1600 (4:28.05).
Valparaiso coach Brett Polizotto said he was pleased with the way Reed, high jumper Drew Paul and pole vaulter Muyenda Burnett performed on Tuesday.
“Peyton had a nice double for sure,” Polizotto said. “He ran two on Saturday. Running two races takes a lot out of you. Our high jumper was doing it for just his second time ever so that’s exciting and our second pole vaulter had a good night. He was bummed about his previous outings so that was good for us.”
Crown Point’s 4x800 meter relay team (Zack Seamon, Alex Ray, Dan Walters and Travis Kucic) won first place, while the 4x160 relay team and 4x400 relay team earned second-place honors.
Individually, Seamon won the 800 (2:02.47), Zack Sneiderwine won the 200 (23.39) and Kelly Jordan won the pole vault (14-0). Wess Honaker also contributed a third-place finish in the 55 (6.72) and 200 (23.77).
Merrillville’s Austin Jamerson won the high jump (6-5) and long jump (21-101/2) and finished second to Kittridge in the 55 hurdles (7.51).
Meanwhile, Portage’s Lorenzo Wells (26.23) and Taylor Sebben (26.24) finished 1-2 in the 200-meter hurdles and Chesterton’s Joe Troop won the 400 (51.48).