Boys track: Crown Point tops DAC rival Merrillville for sectional title
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2013 11:12PM
Crown Point senior Jordan Kelly clears the 14'6" bar during the Pole Vault event during the boys track sectional at Crown Point High School Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Crown Point, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:29AM
CROWN POINT — Tom Cierniak knew he had the opportunity to boost Crown Point’s shot at a sectional title with a win in the 3,200-meter run.
That served as incentive as Cierniak nipped Lowell’s Kyle Eller in the thrilling race. Cierniak finished first with a time of 9 minutes, 32.18 seconds. Eller was second with a time of 9:32.19.
“I was just looking to run fast. I know Eller is a great competitor. Knowing that we had a chance to win this as a team was just more motivation to push harder and keep doing our best,” Cierniak said.
Cierniak also won the 1,600, helping the Bulldogs to a first-place finish at the Crown Point Sectional.
“We knew our sectional was going to be a tough challenge and we were going to have to score in every area that we possibly could,” Crown Point coach Keith Iddings said. “The kids came out today we had guys diving across the finish line, we had guys doing everything they possibly could to score any point they possibly could. It’s exciting as a coach to get to watch them put it all out there.”
Wesley Honaker was the runner who dived at the end of the 100. He finished second to Hobart’s Joseph Curtis. Honaker later won the 200 in 22.43.
Honaker ran a leg on the Bulldogs’ winning 400 relay, along with Tristan Peterson, Garret Shoemaker and Zach Sneiderwine. Crown Point’s 3,200 relay team of Alex Ray, Tyler Gray, Travis Kucic and Luke Voss won in 8:11.19.
Crown Point’s Mitchell Kessler placed first in the shot put.
The Bulldogs had 155 points. Merrillville finished second with 119.50 points.
Merrillville’s Austin Jamerson won the 110 hurdles (14.62), the high jump (6-4) and the long jump (22-11). All on a sore heel.
“My (left) heel has been bothering me a little so I had to temper my expectations a little. I had some good jumps in there (for the long jump),” Jamerson said. “The hurdles went well. I was able to improve on my season best. And I had some pretty good competition. I had people there to push me.
“My heel really limited me (for the high jump). Hopefully I can get a little healthier for regionals.”
Hobart had two winners with Curtis and Nicholas Stack (sectional record 15-6 in the pole vault).
Other winners included Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson in the discus (184-06) and Lowell’s Brendon Shanks in the 300 hurdles (39.03).
Darius Mahome of Wallace won the 400 (50.40). Merrillville’s Don Taylor captured the 800 (1:57) while Andrean won the 1,600 relay with the team of Jordan Smith, Nick Janiga, Shamir Johnson and Zack Phillips.