Boys track: Jonvae Johnson leads West Side to sectional title
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent May 16, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:29AM
HIGHLAND — West Side rode the legs of Lake Central junior transfer Jonvae Johnson to win the Highland Sectional, beating last year’s champion, Munster.
Johnson had four first-place finishes, including state qualifying times in the 100 (10.97) and 200 meter (22.13).
Johnson, along with Lonnie Johnson, Darnell Jones and Carlton Sims broke a sectional record in the 4x100 meter relay that was set in 1988 by Bishop Noll; the Cougars’ time of 42.29 broke the previous record of 42.70 and Johnson turned a close race in the 4x400 meter relay into a runaway as he pulled away in the third leg.
“This is my first year at West Side. I transferred from Lake Central,” Johnson said. “I’ve had some knee problems so this is my first sectional. I had a West Side alum tell me to just be legendary, so that is what I tried to do tonight.”
The 4x800-meter relay team of Charles Blackhawk, Khari Daniel, Deronte Buggs and Dijon Smith got the Cougars off to a fast start with a winning time of 8:17.36. Buggs also took top honors in the 800 with a winning time of 2:02.39.
“Tonight was really a credit to my assistants. They are beyond belief,” West Side coach Eugene Johnson said. “We’ve been really blessed; they’ve been working really hard and tonight was really all about bragging rights.”
Bowman’s Marsalis Gibson had first place finishes in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Tommy Bolanowski of Munster took top honors in the 1,600 (4:24.66) and 3,200 (9:52.46).
In the field events, Munster senior Miles Gunty took top honors with a winning pole vault of 14-1. Gavit senior Mike Pajdzik had a winning throw of 151-2 to win the discus. East Chicago senior Kenneth Lloyd broke a 14-year-old record set by Calumet’s Bob Schoon with a jump of 6-10 to win the high jump.
Highland’s Ian Hardy qualified for regional with a winning shot put throw of 48-7 and West Side’s Lonnie Johnson took the long jump with a jump of 20-9.75.