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Boys track: KV stays close, falls to Winamac

Updated: June 18, 2013 8:29AM



RENSSELAER — Kankakee Valley track coach Dan Roberts wasn’t really upset that his Kougars lost a close sectional Thursday to Winamac, 116.5-110.

“When you’re that tight, that close, you really can’t be unhappy. “If you do come here and give them your best, that’s all you can expect,” said Roberts, who went into the meet expecting about a 20-point margin.

“Everybody on the team stepped it up,” Roberts added.

He was especially pleased about senior Mike Smith’s performance. Smith ran on two first-place relay teams, and finished first in the 200.

“Mike Smith was huge,” Roberts added, noting that he moved Smith around in the relays, and that it was his first time to run the 1,600. He said the teams bettered their times. In the 4x400, Smith’s relay mates were Jacob Stemper, Isaac Tillema and Derick Tesh. In the 4x100, Eric Philbrook, Tommy Buckmaster and Mark Lukacek.

He could also say that about Tesh, who captured firsts in the 110 and 300 hurdles and jumped to a second in the high jump. Roberts said that the GSSC meets helped his team improve,

“It was a meat grinder, we got our noses bloodied,” he said.

The Kougars held a lead for about half the sectional, but traditionally strong Winamac began to overtake KV, and when it got the lead, it kept it.

Winamac was helped by a first and third in the 400, with Tillama finishing fifth and Stemper seventh. Originally, the two Winamac runners missed the third heat, but after a discussion by the officials, the Warriors runners were allowed to run by themselves in a fourth heat. The times were figured from the heats.

The lone sectional record set was by Alec Kostenik of Morgan Township, who ran a 9:32.25, topping runnng mate Ben Savage by 20 seconds in the 3,200, to better a record from the 70s. He was also first in the 1,600.

Kostenik added that the warmer weather has kind of thrown runners off.

“Just a couple weeks ago I was running in a hat and goloves,” he said.



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