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Huron boys nab first Artie Miller Invite in seven years

Dan Angelo • Apr 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Huron boys track coach Bill Scott was happy his team prevailed to take its first Artie Miller Memorial Track and Field championship in seven years Saturday at Huron Memorial Stadium.

Still it was a bittersweet crown.

The Tigers battled back from senior Jake Hillman getting injured (leg) in the 200 dash with second-place points from freshman Kevin Tomczyk in the 3200 and the team of Ryan Biddlecombe, Danny Nagy, Mitch Hagstrom and Nathan Schaeffer in the 4x400 relay to pull away from defending champion Edison by a 117-104 margin.

"The rest of the kids dug down," Scott said. "We haven't won this in a while and got some really good senior leadership. They really wanted to win this one."

Particularly since Scott plans to retire at the end of the season.

"It's his last year, so we go out in every meet and try to give it our all because it's going to be the last time for him," Hillman said.

"Winning our home invite is big for him and for our alumni."

Hillman pulled up with a leg injury in the 200 dash final, which was won by Seth Battle of Edison in the meet and stadium record time of 22.22 seconds.

"I knew the meet record was 22.5 and I was going for it, but I didn't think I would achieve it with this wind," Battle said. "The wind on that backstretch felt like you were running into a brick wall. It was rough. I felt wonderful in that 200. I felt I finished strong and like it was great race overall.

"But I was very disappointed Jake got hurt. I'm very good friends with him and I was looking forward to running with him, I just hope he gets better soon."

Hillman had already teamed with Treyvon Matthews, Biddlecombe and Sean Fantozz to win the 4x200 relay in 1:32.52 and with Matthews, Fantozz and Hagstrom to win the 4x100 relay in 44.58.

Battle captured invite MVP honors, winning the 400 dash in 50.9 seconds and teaming with Lucas Pierce, Jonathan Suhanic and Logan Parkinson to take the 4400 relay in 3 minutes, 34.73 seconds. He also teamed with Suhanic, Yost and Brennan Otto for a second in the 4200 relay (1:35.01).

The 200 also was the race that helped the Chargers claw their way back into title contention as Mike Yost finished second in 23.31 seconds. The 1-2 finish game Edison 18 points, while front-running Huron was blanked when Hillman went out.

"This is the first meet Mike Yost has run for us this year, and he's a huge part of the team," Edison coach Tim Campana said. "We're still missing Kyle Matula and we're still missing Luke Frankboner, so we've got two guys still hurt, but this is the closest we've been to having our complete team compete this year."

Matthews had a first in the 110 hurdles in 14.86 seconds, while Ryan McNulty won the shot with a throw of 49 feet, 10 inches. Hagstrom had seconds in the 100 dash (11.51) and 300 hurdles (44.54), Biddlecombe was runner-up in the 400 (51.89), Schaeffer was second in the 800 (2:06.85), Tomczyk ran a 10:42.81 in the 3200 and the Tigers finished second in the 4x400 in 3:38.16.

"This is my last year and it's always nice to win in your last year," Scott said. "Our kids have done a really great job. I'd like to think they are doing it for me, but they are doing it for themselves, which is great."

Pierce, Austin Schabel, Dallas Risner and Stephen Shephard teamed to win the 4x800 relay in 8:38.27 for the Chargers, with Shephard adding a first in the 1600 in 4:45.31.

Margaretta collected four firsts and finished third overall with 86 points. Norwalk was fourth with 78, two better than Bellevue, followed by Willard (54), St. Mary Central Catholic (11) and Monroeville (1).

RESULTS

Shot put -- 1. McNulty (H) 49-10; 2. Kishman (Ma) 44-5; 3. Eastman (N) 42-0; 4. Sampson (H) 41-7.5; 5. Ball (B) 41-3.25; 6. Gardner (W) 41-2.5

Discus -- 1. Eastman (N) 134-5; 2. Ball (B) 131-7; 3. Gardner (W) 131-1; 4. Brownell (H) 127-7; 5. Rankin (Ma) 125-4; 6. Kishman (Ma) 117-4

High jump -- 1. Moore (Ma) 6-2; 2. Phillips (W) 6-0; 3. Suhanic (E) 5-10; 4. Springer (H) 5-8; 6. Lieber (N) 5-8

Long jump -- 1. Jones (Ma) 19-8; 2. Herman (B) 19-4.25; 3. Moore (Ma) 18-10; 4. Jaycox (E) 18-6.25; 6. Matthews (H) 18-4

Pole vault -- 1. Rowland (B) 14-0; 2. Beekman (Ma0 13-0; 3. Majoy (H) 11-6; 4. Brake (B) 10-6; 5. Corwin (H) 10-6; 6. Robinson (W) 10-6

4x800 relay -- 1. Edison (Pierce, Schabel, Risner, Shephard) 8:38.22; 2. Norwalk (Sindlinger, Lee, Hokes, Sparks) 8:42.84; 3. Willard (Hillis, Craven, Phillips, Sickel) 8:46.47; 4. Huron (Schaeffer, VanCauwenbergh, Nagy, Zeck) 8:52.25; 6. St. Mary CC (Torres, \Costello, Rodriguez, Dudenhoefer) 9:15.73

100 dash -- 1. Yontz (M) 11.51; 2. Hagstrom (H) 11.51; 3. Bradberry (N) 11.62; 4. Coles (E) 11.73; 5. Freeh (Ma) 11.83; 6. Wagoner (B) 11.95

110 hurdles -- 1. Matthews (H) 14.86; 2. Agee (B) 15.01; 3 Rowland (B) 16.6; 4. Kaczor (N) 16.77; 5. O'Flaherty (E) 16.79; 6. Beechler (Ma) 16.89

4x200 relay -- 1. Huron (Matthews, Biddlecombe, \Fantozz, \Hillman) 1:32.52; 2. Edison (Battle, Suhanic, Otto, Yost) 1:35.01; 3. Norwalk (Perkins, Peacock, Ishee, Frost) 1:36.25; 4. Bellevue (Santoro, Fultz, Smith, Herman) 1:36.98; 5. Margaretta (Yontz, Orshoski, Freeh, Brownell) 1:37.75; 6. Willard (Sickel, Potts, Regalado, Haler) 1:39.5

400 dash -- 1. Battle (E) 50-9; 2. Biddlecombe (H) 51.89; 3. Craven (W) 54.24; 4. Hemenway (N) 55.37; 5. Suhanic (E) 55.46; 6. Eisenhauer (Ma) 56.24

1600 -- 1. Shephard (E) 4:45.31; 2. Hillis (W) 4:48.41; 3. Durnwald (SM) 4:48.46; 4. Farmbrough (B) 4;48.96; 5. Koehn (N) 4:50.81; 6. Alexander (H) 4:53.08

4x100 relay -- 1. Huron (Matthews, Fantozz, Hagstrom, Hillman) 44.58; 2. Margaretta (Yontz, Moore, Freeh, Jones) 45.76; 3. Edison (Parkinsopn, Parkinson, Jaycox, Coles) 46.10; 4. Norwalk (Perkins, McGuckin, Ishee, Frost) 46.18; 5. Bellevue (Wagoner, Agee, Santoro, Fultz) 46.52; 6. Willard (Bruner, Lewis, Salazar, Leitz) 48.17

300 hurdles -- 1. Jones (Ma) 43.39; 2. Hagstrom (H) 44.54; 3. Bruner (W) 45.19; 4. Otto (E) 45.38; 5. Agee (B) 46.35; 6. McQuillen (N) 46.51

800 -- 1. Sparks (N) 2:06.28; 2. Schaeffer (H) 2:06.85; 3. Pierce (E) 2:09.85; 4. Risner (E) 2:09.55; 5. Gerber (B) 2:11.3; 6. VanCauwenbergh (H) 2:12.58

200 dash -- 1. Battle (E) 22.22 (stadium and meet record); 2. Yost (E) 23.31; 3. Yontz (Ma) 24.02; 4. Craven (W) 24.25; 5. Smith (B) 24.34; 6. Fultz (B) 24.59

3200 run -- 1. Koehn (N) 10:40.01; 2. Tomczyj *HG) 10:42.81; 3. Schoen (B) 10:54.82; 4. Rodriguez (SM) 11:14.87; 5. Hillis (W) 11:22.49; 6. Bischoff (Mo) 11:22.55

4x400 relay -- 1. Edison (Pierce, Suhanic, Parkinson, Battle) 3:34.73; 2. Huron (Biddlecombe, Nagy, Hagstrom, Schaeffer) 3:36.16; 3. Norwalk (Hemenway, Perkins, Sparks, Frost) 3:41.15; 4. Willard (Regalado, Phillips, Haler, Craven) 3:41.58; 5. Bellevue (Agee, Davenport, Hickey, Craven) 3:48.6; 6. Margaretta (Moore, Eisenhauer, Birkholz, Beechler0 3:49.79.

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