Prep track

Munster girls, Lowell boys take Mustang track invite

2013-04-26T21:15:00Z 2013-04-26T23:19:12Z Munster girls, Lowell boys take Mustang track inviteDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 26, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Miles Gunty knows when he shows up for the meet that most of the field is vaulting for second place.

The Munster senior drew crowds as he tied a school record with a 14-foot, six-inch vault at the Mustang Invite Friday at Munster. That was four feet higher than his nearest competitors.

"The support of everyone helped," Gunty said. "When I'm on the runway, I tend to just tunnel vision my way through (the vault). When I'm walking down there, though, I do feel (the crowd's) presence."

The Mustangs fell as a team to Lowell, who won the meet with 102 points to Munster's 94. The host girls team did win though, notching a dominating 150 out of 331 possible points.

Red Devils distance runner Kyle Eller posted a 4:25.11 in the 1600 and 9:42.06 in the 3200, almost 10 seconds ahead of the pack in both events. He led for most of both races.

"It was a pretty nice run," Eller said. "It's kind of hard to push yourself (when you're so far out front). The win just gets you."

On the girls side, Calumet senior Danielle Smar jumped in front early en route to a 12:26.11 first-place finish in the 3200.

"I just went out there and ran how I felt. Normally I overthink it, today I just ran by feel," Smar said. "I knew if I wanted to get out of sectional, here's my competition right here today. I just had to go out and get it."

Munster's Jimmy Murphy won the boys 800, finishing less than a second ahead of Hanover Central's Mike York. Murphy's time was 2:04.83, his career best.

"I didn't really have a plan. I just wanted to go as fast as I can and sustain that," Murphy said. "It was my first time leading the 800 for the entirety of a race, so it was a little weird for me but I was able to do it."

Lowell girls finished second, followed by Hanover Central, Calumet and Gavit. Hanover Central boys finished third, with Gavit and Calumet in fourth and fifth.

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