HEBRON | The rain can only delay the inevitable.
The pole vault and high jump will be contested today, but Hanover Central has all but officially wrapped up its eighth Porter County Conference Championship in nine years.
"We wanted to come in and dominate," Sam Bokodi said. "We wanted to leave a good mark and make sure they don't miss us."
Hanover, competing in the PCC for the final time, amassed 146 points Thursday, nearly double second-place Morgan Township (74).
"Knowing it's our last year, we wanted to go out with a big bang," Matt Yzaguirre said.
Yzaguirre sure did. He won the 200-meter dash and contributed to firsts in the 400 and 1,600 relays, the latter winning by nearly nine seconds at 3:38.44. He was also runner-up in the 100 to South Central's Isaiah Thomas, who was conspicuous by his absence for the 200 finals.
"We were all looking for him," Yzaguirre said. "It was better for me, I suppose. I was hoping to win them all, but I'm happy with how I performed."
Bokodi was a double winner, rolling in the 110 high hurdles in addition to the 400 relay victory, and could have done more. He was neck and neck with Hebron's David Lucas in the 300 intermediates, but clipped the last hurdle and landed face first, scraping his arms, face and chest.
"I think I could've gotten it," Bokodi said. "After the 110s and four by one, I was motivated to win three medals."
Also for Hanover, Alec Nirtaut ran on the 1600 relay, took second in the long jump and was declared the 400 winner following an official's review. Hebron's Blake Wallace, who nearly caught Nirtaut with a late charge, was initially ruled first.
"I thought they were going to give it to him because he dove," said Wallace, who broke a school record, running only his second 400.
As for Thomas, he was returning from a bathroom stop when he found out the 200 was contested without him.
"I asked somebody, 'What race is this?' and before they even answered, I saw Hanover and I was like, 'Oh man, no,'" said Thomas, who also won the long jump in 20-9 3/4 and anchored the 400 relay to a second. "I was really hoping to win three."
Morgan's Alec Kostelnik did win three, edging teammate Ben Savage, the 3,200 champ, in the 1600, cruising in the 800 and helping the 3,200 relay to a first.
"The relay was pretty exciting for me," Kostelnik said. "It's hard to put a good relay together at a small school. (The 3,200) will definitely be my focus going forward. I don't want to say I was training through the meet, but I am keeping the rest of the season in perspective."
Hebron shot putter Zac Frey hit 50 feet for the first time to take that event.
"I was throwing up all day and my legs were cramping," Frey said. "I don't even know how I did it. It was definitely a miracle."
While he didn't have the hardware yet, Hanover coach Steve Foulds was happy to be in position to claim top honors in his PCC farewell.
"I think that's been everybody's focus in every sport all year," he said.