HAMMOND | In Travis Morris' fourth season as boys track coach at Hammond, the Wildcats finally took home the Great Lakes Athletic Conference title.
A Morton disqualification in the 1,600-meter relay Tuesday helped the Wildcats edge the Governors 79-67 for the crown. Host Gavit followed with 49, and Clark had 22.
Many Wildcats team members were already on the bus, believing they hadn't won the meet. An original announcement said Morton was the victor.
"In the exchange, Morton was apparently out of the zone and that's how we got the win," Morris said. "The delay kind of messed up our victory celebration, but I'll tell the guys on the bus and I'm sure they'll be happy."
Morris called the team victory an "amazing comeback."
"When looking at this beforehand, I had predicted an even tie between us and Morton," he said. "So I told the guys that any time they see someone in red on the track, beat them."
Hammond's Malik Myles won the 400 (53.41), while Aldin Gilmore took first in the shot put (40-2).
The Morton girls coasted to victory with 110 points.
Kendria Huff broke the meet mark in the 300 intermediate hurdles (49.7). She also won the 100 hurdles (16.48).
Teammate Breonna Metcalf set a record in 400 (1:02.41).
"(Breaking the record) felt real good, but I'm just excited about our team's victory," Metcalf said. "We've been working so hard all year, and it has paid off."
Hammond and Clark both had 49 points, while Gavit finished with nine.
Gavit's Zach Schreiber broke a pair of marks for the Gladiators, winning both the 1,600 (4:47) and 3,200 (10:43.65).
Morton swept the 3,200 relays, with the boys finishing in 9:04.6 and the girls coming in at 11:58.4.
In the end, the Wildcats boys team eventually brought home the top prize after three consecutive second-place finishes.
"It was a total team effort," Morris said.