PORTAGE | The Portage boys track team ensured that the first time it hosted the Duneland Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships was a memorable experience for themselves.
Portage’s boys won five of the 11 events Saturday and went on to post its first-ever title. The Indians finished with 145.5 points. Valparaiso was second and Lake Central took third.
“It was awesome, especially with all the work we put in to do it and all the training our kids have been doing,” Portage coach Nick Haas said. “They have been going since November, and to see their work pay off is awesome.”
Portage’s Lorenzo Wells anchored the winning 800- and 1,6,00-meter relays. He also won the 60 dash and placed second in the long jump.
“My team set it up for me, and it was just how hard was I going to run to try and help them out,” Wells said. “It was good, but I feel like I can keep improving and get better.”
Tommy Martin was a double-winner for Portage. He anchored the 3,200 relay team and ran the third leg of 1,600 relay squad.
“He ran determined,” Haas said of Martin. “He knew what he needed to do for our relays to get downstate.”
Valparaiso finished with 127 points to claim the girls title by 5.5 points over the host Indians. Chesterton finished third.
“It’s good for us to see where we are at in the season going into outdoor,” Valparaiso coach Adam Nellessen said. “One thing we seemed to lack last year was field events, and that appears to be our strong suit.
The Vikings got off to a fast start with Allison Mundell and Alena Tonne finishing first and second in the opening event, the 3,200.
Hannah Nolan and Malerie Mech placed first and second for Valparaiso in the long jump. Madison Buyer (60 hurdles) and Colette Collins (high jump) also won for the Vikings.
The quartet of Kailee Schoof, Madison Gits, Katie Pickford and Elena Lancioni won both the 3,200 and the distance medley relay for LaPorte.
Portage claimed both the 800 and 1,600 relays. Victoria Ostrander, Dajanae Marshall and Arianna Noble were a part of both wins.