VALPARAISO | Wednesday was “one of those nights” according to head coach Brett Polizotto for the Valparaiso boys track team at the Duneland Athletic Conference meet.
“Collectively we had a really good meet,” Polizotto said. “It was one of those nights where every guy did what he was supposed to do if not better. It all clicked tonight.”
The Times No. 2 Vikings won three events but had 16 more top-five finishes to win the DAC meet with 129 points. No. 1 Crown Point, which went 7-0 in dual meet action was second with 112. No. 5 Lake Central was third with 101.
“We knew that in order to win you had to come out and do your best or improve upon that, that was what our focus was,” Polizotto said.
Valparaiso’s Joshua Marciniak won the 300-meter hurdles and placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.
“I have been trying to get sub-39 in the 300s,” Marciniak said. “I didn’t get there today, but I think I will do it.”
Andrew Kittridge won the 110-meter hurdles for the Vikings (14.66) and placed third in the long jump. Tom Reilly added a win in the 100-meter dash (11.33).
Crown Point’s Tom Cierniak won the 3200-meter run (9:42.15) and finished second in the 1600-meter run (4:21.18) to be named the running events MVP.
Zack Sneiderwine won the 200-meter dash (22.77) and anchored the winning 400-meter relay team for the Bulldogs.
Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson was a double-winner for the second year in a row. He took first in shot put (52-6 ½) and the discus (163-2) for the second-straight year.
“It’s great to get our here and do it again,” Robinson said. “The DAC shows how much I have improved throughout the season. It means a lot.”
Merrillville’s Austin Jamerson won both the high jump (6-2) and long jump (22-8) in winning field event MVP honors. Jamerson also finished second in the 110-meter hurdles.
Chesterton’s 3200-meter relay team set a new meet record with a time of 7:49.13. The quartet of Nick Barango, Billy Biehl, Kevin Kenney and Tyler Vore bested the old record by more than eight seconds. Crown Point finished second at 7:49.43.
The Trojans finished fourth in the meet, while Merrillville was fifth. Portage placed sixth, while LaPorte was seventh and Michigan City was eighth.