KOUTS | Blake Wallace woke up Saturday morning not even sure if he’d be able to give 100 percent at the Kouts Invitational.
He walked off the track with yet another school record.
Wallace shook off a recent bout of sickness to break his own school record in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 23.18 seconds and leading the Hawks to a second-place finish in the process.
Wallace also added a personal best in the long jump (20 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and a second-place finish in the 100 (11.6).
“I got sick two days ago after a track meet and I just didn’t feel very good coming into today,” Wallace said. “Things seemed to work out OK, however.”
Hebron also got winning performances from David Lucas (300 hurdles) and Zac Frey (shot put), but couldn’t do enough to overtake the dominant Bremen squad. The Lions finished with 172 points while the Hawks finished a distant second with 94 points.
“I didn’t know what to expect and to come in second, I’m very proud of the guys,” Hebron coach Mike DeFries said. “We lost so much from last season and we didn’t have a number of our guys here today with volleyball going on.”
The South Central girls had a full team on Saturday, but many of the Satellites had their minds in other places. With prom happening just a few hours after the conclusion of the meet, most of the Satellites athletes blazed through their events and then sprinted to the parking lot.
Taylor Johnson had a full day, winning the long jump and 100 hurdles while taking second in the 300 hurdles and 400.
“We had to do a lot of planning ahead of time and shake some things up,” South Central coach Rachel Werner said. “This was a good day for us. We set a few personal bests and even with a big social event coming up, we were focused.”
The Satellites challenged Bremen (159 points) for much of the day, but ultimately came up short and took second place with 124 points.
“We tried to keep the mood light, but when it was time to perform, it was time for the girls to do their jobs,” Werner said. “These kids all worked together today and I’m incredibly proud of what they were able to do today.”