KOUTS — After receiving their plaques for winning the round-robin portion of Porter County Conference track action Saturday, neither Boone Grove's boys nor the Morgan Township girls had to wait very long to get more hardware.
Kyle Isch's Wolves and Susie Duzan's Cherokees each went 7-0 in Porter County Conference round-robin action, and each team backed up the season-long performance with a win at the PCC Meet.
"You never know from the beginning of the season to the end how kids are going to hold up," Duzan said. "It's a lot of hard work. To be able to carry it all the way through is a nice feeling."
The title is the first for Boone Grove on the boys side since 1984.
"I'm not an area guy, but when I came here, track was an afterthought," Isch said. "All it takes is a few guys to really turn the culture around and make track cool and fun. I don't push winning as the most important thing, fun is, but it's a lot of fun to win."
Boone Grove claimed the boys title despite taking the top spot in just three of the 16 events. The Wolves finished the meet with 134 points. Morgan Township (103) was second, while Kouts (102) was third and Hebron (95) fourth.
Cameron Jones and Ethan Smith claimed the only individual titles for Boone Grove. Jones set the pace in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 8.17 seconds. Smith and teammate Luke Wilkening took the top two spots in the discus.
The Wolves also finished atop the podium in the 400 relay as Cory Reifon, Brandon Vann, Bobby Johnson and Taylor Piazza combined to get the win.
The Wolves had 14 individual finishes in the top six to help them to victory.
"The guy that scored the most points for us was never on the podium," Isch said. "Braeton Vann ran three events and got 22 points, and Brandon Ferguson, same deal. We had 29 guys competing today and a lot of them scored points."
Brett Lemmons helped Morgan Township to second with wins in all three sprint events. Lemmons, whose status for the meet was uncertain earlier in the week, won the 100 (11.04), 200 (23.19) and 400 (51.05).
"I'm very pleased with my 100," Lemmons said. "I'm finally starting to understand how to start out of blocks and get that down. Nick Surber from Hebron's been talking me through that and helping me out. He ran great today."
Trevor Braden won both the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Cherokees.
On the girls' side, the Cherokees took the top spot five times to help amass 175 points. Kouts was second with 138.5 and Hebron (84) was third.
Madison Buyer won both the 100 hurdles (16.2) and 300 hurdles (50.97) for M.T.
Ella Bormet took first in the shot put for the Cherokees, and they also crossed the line first in both the 3,200 and 400 relays.
"They're a great bunch of kids with a great attitude, and they came wanting to win and did enough to get it done," Duzan said.
LaCrosse's Justene Charlesworth won each of the distance events. She placed first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
"I just knew I wanted to get one of them, and to get all three was really great," Charlesworth said.
Marissa Brys of Washington Township won both the 100 and 200.
Gabby Rogers of Kouts and Zach Titus of Washington were the Mental Attitude Award winners.
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