The Columbus North boys 4×100-meter relay team has been chasing the school record all year and finally broke it against Franklin on Wednesday on the Bull Dogs’ home track.

Damon Hunter Jr., Cortez Bandy, Jaylen Flemmons and Mitchell Burton finished in 42.8 seconds to place first and help the boys to a 83-49 win against the Grizzly Clubs.

“It’s been nice because we’ve been striving for that all season,” Burton said.

“I think it was important going into the tournament, just feeling good knowing we broke the school record and knowing that we are the fastest team that’s ever walked through the school.”

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Burton not only anchored North’s fastest 4×100 relay, but his 22-foot, 5¾-inch jump earned him a first place in the long jump, as well. He also won in the 200, finishing in 22.6.

Hunter Huser jumped 5-10 to win the high jump, Coleman Tennyson won the shot put with a 52-6½ throw and Logan Abbott took the discus (127-2) for the Bull Dogs. Triston Perry won the 300 hurdles (39.8), Elijah Brooks took the 1,600 (4:43.7) and Charlie Allen captured the 3,200 (10:01.4).

The Bull Dogs also won the 4×800 relay (8:27.4).

The North girls won 75-57 with the distance and middle distance events leading the way. Kennedy Kerber placed first in the 1600 (5:46.8), Arig Tong took the 800 (2:29.1) and Abby Landini won the 3200 (12:24.4). Jahna Smiley placed first in the high jump (5-2).

Other first-place finishes for the girls came from Marie Harrison in the discus (100-5) and Dakota Gates in the 200 (27.7). The Bull Dogs won the 4×800 (10:15.4) and 4×100 (51.5) relays.

“The girls did great,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “The competition was good, but I thought our girls handled that and performed very well tonight.”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5632.