THE Columbus East boys track team has a few goals each season, including winning Hoosier Hills Conference and sectional titles.
The Olympians, however, don’t forget about that midseason dual meet against their crosstown rivals.
Twentieth-ranked East used its power in the sprints to overcome Columbus North’s distance domination and beat the visiting Bull Dogs 77-55 on Thursday.
No. 10 North won the girls meet 97-35.
“It feels great,” East senior Sean Owens said. “At the beginning of the season, we set five or six team goals, and one of them at the top is to beat North.”
Owens led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100 meters in 11.0 seconds and also won the 200 in 22.8. Teammate James Robinson took the 110 hurdles (15.1) and 300 hurdles (40.9).
“We look for the beginning of the meet with James in the (110) hurdles and us in the 100 to come out and start strong and lead the team for the rest of the night,” Owens said.
Other individual winners for the Olympians were Matt Buffo in the pole vault (12 feet), JT Voelker in the long jump (22-5), Aaron Kruchten in the shot put (48-9½), Rhett Myers in the discus (146-1), Jason Kimmet in the 400 (50.8) and Jacob Hampton in the 800 (2:01.0). Chase Banister, Voelker, Robinson and Owens) took the 4x100 relay (43.3); and Hampton, Steven O’Neal, Banister and Kimmet captured the 4x400 relay (3:30).
“JT Voelker had a good long jump,” East boys coach David Miller said. “Our 4x400 team ran great. Jacob Hampton ran a great 800, and Kimmet ran a good 400.
“We ran well we competed and we beat a very good Columbus North team,” he said. “Anytime we can walk away with a ‘W’ is obviously a positive. The kids did great tonight.”
The Bull Dogs got wins from Andrew Ng in the high jump (6-1), Andy Carr in the 1,600 (4:30), Kaden Eaton in the 3,200 (9:20) and Michael Keller, Daniel Padilla, Sam Ford and Joe Wright in the 4x800 relay (8:26).
“It was good on both sides,” North boys and girls coach Lou Sipe said. “This is only our second (dual) meet of the year, so to compete the way we did, I felt good. East is on the boys side very good. They have a lot of talented seniors. On the girls side, we have quite a few talented seniors.”
That includes Tessa Krempel, who led the Bull Dogs with a sweep of the shot (41-8) and discus (135-8).
“I didn’t throw very well, but everybody has to have an ‘off’ meet every now and then,” Krempel said. “I just focused on getting the win because this was an important meet for us and encouraged others to do the same.”
Also winning for North were Katrina May in the pole vault (11-0), Janelle Peters in the long jump (15-10), Debie Gedeon in the 100 hurdles (15.0), Mackenzie Caldwell in the 1,600 (5:20), Olivia Malone in the 300 hurdles (47.7), Aly Bowman in the 800 (2:28.0), Gabby Sims in the 200 (26.3) and Sierra Lax in the 3,200 (11:08.7). Caldwell, Katie Carlson, Miah Kincer and Allison Coffey took the 4x800 relay (10:19); Peters, Gedeon, Emma LaVelle and Malone captured the 4x100 relay (52.3); and Elle Williams, Sims, Malone and Hannah Poindexter won the 4x400 relay (4:16).
“Mackenzie Caldwell ran well in the 4x400 and the (1,600),” Sipe said. “Sierra Lax and Rachel Brougher in the 3,200 both ran very well.”
East’s Katie Mack won the high jump (5-0) and 400 (1:04.0). The only other win for the Olympians came from Andrea Hendrickson in the 100 (12.8).
“I’m not disappointed with this meet at all,” East girls coach Glen Brown said. “We came out, we competed and had some good times — some of our season-bests. When you come out and perform your best, you can’t be disappointed. When you go against one of the top-10 teams, it’s tough.”