THIRTY years have passed since Columbus East has won a sectional title in boys track.
The Olympians have won only two sectional crowns, and those came back to back in 1983 and 1984. But if things go according to form, East could be celebrating the end of a long drought at about 8:30 this evening.
Heading into today’s Columbus North Sectional, the Olympians are seeded to score 135½ points based on entries submitted to the host school. The Bull Dogs are projected to score 105 points, while fourth-ranked Center Grove is seeded to score 100½.
The top four in each event qualify for the May 29 Connersville Regional, and East and North have several athletes and relay teams in position to advance.
East’s JT Voelker and Steven O’Neal are seeded 1-2 in the long jump, and Jason Kimmet and Jacob Hampton are the top seeds in the 400 and 800 meters, respectively. The Olympians are seeded first in the 4x100 relay, second in the 4x400 relay and third in the 4x800 relay.
Also for East, Voelker and Sean Owens are seeded second and third in the 100; and James Robinson is tied for second in the high jump and is third in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Brock Patterson in the shot put and Paul Baker in the 1,600 are seeded third, and Rhett Myers in the discus and Chase Thompson in the 400 are seeded fourth.
North’s Chris Sublette is the top seed in the 100. Kaden Eaton is seeded second in the 1,600 and third in the 800, Andy Carr and Seth Williams are 2-3 in the 3,200 and Andrew Ng is tied for second in the high jump.
Also for the Bull Dogs, Andrew Jones is seeded third in the 400; while Trevor Shutters in the shot, Michael Behling in the 300 hurdles and Sublette in the 200 are fourth. North is second in the 4x800 relay and fourth in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Jennings County’s Tom Alsup is the top seed in the shot and is second in the discus. Adam Jackson and Wes Furgason are tied for second in the high jump, Zach Miller is third in the long jump and Jonah Woods is fourth in the 1,600.
East boys clinch tie
East has clinched at least a tie for the Hoosier Hills Conference boys All-Sports championship.
With only the golf tournament left to be played Saturday at Bedford’s Otis Park, the Olympians have a 70-61 lead over Floyd Central. That means the Highlanders would have to win, and East would have to finish last for Floyd Central to tie the Olympians for the boys title.
On the girls side, Floyd Central won all three spring sports to pull away from East for a 77-50 final margin. That gives the Highlanders their sixth consecutive HCC Grand All-Sports championship, which combined boys and girls sports.
East’s boys won titles in football, soccer and baseball and finished second in tennis, basketball and track. The girls won a soccer title and finished second in tennis.
The Boys All-Sports title is the first for the Olympians since 2008. That was also the last year East won a Girls All-Sports title and the Grand All-Sports championship.
Baseball sectional loaded
Three of the six baseball teams in the East Central Sectional, including both Columbus schools, are ranked in this week’s Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A poll, but none drew each other in first-round matchups.
No. 8 Columbus East will play East Central in the opening round about 8 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will meet No. 6 Shelbyville or Bloomington South at 6 p.m. June 2, followed by No. 10 Columbus North facing Bloomington North. The title game is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 3.
Jennings County will play Jeffersonville at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Seymour facing 4A No. 3 Floyd Central in the opening round of the New Albany Sectional. The winners will meet at 3 p.m. May 31, followed by 4A No. 5 New Albany against Bedford North Lawrence. The title game will be at 7 p.m. June 2.
Brown County drew a first-round bye in the Class 3A Owen Valley Sectional and will play the winner between Owen Valley and Edgewood at 1:30 p.m. May 31. The winner will play West Vigo or Northview in the final at 5:30 p.m. June 2.
South Decatur will play Oldenburg Academy in the Class A Madison Shawe Sectional about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will meet No. 7 Rising Sun or Jac-Cen-Del at 5 p.m. May 29, followed by Hauser playing Shawe. The title game will be at 5 p.m. June 2.
Edinburgh will play Morristown about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class A Morristown Sectional. The winner will meet Indianapolis Lutheran or Baptist Academy at 5 p.m. May 30. The title game will be at 5 p.m. June 2.
Trinity Lutheran will play Crothersville in the Class A Springs Valley Sectional about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will meet Springs Valley or Medora at 11 a.m. May 31, followed by No. 3 Orleans playing West Washington. The title game will be at 7 p.m. May 31.
Softball pairings announced
Columbus East’s softball team will play Bloomington North in the opening round of the Class 4A Columbus North Sectional at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lincoln Park. The winner will meet East Central or Bloomington South at 6 p.m. May 29, followed by Columbus North playing Shelbyville. The title game will be at 7 p.m. May 30.
Class 4A No. 9 Jennings County will play New Albany in the Jennings Sectional at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will meet Floyd Central or Jeffersonville at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Seymour playing Bedford North Lawrence. The title game will be at 5 p.m. May 31.
Brown County will play West Vigo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 3A Brown County Sectional. The winner will meet Owen Valley about 8 p.m. Wednesday. The title game will be at 6:30 p.m. May 29.
Edinburgh will play Greenwood Christian Academy in the Class A Hauser Sectional at 5 p.m. Monday. The winner will play Southwestern (Shelby) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, which will follow the semifinal between Hauser and Morristown at 5 p.m. The title game will be at 7 p.m. May 28.
South Decatur drew a first-round bye and will play Class A No. 2 Rising Sun in the Rising Sun Sectional at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The title game will be at 7:30 p.m. May 29.
Trinity Lutheran drew a bye in the Class A Springs Valley Sectional and will play Crothersville or Orleans at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The title game will be at 7 p.m. May 29.
Former assistants get nod
If the Columbus North boys cross-country team is going to reclaim the state championship from Carmel, the Bull Dogs will have to do it against one of their former assistant coaches.
Colin Altevogt, who was a volunteer assistant under Rick Weinheimer from 2007-09, has been named the Carmel boys coach. Altevogt, a Franklin College graduate, was on the North staff in 2009, when the Bull Dogs swept the boys and girls state titles.
North’s boys went on to win state championships in 2010 and 2011 before Carmel took the past two titles. The Greyhounds have won four consecutive girls crowns since the Bull Dogs’ victory.
North vs. Hauser rescheduled
The Hauser at North softball game is back on.
The Bull Dogs and Jets were originally scheduled to play today, but the Jets have to make up a Mid-Hoosier Conference game, so the contest with North was canceled last week. But the teams have been able to reschedule for 5 p.m. Friday.
North and Hauser already have met twice this season, with each team winning once.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at email@example.com.