Plymouth runs to sectional title

Plymouth's boys track team celebrated a sectional title in track Thursday night
By: 
Ron Haramia
Sports Writer

Like a good 400 meter runner would do, Plymouth’s boys track team grabbed an early lead, then held off the competition to win sectionals on its home track Thursday night.

Culver Academy gave the best chase of the 10 other schools, taking second, with Whitko third and Bremen fourth.

The top three individuals in each event move on to next week’s Warsaw Regional.

“It’s been a crazy season for me as a first-year coach,” admitted Plymouth head coach Curtis Nordmann. “But this makes it worth it.”

Six event wins, two individuals with double wins and a school record were some of the highlights from the Plymouth squad.

Reigning state high jump champ Nate Patterson won his signature event, but what may have been more impressive was his 23-0.5 leap in the long jump to not only win the event, but break the school record of 23-0 set by David Burroughs in the process.

“God has blessed that young man with raw talent,” added Nordmann. “He’s been jumping in the 21s, but he had the right jump at the right time and nailed it. Pretty awesome. He enjoys the long jump. Maybe he’ll be a double state champion. He jumps 7-feet (in the high jump) and the reaction is so different now. He’s going for the state record (7-3.25). He tried 7-3.5 today (barely missing on his third attempt). We’re looking forward to the regional. He likes the track.”

Someone who also likes the track is Sam Tanner, who took home both hurdle titles.

“He’s scored so many points for us,” Nordmann said. “His 15.08 in the 100 is a solid time. If he runs that at region, he should advance to state. Maybe he’ll go in two events. He wants to get under 39 in the 300 (he won with a 39.19). He’s peaking at the right time.”

Other PHS wins included the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays.

“The 4 x 100 was huge,” continued Nordmann. “Jorge (Calix) hurt his hamstring and I put Garrett Schrameyer in his place. I knew he’d do well. I’m really proud of the kids. They have been doing well all year. All these kids work so hard. Erick Zelaya was in six events. I hated to do that, but under the circumstances I had to. When I asked him (if he would do it), he said, ‘Whatever you need.’”

CMA’s event winners were Jordon Freeman (100), Aaron Brooke (pole vault), Shane Pursch (1600), 4 x 800 relay and an impressive 1-2 finish in the 800 by Pursch and Callaway Bird.

Culver Community’s Marcellus Anderson won the shot put and teammate Carter Stevens place second in the discus.

Look for more complete results in tomorrow’s sports pages.

HS BOYS TRACK PLYMOUTH SECTIONAL
• PLYMOUTH 145, CULVER ACADEMY 119, WHITKO 86, BREMEN 55, MANCHESTER 49, ROCHESTER 48, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 42, CULVER 36, CASTON 33, NORTH MIAMI 10, TRITON 1
At Plymouth
Event winners:
Long jump: Nate Patterson (Plymouth) 23-0.5
High jump: Nate Patterson (Plymouth) 7-0
Pole vault: Aaron Brooke (CMA) 13-6
Shot put: Marcellus Anderson (Cul) 51-10.5
Discus: Jameson Baker (TV) 143-1
100: Jordon Freeman (CMA) 11.13
200: Alex Wilson (W) 22.6
400: Dakota Parker (TV) 50.82
800: Shane Pursch (CMA) 2:00.52
100H: Sam Tanner (Plymouth) 15.08
300H: Sam Tanner (Plymouth) 39.19
1600: Shane Pursch (CMA) 4:29.07
3200: Thomas Rohr (R) 9:35.56
4x100: Plymouth 44.65
4x400: Plymouth 3:32.14
4x800: Culver Academy 8:39.11

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