CHESTER — Fairfield ran away with its third straight Black Diamond Conference boys track championship over Hamilton County and Chester by taking first in four events, second in four and third in six events.
"Three-peat for us never been done in school history," said Fairfield coach Justin Townsend. "We feel pretty strong about our relays and felt our depth was a plus, being able to place multiple guys in multiple events."
Junior Brant McGill won the conference title in the 400-meter dash by 1.23 seconds over last year's third place finisher, Bryce Northcott from Carmi-White County, with a time of 54.20.
"I'm pretty pumped at winning the conference championship my first time running track," McGill said. "My plan was to come out fast and end fast."
McGill also finished second in the triple jump, fifth in the 200-meter dash and was a member of the conference champion 4x100 relay team.
Brice Todd easily won the pole vault by clearing 10-06 while his teammate Ethan Kakac finished second (8-00). Trenton Butler from Hamilton County also cleared 8-00 to come in third.
The Mules dominated the relays repeating as champs in the 4x100 (45.14) and 4x800 (8:58.25), finishing second to record-setting Johnston City in the 4x400 and third in the 4x200 to Chester and Johnston City.
The Johnston City 4x400 team of sophomore Luca Gualdoni, senior Brandon Shelton, junior Colton Jeralds and junior anchor E. J. Thompson not only successfully defended its title, but did it recording breaking fashion beating the 2005 record held by Christopher by .16 seconds with a time of 3:36.24.
"We decided early on we were going to break the record," Shelton said. "Our first leg came out very strong, I ran a pretty good first 200-meter split, Colton held it up and our anchor cleaned up as always."
Shelton also easily won the 800-meter run by almost four seconds with a time of 2:08.66 over Jamon Vaughan from Fairfield after finishing second last year.
" First place, conference champion, pretty happy about it," Shelton said. "Last year I was young and came out too quick and died on the second lap. I worked really hard in the off-season to increase my endurance."
Hamilton County senior Tyler Byars swept the distance races, winning the 1,600-meter run (4:55.52) over Tyler Beasley from Johnston City by .82 seconds and the 3,200-meter run (11:08.06) over his teammate Matt Rubenacker by 3.49 seconds.
"In the 3,200 I like to go at an even pace for most the race, and in the mile I was a little tired from the two-mile and the 4x800, but was able to close and get a decent time," Byars said.
Christopher junior Demontae Martin laid claim to the fastest man at the meet, winning the 100-meter dash (11.39) by .15 seconds and the 200-meter dash by .13 seconds over Hamilton County sophomore Jake Whipple. The junior sat out last year recovering from a heart condition.
"I couldn't get any oxygen to my heart, but I got it cleared up so I could come back out and surprise people," Martin said. "I got a good block start in the 100 and that's what pushed my momentum to be able to catch the guy in front of me at the 80 mark and beat him. My 200 was fun. There were seven people ahead of me and I caught all of them by 90 to 100 mark and kept trucking."
Sesser-Valier senior Dustin Kemp successfully defended his conference title in the 110-meter hurdles (15.24) by 1.66 seconds over A.J. Scola from Goreville, and finished second for the second time in the 300-meter hurdles by 1.78 seconds to Chester senior Lucas Doiron.
"I didn't get off to a good start in the 110, hitting my lead leg on the first hurdle and drug my trailing leg on the second one, but I picked it up after that and managed a personal record by about a 10th of a second," Kemp said
Johnston City and Chester dominated the field events. For the Indians, Gualdoni won the triple jump (40-07.75) and Thompson won the long jump (20-03.75), while Savion Smith won the high jump (6-02) and Tyler Redeker the shot put (44-08) for the Yellow Jackets.
Carmi-White County junior Dakota Mullins easily won the discus throw by over 11 feet with a toss of 143-02.