Mt. Vernon's track and field team recorded a dominating win in a triangular meet Thursday night.
The Rams won the meet with 93 points. Marion was second with 55, and Salem finished with 38.
“We have a good senior group that can do a lot of things for us,” Mt. Vernon coach Clint Turner said. “And when you have seniors taking charge of things, it helps out a lot.”
Mt. Vernon ended the meet with 13 first-place finishes on a windy day. Turner said the wind that consistently grew in power throughout the meet produced positive and negative effects on the runners.
“It's tough, but you also run with it on one side of the track too,” Turner said. “So a lot of old-time coaches would tell you it just evens everything out.”
Brykell Patton and Robert Grider both led the Rams with first-place finishes. The two each won a pair of individual events and were both part of a winning relay squad.
First place finishers for the Rams were: the 3,200 meter relay team of Ethan Badger, Daniel Flood, Hagan Schnieder, Brandon Rios (9:00); the 400 meter relay team of Travonte Wilborn, Austin Pressley, Aaron Steele, Chris Weil (48.02); Jordan Wilemon 3,200 meters (10:43.62); Brykell Patton high hurdles (15.77); Brykell Patton intermediate hurdles (43.67); Robert Grider 100 meters (10.86); Robert Grider 200 meters (22.8); Ethan Badger 800 meters (2:08.12); the 800 meter relay team of Crayton Turner, Gilwan Nelson, Shakari Hawkins and Robert Grider (1:37.15); Demontez Miller-Gray 400 meters (55.42); the 1,600 relay team of Demontez Miller-Gray, Ethan Badger, Korvea Meredith, Brykell Patton (3:46.73); Joseph McDanel pole vault (13 feet); and Shakari Hawkins long jump (20 feet, 11 inches)
“Anybody can run when it's 80 degrees and calm and nice and perfect,” Turner said. “The good teams bear down and get things done in crazy, adverse conditions.
“It's just a matter of don't let things you can't control take you out of what you need to do.”