Switz. run 2nd to Dogs
Saturday, April 20, 2013 4:58 AM
Switzerland County and Batesville turned Thursday's eight-team South Dearborn Invitational boys track and field meet into a two-team duel with the Bulldogs holding off the Pacers 128-114.
The Pacers won six events and Braden Burk was named Most Valuable Runner of the meet after scoring 24 points in a combination of individual events and relays. It was a team performance that might have been good enough for the invitational win if not for the 18 points Batesville earned in the pole vault - an event in which Switzerland does not compete.
"I felt the guys came out tonight and really competed against some very good competition," Pacers coach Sean McGarvey said. "We continue to improve, we had several personal records tonight and all three relay teams recorded their best times of the year to date."
Burk won both the 800 and 1600 meters with a personal best 2:05 in the 800 and a 4:49 in the 1600. He was also a member of the Pacers' winning 3200 relay where T.J. White, Burk, Talen Taylor and Dakota Taylor ran an 8:54 and he was on the third place 1600 relay team of White, Burk, Dakota Taylor and Justus Powell in 3:51.
Sprinter Clint Swanson dashed to a sweep in the 100 and 200 meters in 11.41 and 22.81, respectively, and led off Switzerland County's third place 400 relay with Zack Rodgers, Ben Curran and Chase Richards in 47.17.
Alex Curran posted the Pacers' other win in the long jump with a leap of 19-0.5 to go with a second in the high jump at 5-10 while his brother, Ben Curran, was tied for third a 5-8. Ben Curran was runner-up of the 110-meter high hurdles with a personal best time of 17.43.
Turner turned in the Pacers' final podium finish with a third place in the 1600 meters in a personal best time of 4:58.
Complete team results were: Batesville 128, Switzerland County 114, South Ripley 73, Rising Sun 63, Franklin County 53, South Dearborn 34, Lawrenceburg 18 and Oldenburg Academy 6.