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Huntington North’s Colt Ropp competes in the discus Thursday night at the Wayne Regional.

Snider soars to regional crown

Photos by Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Blackford’s Trace Oswalt competes in the long jump Thursday night in the Wayne Regional. Snider won the meet by a half-point over the second-place Carroll Chargers.
Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Homestead’s Trevor Stanley, right, races against East Noble’s Tyler Ritchie during the 400-meter relay Thursday at the Wayne Regional. Stanley won the 300-meter hurdles for the Spartans.

The Wayne boys track and field regional started with the 100-meter dash after there was a hiccup in the 110-meter hurdles.

Snider’s Derrick Carlisle was ready. And so were his Panther teammates.

Snider placed first in four events on the way to capturing the regional championship.

“(Wednesday) at practice, everybody was saying, ‘Just go all out,’ ” Carlisle said. “Everybody ran their butts off.”

The Panthers had 67 1/2 points. Carroll was second with 67.

“I’m very pleased,” Snider coach Darrell Jackson said. “This is always a tough regional. I think it’s one of the toughest in the state. If you can come to this regional and get top guys down to the state meet, you’re battle-tested.”

The top three in each event (plus those meeting qualifying times) advanced to the state meet, which is June 2 in Bloomington. Carlisle won the 100 with a time of 11.33.

“When I was starting, I had it in my mind that I was trying to win,” he said. “I knew the other guys were fast, too. I just got out the block and just ran hard.”

Carlisle also ran a leg on the first-place 400-meter relay team (42.53). He was joined by Kiwaunes Brown, Tyrell Swain and John Nelson.

“The 400 relay ran phenomenal,” Jackson said.

“We graduated three seniors last year on the relay so this is totally unexpected. I didn’t think we would be able to put a quality 400, but it goes to their commitment and work ethic. They worked really hard in the winter.”

Snider’s Mitchell Dutton won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.17. Teammate Adam Williams was second.

“I got out lot slower than I thought I would,” Dutton said.

“I was hurting. My good teammate Adam was up there pushing. He was my goal-setter to go get up there because I was pretty far back. I was able to, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

Dutton and Williams teamed up with Asher Scott and Isaac Wappes to win the 3,200-meter relay in 7:56.40.

Carroll kept it close throughout. John Hester won an exciting 400-meter dash with a time of 49.19.

“I felt good, my kick felt good,” Hester said.

“I knew I had something in me. I was just trying to get to that finish line. I was really focused on the finish line, I wasn’t looking at anybody else.”

Fellow Charger Justin Fisher won the long jump (21 feet, 8 inches).

The 110-meter hurdles was stopped shortly after it started, but several runners kept running to the end.

Officials decided to give the runners time to recover and moved it to the second event.

Adrian Mable of South Side won in 14.83.

Homestead’s Trevor Stanley won the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.33.

Tyvon Kelley of North Side won the 200-meter dash in 22.16.

He joined Mohammed Bangura, Ed Benson and Kersten Barnfield on the winning 1,600 relay team (3:17.70).

Northrop’s Trevor Wright won the shot put (52-04.50) and the discus (172-09-00).

Other area winners included Whitko’s Alec Wilkinson in the pole vault (14-03.00), Keigan Culler of Fremont in the 3,200 run (9:23.97) and West Noble’s Kevin Handshoe in the 1,600 run (4:23.13).