Middle School Pacers earn conference track championship


The boys track team from Switzerland County Middle School completed its outstanding season on Monday night by winning the championship of the ORVC conference meet, held at Jac-Cen-Del.

The Pacers finished with a team total of 116 to win the meet. Switzerland County was followed by Milan with 74; Rising Sun with 68; Southwestern with 40; Jac-Cen-Del with 37; South Ripley with 27; and Madison Shawe with zero.

Anthony Dasis was a three-time All Conference honoree, earning first places in the 110-meter hurdles; the 400-meter dash; and the 200-meter dash in a personal best time of :26.2.

He also finished second in the 100-meter dash.

Calen Otter earned Switzerland County’s other first place ribbon to also earn All Conference honors, winning the high jump with a personal best effort of 5’8″. He also finished second overall in the long jump; and was also part of the second place 400-meter relay team along with Zack Rodgers, Robby Karaus, and Tony Hernandez.

Zack Rodgers finished second in the 200-meter dash in a personal best time of :27.6; and third place points were earned by Robby Karaus in the 100-meter dash; Branden Grenat in the shot put with a personal best distance of 37’2″; and Tony Hernandez in the 400-meter dash in a personal best time of 1:01.

Fourth places were earned by Braden Burk in the 1,600-meter run in a personal best time of 5:29; Fred Wilson in the discus; Robby Karaus in the long jump; Tony Hernandez in the high jump with a personal best of 5’2″; Anthony Dennis in the 800-meter run in a personal best time of 2:26; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Quinn Meyer, Anthony Dennis, Tony Hernandez, and Hunter Jordan.

Robby Karaus also placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

The conference win was overshadowed a bit by the absence of standout Brady Scudder, who suffered an arm injury and was unable to compete for Switzerland County. He was undefeated this season in the shot put and the discus, and was also one of the team’s top runners in the 100-meter dash.