Pacers earn ORVC Track championship

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The Switzerland County boys varsity track team captured the ORVC championship last Thursday night.

The Pacers won the meet with a team total of 147 1/3 points to easily outdistance second place South Ripley, which finished with 79 points. Milan was third with 67 1/3 points; followed by Rising Sun with 59 1/3, Southwestern with 54; Jac-Cen-Del with 33, and Shawe Memorial with 25.

Switzerland County’s championship was fueled by an entire team effort, led by junior Bailey Bennett, who earned three championships – two individually and was a part of a winning relay team.

Bennett captured the 400-meter dash in a time of :54.10; and he also won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of :17.05. He and teammates Cameron Niswander, Will Pike, and Tre Batchelor earned the blue ribbon in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:40.

Also earning first place points for the Pacers was Keegan Morris in the 100-meter dash with a time of :11.96; and Justin Green won the shot put with a distance of 42’6″.

The 400-meter relay team of Joseph Hemingway, Brody Splain, Hunter Hayes, and Morris continued their dominance in that event, winning in a time of :45.68.

Team depth brought home the championship, with second places being earned by Hayes in the long jump with a distance of 18’7″ and the 200-meter dash in a time of :23.81; Will Pike in the 400-meter dash in a time of :54.30; Cameron Papucci in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:14; Niswander in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of :44.37; and Cameron Shaw in the discus with a distance of 125’0″.

Green was third in the discus with a distance of 124’11”; while fourth places were earned by Splain in the 100-meter dash in a time of :11.93 and the 200-meter dash in a time of :25.37; Iago Del Rio was fourth in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:04; Landon Wilks was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:41; Niswander finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of :17.70; Max Anders was fourth in the high jump with a height of 5’2″; Zach Howlett was fourth in the shot put with a distance of 39’4″; and the Pacer 3,200-meter relay team of Del Rio, Jordan Lay, Papucci, and Wilks was fourth in a time of 9:20.43.

Dalton Woodward was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 16’10 3/4″; Brian Watson was sixth in the high jump with a height of 5’2″; and Cory Taulbee rounded out the scoring, finishing sixth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of :47.86.

The Pacer track team now carries this momentum into tonight’s (Thursday’s) IHSAA Track Sectional, which is being held at Jeffersonville High School.