The boys track team continued its torrid pace Tuesday at Our Lady of Mercy at the Region 5A meet. Running its total to 11 school records broken, the Bears emerged with three individual and one relay 5A title, not to mention its fourth-place finish – the highest ever in school history.
“This is something no track team at HIES has ever done,” Coach Ron Green said of the region titles. “Also, we’ve never sent five boys to state before; that’s another first.”
The State meet is slated May 7-8 in Jefferson, GA.
Sophomore O’Neal Wanliss earned two region titles, winning both the 200 and 400-meter runs. His 48.74 in the quarter broke his own school record and the 10th fastest time in all classifications. He also won the 200 in 22.97.
First-year runner Zane Trott surprised the field with a championship in the 100-meter; Trott ran an 11.97 to earn his title.
Wanliss and Trott then teamed with C.J. James and Adam Wypyski to win region and break a school mark in the 4 X 400-meter relay. They turned in a 3:31.01, largely behind Wanliss’s anchor leg of 48.8.
The fifth person to advance to the state meet will be Christian Rasmussen, who finished second in the pole vault Monday.
Green had several others who placed in the 5A event. Wes Fanning earned fourth in the pole vault and Kyle Donahue fourth in the 1,600-meter run. The 4 X 100-relay team of Wypyski, James, Wanliss and Trott took fifth. Sixth place went to Greg Sullivan in the 300-hurdles and Calder Marshall in the discus. Sullivan also finished 7th in the 110 hurdles.
James was seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the 110-hurdles, while the 4 X 100-relay team of Sullivan, James, Fanning and Harrison Andros took eighth.