Monroe Central’s boys track team continued to impress Thursday night as the Bears will send a record four individuals and three relay qualifiers to the North Central Regional.
The Bears also placed 4th at the Muncie Central Sectional behind champion Yorktown, the host Bearcats in 2nd, and Delta in 3rd.
The Bears had their first sectional champion since 2011 with sophomore Nick Mitchell taking the 300 hurdles with a new school record run of :40.75. Mitchell also qualified for regional in the 110 Hurdles by taking third place in :15.55.
Senior Joshua Randall placed third in the 200 m dash with a fine time of :23.30 to advance to the regional.
Junior Andrew Pierce placed fourth in the 100 m dash with a :11.5. Monroe Central was notified this morning that he will be going to regional in that event. Despite a sore ankle Pierce also placed 8th in the 200 m dash.
Senior Tristan Huddleston placed third in the sectional with a shot put heave of 41′ 1″ which will send him to North Central as well.
All three relay teams are also headed to the regional. The 4 X 800 team of Conner Miller, Zane Kear, Dalton Winans and Zaine Pol lard-Kennedy ran a gutty 8:45.16 for third place.
The 4 X 100 Relay team placed third despite trouble with an exchange. Tyler Writtenhouse, Braydon Earls, Randall and Pierce move on with a season best time of :45.09. Coach Preston Proctor noted that Pierce made a beautiful pass at the line.
The 4 X 400 relay of Mitchell ,Writtenhouse, Isaac Smithson and Randall ran a season best 3:36.31 for third place. Randall ran down a strong Yorktown challenge in his last leg.
Other Bears who recorded season bests were:
Riley Moulton who took 24 seconds off in the 3200 m run to finish with a 11:30 time.
Writtenhouse ran a strong :53.80 to place fourth in the 400.
Pollard-Kennedy ran 7th in the 800 with a 2:07.55 time.