By Chris Goltermann
Heritage School’s boys track team racked up an impressive 179 points to win this year’s GISA Region 1-AAA championship while now sending a large group of athletes to this year’s state meet.
Junior Koby Lord led the way for the Hawks en route to earning individual high-point honors after winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Heritage’s boys finished first or second in 12 of 15 events, missing out in only the hurdles and the high jump to hold off both Notre Dame (129) and Dominion Christian (103).
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Juniors Sovi Wellons and Emily Walker won events for Heritage’s girls including a pair by Wellons in the 800 (2:32.80) and 1,600 (5:28.82).
Walker led the shot put (27-11 3/4) while also qualifying for state in the discus, placing third.
The Hawks swept relay victories while getting help from three baseball players and soccer standout Peter Nell, who returned to action following an injury.
Nell joined Brandon Scruggs, Jon Jon Williams and Andrew Rich for a personal-best of 44.48 to win the 400 relay.
In the 1,600, junior Reece Overholt, Nell, Scruggs and Williams led challengers in 3:40.80.
Individually, Overhold and Ben Carnazzo led Heritage’s boys in the field with first-place finishes. Overholt won the long jump with a season best of 20-1 ½ and teammate Patrick Griffies took fourth .
Carnazzo set a season best in the shot put of 38-6 3/4, with Hawks teammate Jack Stanley in third at 35-5 ½.
Carnazzo and Stanley also scored in the discus, led by Stanley’s second-place mark of 101-4.
Jon Jon Williams and Scruggs placed second and third, respectively, in the triple jump before also doing the same in the 100.
Nell and Overhold led a one-two finish in the 400 in close efforts of 53.18 and 53.76, respectively.
Lord and Nell topped the field in the 800, crossing in 2:09.58 and 2:11.38.
Along with Lord’s victory of 5:00.84 in the 1,600, teammate Andrew Tvrdik also qualified for state with a third-place effort in 5:24.88.
Lord captured the 3,200 in 11:09.54, with Nathaniel Weinstein also scoring for the Hawks in a fifth-place effort.
Individual qualifying efforts for the Lady Hawks included senior Carissa Vazquez (3rd, 200), junior Cate Yancey (4th, 300 hurdles) and sophomore Kadence Jennings (3rd, long jump).
Scorers for Heritage’s girls also included Hailey Bracey (6th, 100, 200). Yancey was also sixth in the long jump and eighth in the 100.
Yancey, Wellons, Jennings and Bracey placed third in the 1,600 relay.