MILTON — By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
MILTON -- Peruse the results of Tuesday's girls track and field meet between Milton and Danville, it looks easy to identify the downfall of the Black Panthers in the battle of Heartland Athletic Conference-Division II undefeateds.
The Ironmen dominated the distance events, sweeping the 800, 1600, 3200 and the 3200 relay, accounting for 32 points in a meet they won by 22 points.
"It was the distances, we don't have any distance runners to run with Danville," Milton coach Rod Harris said.
However, it was some of the Ironmen's field performances that allowed them to remain undefeated in the HAC-II in an 86-64 victory over the Black Panthers.
"We have a strong distance program for sure this year. That's one of our key points, but we needed all of our areas to come through," Danville coach Jeff Brandt said. "Getting the first and second in the javelin was key because they have good throwers and our jumpers held their own."
The Black Panthers (3-2 overall, 3-1 HAC-II) actually won five of the seven field events, but that 1-2 finish in the javelin by the Ironmen and sweeping second and third in four of the five Milton wins allowed Danville (5-1 overall, 5-0 HAC-II) to outpoint the Black Panthers in the field.
"The paper I carry around in my pocket I had the meet scored 71-79 them. As the meet was going on, things were happening that I didn't expect. They have two good sprinters and we went 1-2 in the 100. That was big points we picked up right away in the beginning of the meet," Harris said. "But it was a couple of events that hurt us, the javelin where they went 1-2 and when they swept us in the 800, that was the nail in the coffin. If we were going to get points in the distance races, it would be in the 800."
It wasn't a shock that Danville's Shelby Freedman won the javelin, the junior owns a throw of 150 feet this season, but Kasey Getkin was able to grab second with a throw of 106-2 for the Ironmen.
Sophomores Mallory Jones and Hannah Maize, along with freshman Nicole Maffei swept the 800 for Danville, nudging out Milton's top 800 runner Mel Hartley, who had won the 400 earlier in the event.
Jocelyn Pascul and Vicki Soltys had huge days for the Black Panthers. Pascul won the 200 (27.6), triple jump (34-6 ½) and the high jump (4-8). Soltys won the long jump (15-4) and pole vault (9-6), while finishing second in the 100. Both Pascul and Soltys also ran legs on the winning 400 relay team.
Jones also won the 1600 and ran legs on winning 1600 relay and 3200 relay.
n Milton 109.5, Danville 40.5
Milton's depth in the sprints and double individual winners Travis Krall, Norman Whaley and Josh Brown helped the Black Panthers remain undefeated in the HAC-II.
The Black Panthers (5-0 overall, 4-0 HAC-II) swept the 100 and 200, won the 400 relay and had the top two spots in both hurdles races.
Our kids did a good job today. We did what needed to do. Our sprints I kind of expected that," Milton coach Tom Leeser said. "Our sprinters are good for our area, but I'm anxious to see how the fare in districts and out of the area. We have three real good ones that push each other."
Tyrel Kling (11.4), Chris Reuss (11.5) and Trevor Zimmerman (11.7) swept the 100, while the order was Zimmerman (24.1), Kling (24.2) and Reuss (24.7).
Krall won the discus (110-11) and the shot put (44-10 ½). Brown took the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.7) and the javelin (178-2), while Whaley won the 110 hurdles (16.7) and the triple jump (40-7 ¾).