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."