asked Tracy Prigg, the Wheaton athletic director, while watching the Trojans win their first conference track title since 1998.
For years, McAuley and Thomas Jefferson have dominated the Ozark 7 Conference track meet by dominating the field events and sprints. Distance-oriented Southwest always impressed in the longer races but couldn't overcome the early point totals of their competition.
Last Tuesday, the Trojans flipped the table, holding serve in the field events, then dominating both distance and sprints to run away with the boys' crown. Southwest athletes amassed 202 points, leaving McAuley in second with 142 points and the remaining teams far behind.
It was a grueling afternoon for Southwest's 13 boys. After earning four bronze medals in the 1,600 meters, 400 meters, 300-meter hurdles, and 800 meters, Dustin Breedlove lay exhausted on the rainswept track. Luke Hackett vomited from fatigue just before the 3,200-meter event, and then gutted out a third place effort in his fourth event.
"This meet is always the ultimate interval workout," said Southwest coach Lee Stubblefield. He pointed to lessened recovery times between events as the greatest obstacle athletes have to overcome to win the conference championship.
Southwest boys earned 35 medals overall while claiming the team trophy. Daulton Rivas won three individual gold medals to lead the parade. The Trojans swept all the medals in the 1,600-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter and 3,200-meter races and placed first, second and fourth in the 400-meter dash enroute to their winning totals.
The Lady Trojans were represented by Doniel Leachman and Katrina Harmon, who placed second and third respectively in the 1600-meter run.
The Trojan boys' individual results are listed below.
Shot put: Randy Burns, fifth.
High jump: Burns, third; Levi Roberts, fifth; and Matt Whittington, sixth.
Long jump: Burns, fifth.
Triple jump: Burns, second.
3,200-meter relay team of Devon Munday, Kyle Buttrum, Luke Hackett and Logan Pendergraft, first.
100-meter dash: Daulton Rivas, first; Roberts, fourth; and Josh Hartin, fifth.
110-meter hurdles: Whittington, third.
800-meter relay team of Munday, Rusty Johnson, Josh Johnson and Chie Shee Yang, second.
1600-meter run: Pendergraft, first; Buttrum, second; and Dustin Breedlove, third.
400-meter relay team of Roberts, Hartin, J. Johnson and Yang, second.
400-meter dash: Rivas, first; Breedlove, second; and Hackett, third.
300-meter hurdles: Breedlove, third; and Rivas, sixth.
800-meter dash: Pendergraft, first; Hackett, second; and Breedlove, third.
200-meter dash: Rivas, first; Roberts, second; and Hartin, third.
3,200-meter run: Buttrum, first; Pendergraft, second; and Hackett, third.
1,600-meter relay team of Munday, R. Johnson, Whittington and J. Johnson, second.