By Matt Nestor
The final leg of the final event was the deciding factor in the NIC-10 boys’ track championship at Harlem.
Jefferson’s Jake Gorsuch lost the lead on the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay to Hononegah’s Ben Friske, and all seemed well for the conference favorites. But Gorsuch came back on the final turn to retake the lead and to win the event, enough to catapult the J-Hawks to a tie for the championship.
It was a full team effort for the J-Hawks, who won seven events and finished second in four other events.
Royce Dixon led the way for the J-Hawks. Dixon won the 100- and 200-meter dash, as well as taking part in the 800 relay, where Jefferson took first, and the 400 relay, where they were second.
Teammate Stevie Hartzell also performed well, winning the long jump and finishing second in the 200. He also teamed with Dixon in the relay events.
Cory Householder of Harlem won both hurdle events, winning the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 39.93 and the 110 high hurdles at 14.71. His teammate, Christian Traff, also won the pole vault.
Paul Zeman of Belvidere North won two events, winning the mile and 2-mile runs. Alex Czechowicz of North won the shot put.
It was a bittersweet victory for the conference favorite Indians. Dragan Simic helped them tie for first by winning the 800. He was also a part of the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams, which both took second.
From the May 19-25, 2010 issue