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Huntington North places second in tri match

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

BOYS GOLF

The Huntington North boys golf team came in second place at a Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) home tri match on Thursday, as the Vikings hosted Bellmont and East Noble.

Bellmont took home the overall match victory with a total of 166. Huntington North came in second with a team score of 186, while East Noble carded a score of 191.

The split pushed the Vikings’ season record to 3–5, including a 2–4 NE8 mark.

Caden Brubaker paced Huntington North with a 44, while Hank Pulver and Sawyer Stoltz each turned in efforts of 47.

Graham Scher rounded out the Viking quartet with a score of 48, while Ethan Vaught carded a non-scoring total of 51.

“It was a rough night to be playing, as the course was very wet and then half way in it unloaded on the guys,” said head coach Ron Vinson. “To their credit, they hung in there.”

Huntington North will return to the course on Saturday to compete in the Leo Invitational, while their NE8 schedule will be rounded out with a home match against New Haven on Tuesday.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

The Huntington North boys track and field team fell 92–40 to Homestead in a road non-conference meet on Thursday.

Despite the overall loss, the Vikings picked up wins in five events.

Brock Spahr earned Huntington North’s lone victory on the track, taking the title in the 800 meter run with a winning time of 2:01.3.

Other track event finishes of note for the Vikings included a pair of second-place outcomes for Drew Davis and Jacob Wust in the 1,600 meter run (4:54.0) and 3,200 meter run (10:21.0), respectively.

Although Huntington North claimed just one track event, the Vikings dominated in the field, earning wins in four of five events.

Ricky Haught enjoyed a successful day in the field, winning the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 1 inch and the pole vault with a height of 11 feet.

Christian Graft took the crown in the discus with a throw of 109 feet, 8 inches, while Jack Curless earned the shot put victory by over three feet with a distance of 42 feet, 5.5 inches.

Other notable field finishes for Huntington North included Max Hughes (second place, 107 feet, 4 inches) and Curless (third place, 107 feet) in the discus, Hughes (second place, 39 feet, 5 inches) and Graft (third place, 35 feet, 9 inches) in the shot put and Zach Hubartt (second place, 9 feet, 6 inches) in the pole vault.

“This meet was a good tune-up for next Thursday's Sectional meet,” said head coach Scott Bower. “In the 800 meters, Brock Spahr and Ryan Ruppert, two of the best distance runners in our Sectional, raced side by side for the last 300 meters and Spahr edged out Ruppert (by one-tenth of a second) at the finish line with a nice time of 2:01.3. I don’t know if they’ll get to race each other next week, as Spahr will be in the 1,600 meters and Homestead may have Ruppert focus on the 3,200 meters, so it was fun to watch them compete on Thursday. Ricky Haught had some good jumps at the pole vault in wet weather and Jack Curless improved by a foot in the shot put.”

The meet concluded the Vikings’ regular season, as their next outing comes in the Sectional meet held at New Haven on May 16 at 5 p.m.