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Lafayette Jeff's Daniel Feltis receives the baton from teammate Shane Shipley during the 3,200 meter relay at last year’s sectional.

Lafayette Jeff’s Daniel Feltis receives the baton from teammate Shane Shipley during the 3,200 meter relay at last year’s sectional.

Central Catholic Knights

Coach: Mike DeBoy (eighth season)

2014 results: fifth in City/County; seventh in Hoosier Conference; 12th in Lafayette Jeff Sectional

Top individuals: Mick Krane, sr., distance; Grant Vogt, sr., sprints; Hollis Druhet, sr., sprints; Patrick Tulley, sr., hurdles, pole vault; Alex Schafer, jr., distance; Bob Krane, jr., distance; Jake Yeaman, so., throws; Patrick Lee, fr., throws; Nate Kerr, fr., distance; Luke Fusiek, jr., high jump

Noteworthy: Numbers have hurt the Knights program and the team is short on depth again. The Knights’ new track and field complex opens April 1 with a home meet against Crawfordsville.

Faith Christian Eagles

Coach: Corey Spriggs (first season)

2014 results: sixth in City/County

Top individuals: Jeremiah Campbell, jr.; Soosung Chung, sr.; Ben Devaney, fr.; Bryce Dillon, fr.; Joseph Green, jr.; Caleb Lendormon, fr.; Christian Morrison, so.; Jackson Opperman, so.; Nathanael Paige, fr.; Christian Rosana, fr.; Alex Schneidt, jr.; Luke Steffen, jr.; Samuel Vasquez, fr.; Troy Weger, sr.

Noteworthy: Campbell was 11th in the 200 and the discus at the Lafayette Jeff Sectional last year, while finishing 12th in the 100.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Mike Phillips (eighth season)

2014 results: fourth in City/County; 10th in Hoosier Crossroads Conference; fourth in Lafayette Jeff Sectional

Top individuals: Cameron Greene, sr., long jump (20-8), 200, 400 (50.9); Troy Garner, sr., high jump (6-1); Charlie Brinkerhoff, jr., 800 (2:02.7), 1,600 (4:28.6); Nick Ensinger, sr., middle distance; Jon DeGraw, jr., middle distance; Chris King, jr., sprints; Silas Jensen, sr., long jump, 400, 800; Zach Nance, so., pole vault (11-6); Skeyler Ford, sr., 3,200

Noteworthy: Brinkerhoff came within 2.5 seconds of the school’s 1,600 record and is in the hunt for that mark, along with the 800 record. He highlights strength for the Raiders in middle distance events and the Raiders expect to have consistency in the field events as well. Greene just missed out on a state berth in the 400 and also was the highest finishing non-senior in the long jump at the sectional.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Lance Vanvekoven (first season)

2014 results: second in City/County; eighth in Hoosier Crossroads Conference; second in Lafayette Jeff Sectional; 18th place at IHSAA state finals

Top individuals: Daniel Feltis, 3,200 (9:54); Joe Brisco, discus (133-6); Darian Collins, 400 (51.02); Cayce Griffin; Shane Shipley; Preston Forestal

Noteworthy: Feltis, Griffin, Shipley and Forestal combined to win the 3,200 relay sectional championship and Feltis, Griffin and Shipley were members of the Broncho cross country team that advanced to the state finals in the fall. That unit has a shot at breaking the school record in the 3,200 relay (8:01).

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Scott Muncy (15th season)

2014 results: Tipton Invite champions; third in City/County; ninth in Hoosier Crossroads Conference; third in Lafayette Jeff Sectional

Top individuals: Donnie Blount, jr., 100 (10.87), 200 (22.74); Chris Robison, jr., 100 (11.74); Salvador Salazar, jr., 200 (23.94); Hamid Muhammad, jr., 400 (54.03); Carson Minick, so., 400 (54.14); Justin Berryman, sr., 800 (2:01.21), 1,600 (4:52.37); Adam Fields, jr., 3,200 (10:03.52); Markeon Devine, jr., 110 hurdles (15.84), 300 hurdles (42.37), high jump (5-10); Nick Cox, sr., shot put (46-4); Russell Berning, sr., shot put (42-7), discus (126-4); Charles Phinisee, jr., high jump (5-10); Lucas Robinson, sr., pole vault (12-0); Dakotah Loveless, jr., long jump (19-4 ½)

Noteworthy: Blount advanced to state last season after finishing second in the 400 at the regional and hopes to improve off that performance, leading a young team that returns a lot of experience. Berryman projects to dip below the two-minute mark in the 800, leading an experienced group of distance runners. Cox was the sectional runner-up in the shot last season.

West Lafayette Red Devils

Coach: Lane Custer (35th season)

2014 results: City/County champions; Hoosier Conference champions; Lafayette Jeff Sectional champions

Top individuals: Cooper Williams, jr., 800 (1:57.3), 1,600 (4:18.4), 3,200 (9:10.08); Daniel Afolabi, jr., 100 (11.19), 110 hurdles (15.37), 300 hurdles (41.15); Jake Cohen, sr., 800 (1:58.98), 1,600 (4:22.43); Dom Patacsil, sr., 800 (2:04.1), 1,600 (4:28.8), 3,200 (9:38.04); Connor Chambers, sr., shot put (44-7); Jack Folkers, jr., 110 hurdles (44.96), 400 (54.30), 300 hurdles (43.74); Evan Jacobs, sr., shot put (46-3), discus (136-7); Casey Crosser, sr., discus (119-8); Evan Johnson, jr., 800 (2:06.17), 1,600 (4:24.43), 3,200 (9;48.9)

Noteworthy: Williams is the Red Devil record holder in the 3,200 and his third-place finish in the cross country state finals last fall led West Lafayette to the team title. With many catalysts to that cross country championship, the Red Devils believe repeating as “triple crown” champions in the county, conference and sectional and finishing in the top 10 at the state meet is a possibility as sectional 800 champ Jake Cohen and sectional 1,600 champ Evan Williams return.

Around the area

Kenny Little won Benton Central Sectional championships for Attica in the high jump and 400 last season and teammate Austin Durham was the sectional winner in the 800.

Senior distance standout Akis Medrano leads the returnees for Benton Central after claiming a sectional championship in the 1,600 a year ago.

Rossville’s Solomon Heffernan broke 10 minutes in the 3,200, finishing fourth at the Lafayette Jeff Sectional.

Defending sectional champion Tri-County will be aiming at a ninth title in 11 years on the strength of returning seniors Trystyn Nice and Kaden Musser, along with junior Austin Schneider.

Kody Snyder was the 3,200 champion at the Benton Central Sectional for Twin Lakes as a junior and also finished third in the 1,600.

Compiled by Sam King/sking@jconline.com

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