MUNCIE – When Dominique Hood’s final attempt in the shot put was announced at 43-feet-11-inches on Thursday, the Central senior’s teammates and coaches cheered. The reaction was warranted.
Hood won the shot put at the Central Sectional with that throw, and those 10 points helped his team clinch the team title. Central won with 122 points, while second-place Yorktown finished at 118. The meet was held at Delta because of an event in memory of Sheriff Mike Scroggins being held in Muncie Fieldhouse.
Shot put was the last event to be completed, and Yorktown entered it with a two-point edge in the team standings. With Hood delivering 10 points, the Bearcats pulled ahead for the title. Hood said he was told during the finals how tight the team race was, and he was confident his team would win once he turned in his 43-11.
“I was happy, excited, just everything came out of me and I was just happy I won,” Hood said.
Delta finished third with 83 1/2 points, while Monroe Central was fourth at 81 points. Winchester finished fifth at 46 1/2.
Hood also won the discus, with a mark of 135-7, so he was a critical piece of Central’s team victory.
“I knew he had to throw over 43 feet (in shot put,)” Central coach Jason Wray said. “So it’s a lot of relief, this past week has been crazy stressful. Because I knew it was going to be close. So, yeah, it’s satisfying.”
Central also got wins in both the 3,200 and 400 relays en route to the title. The Bearcats’ Tariq Bell won the 800 (2:07), Andre Wells took pole vault (8-4) and Jeremiah Bailey won the long jump at 19-4.
“It’s kind of ironic how this all came together,” Wray said. “Hood from Southside, Keydrick (Carter) is a Southside kid, if it wasn’t for the consolidation, we’re nowhere close. So it’s really satisfying how the parts came together. Three months ago, back in the second week of February when we started, we had no clue what was going to happen. We didn’t know where guys were going to fit, so for it to all come together here is real, real satisfying.”
Other notable winners included Delta’s Mason Bechdolt, who won both hurdle events. Bechdolt finished the 110 hurdles in 14.64 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.77 seconds. Winchester’s Kiante Enis won the 100 in 10.96 seconds. Yorktown’s Dawson Allen won the 200 (23.36) and Allen’s teammate Riley Miller won the 400 (51.98). Yorktown also won the 1,600 relay.
Cowan’s Blake Brooks won the 1,600 (4:47.35) and Wapahani’s Alex Herbst won the 3,200 in 10:35.90. Jay County’s Aaron Neal won high jump (5-10).
Blackford 13th at Marion
Blackford finished 13th at the Marion Sectional with 4 1/2 points. The Bruins’ Wyatt Maddox tied for fourth in the high jump at 5-8 to generate those points.
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