By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola thrower Chris Boyd continues to build off last season’s all-state accolades and last Friday night the junior took another large step forward. Boyd went big at the twenty-three team Spartan Classic setting a personal record in one event to take runner-up honors and won the second event.
He came up just shy of a title in the discus launching it a career best 167.75 feet adding second place points to the Warriors team scores. He found the top of the podium in the shot, donating even more points to coach Ryan Hornaday’s squad with the second best throw during his time at TCHS denting the sand at 57.5 feet.
Senior Haven Hatfield landed two spots back in the third delivering a personal best throw of 46.75 feet. Sophomore Will Foltz scored the field as well securing fourth place points in the pole vault clearing just over 12.5 feet. Hornaday’s horde ended their night in fourth place landing behind just Class 2A Mt. Zion and a very good state ranked ALAH team.
Foltz donated to the team effort, joining classmates Jackson Barrett and Josiah Hortin in the 4×800-meter relay. The three-second year runners took care of the first three legs of the race. Senior Logan Wallace finished it off as the anchor crossing the line first place overall eclipsing the relay’s best time of the year by over 15 seconds breaking the tape in eight minutes and 31 seconds. Seniors Connor Lewis and Krish Patel connected with juniors Hunter Branca and Ben Hornaday to produce top ten performances in the 4×100 and the 4×200 taking 10th and 7th respectively.
Branca and Hornaday were near misses in the top ten of their open races. Branca turned in a personal best time of 11.74 seconds in the 100-meter while Hornaday cruised to a PR in the 200 with a time of 24.92 taking 14th overall. Bryce Graves was strong in the Frosh/Soph 200 landing in 4th. Senior Logan Wallace ended his night in 9th in the open 400 with a time of 56.48. Foltz ran the Frosh/Soph version posting a 7th place outing. Fourth year runners Thomas Brown and John Hegarty rounded out the middle distance races for the coach, both casting PR’s in the 800.
Senior Riley Nolan left SJO with a pair of PR’s setting personal bests in the 1600(4:54) and the 3200(10:37). Hortin (4:49.25) and Barrett (4:49.23) shined in the Frosh/Soph 1600 in a virtual dead heat sweeping the top two spots while junior Tristan Gadomski added a PR to his season stat sheet in the varsity 110-meter high hurdles.