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Crawford Junior High wins PLAC meet


June 24, 2009
The Crawford County Junior High School boys' team came out on top in the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference track last month, besting second-place Paoli by 14 points. The Wolfpack won five events to secure the win.

"In addition to the five first places we had, we also had four second places, which really made up a ton of points for us," coach Jeff Balmer said. "The 4x400 relay team clinched the day, finishing second with a 4:10, the best time we have had in at least four years."

The five events Crawford County took home blue ribbons for included the shot put and discus, the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the high jump.

"Braydon Barron won the high jump for us, which is the third year in a row one of our high jumpers won conference in the high jump," Balmer said. "Johnny Schwartz won both the shot put and discus, which capped off an undefeated season in both events."

"Brandon Hawkins was the high-point man in the meet," the Crawford County coach said. "He won the 100 and 200, finished third in the long jump and was a part of our 4x100 team which finished third. He had 27-1/2 points on the day."

Crawford County's junior high boys' team finished with a 25-3 record.

"We set this as our goal at the beginning of the season, actually at the end of last year," Balmer said. "We didn't want to win conference this year, we intended to. It was a part of everything we talked about and did all year. The kids did an outstanding job of doing what they had to all year. I'm very proud and honored to have been their coach."

Team scores - Crawford County 116, Paoli 104, Perry Central 76, West Washington 23, Springs Valley 20, Mitchell 14, Orleans 10

Results - 110-meter hurdles-J. Rice (P) 17.49; 100-meter dash-B. Hawkins (CC) 12.41, 200-meter dash-B. Hawkins (CC) 25.40, 400-meter dash-G. Strange (P) 57.20, 800-meter run-A. Newton (PC) 2:18.38, 1,600-meter run-A. Newton (PC) 4:58, Long Jump-G. Strange (P) 17-1, Shot Put-J. Schwartz (CC) 42-8, Discus-J. Schwartz (CC) 116-7, High Jump-B. Barron (CC) 5-6, 4x100 Relay-Paoli 49.47, 4x400 Relay-Perry Central 4:02

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