Double win from Belle helps Neuqua Valley win team title in Clash at the Coliseum
Viger, Bandukwala in spotlight with distance wins
Photo: Austin Belle on his way to the first of two wins Saturday at Lakes HS (Tony Holler Photo Credit)
By Michael Newman
Lake Villa, Ill – Neuqua Valley showed why they are one of the teams to watch for in Class 3A this spring. This year’s first big meet of the year with some of the top Boys team in the state provided some great performances in the 15 event meet.
Neuqua Valley dominated the team portion of the meet scoring 87 points for the team win. Plainfield South showed their team power and depth scoring 58 points to finish second. Homewood-Flossmoor (43.5 points), Edwardsville (40 points), and Grayslake Central (39.5 points) rounded out the top five.
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The Wildcats scored in 11 of 15 events to secure the win with three individual event titles a portion of it. Austin Belle of Neuqua Valley early in the season has developed into one of the top short distance sprinters in the state. The senior qualified for the state meet last year in the 400 Meter Dash.
The 60 Meter Dash was one of the anticipated events in this meet with the top two sprinters in the state Belle and John Gore of Homewood-Flossmoor who entered the meet with the state’s fastest time at 6.91 seconds. Belle got a great start in the final section of the event exploding out of the blocks. Gore also had a great start, but the start from Belle gave him the advantage. Five hundredth of a second separated the two runners with Belle recording the state’s fastest time (6.90) just ahead of the 6.95 run by Gore. Henry Kennedy of Dundee Crown ran 7.02 to finish second.
Belle came off the curve in the final 50-meters of the ninth section of the 200 Meter Dash behind Brian Stanton of Plainfield South. Belle passed Stanton in the final 15 meters to take home his second win of the meet (22.68) just ahead of Stanton.
James Ammenhauser was the third winner from Neuqua Valley in this meet with his second of three jumps in the Long Jump his best. Ammenhauser stood in second place in the second round with Kellen Brnfre of Edwardsville unleashing a 22-5.75 effort to take the lead in the first round. Ammenhauser replied with a 22-6.25 to take the lead for good and winning in the process.
The Triple Jump produced some great marks with three athletes going past 44-feet in their three jumps. Kaiden…
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