Sunday, June 04, 2000

Kentucky boys track roundup

Seniors lift Brossart to first title

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        LEXINGTON — It started in April when the Bishop Brossart boys track team heard a Kid Rock song and won a meet in Lockland.

        The Mustangs' run to a Class A state title ended Saturday with the school's first boys team title in school history. Brossart edged Harrodsburg 63.5-57 at the University of Kentucky.

        Jarrod Schmidt, one of 11 seniors, hugged the championship trophy after celebrating with the Brossart girls team, which won its fourth straight title. Schmidt may have been hoping he would not wake up and find out Brossart's title was a dream, but he never thought Saturday would even happen.

        “Every time somebody said (we could win), we blew it off,” Schmidt said. “Never could I imagine this.”

        But there were the Mustangs, creating new traditions: each member touching the flag pole near the finish line with an index finger; doing a circular dance on the backstretch with senior Marc Teismann in the middle, jumping with the trophy, and members of the boys team dunking several girls runners into a tub near the first aid area.

        Coach Brad Dunlevy credited Paul Sprong, coach for the field events and sprinters; Kyle Dawson, who handled strength and the throwers, and Rob Braun, who coached the distance runners.

        “I took care of the paperwork,” Dunlevy said. “This program has been brought from a low point to the best it's ever been.”

        The seniors were a major reason Brossart won.

        Teismann took the 3,200 run, and Tim Kaiser finished fourth. Schmidt was second in the 1,600 and third in the 800, and Sean McCauley was fourth in the 800 and 1,600.

        “It was doing what I did all year,” Teismann said of his race. “Stay with the top pack. I started to pull ahead with 900 meters to go.”

        Schmidt has two Class A state cross country titles, but where does a state track championship rate?

        “This is up there,” he said.

Class AA
        Highlands will be grumbling about the boys Class AA 1,600-meter relay for quite a while.

        The Bluebirds' Joe Salvato and Fort Campbell's Norgie Rivera were battling for second place behind Paducah Tilghman down the final stretch when Rivera veered right and forced Salvato even wider, and Fort Campbell finished two-hundredths of a second ahead.

        At first Fort Campbell was disqualified for the maneuver, which meant Paducah Tilghman won the boys team title and Highlands was second. About 15 minutes later, however, meet officials by a 2-1 vote reversed the ruling.

        The result: Fort Campbell finished first with 76 points, Paducah Tilghman was second with 74.5, and Highlands dropped to third with 68.

        “I was going to pass the kid,” Salvato said. “He saw me coming, he came out in the fourth lane, I had to go to the fifth lane ... If you read the (rule) book, that's illegal.”

        Rivera said there was no harm intended.

        “We were hitting shoulders, but I didn't think either of us made an attempt to knock each other over,” he said.

        The controversial ending almost obscured Highlands junior Brent Grover's discus title. His throw of 149 feet, 6 inches was 9 inches better than Bullitt East's Troy Williams' 148-9.

        The only thing that surprised Grover was that a toss under 150 feet was good enough to win.

        “But if it manages to win, that's OK with me,” Grover said. “I figured I had to throw 158 feet to win.”

Class AAA
        Covington Catholic senior David Leong had a year to think about finishing 10th in the 1999 discus competition.

        He can forget about that now. His toss of 153-5 won the title. At 6-2, 205 pounds, Leong was not the biggest thrower in the ring, and he was surprised his throw held up. “I put it all toward technique,” Leong said.

        North Hardin won the team title. CovCath placed fifth.

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