NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence finished third in the Hoosier Hills Conference boys track meet at Jennings County on Friday night.
Floyd Central won the team title with 167.5 points, while New Albany was second with 127. The Stars totaled 79 points in the eight-team field.
BNL’s Cooper Holmes was second in the 1600 meter race in 4:41.28, while Lane Hawkins settled for second in the high jump at 6-4.
“We had some kids do some pretty good things,” BNL coach Brett Deckard said. “Our conference is tough, top to bottom.”
Holmes was also third in the 3200 (10:14.05), Aleric Juhl was third in the shot put (47-1 3/4), Cale Bunch was third in the discus (135-2) and Alan Anderson was third in the pole vault at 12-6.
BNL suffered a blow when Drew Shoufler and Wyatt Martin, two expected scorers and key contributors, were disqualified during the 100-meter dash. Tournament officials ruled they did not report to the race clerk before competing in the event and disqualified them from the entire meet.
Deckard, who vocally debated that ruling, was forced to replace them in the 400 relay. Shoufler had already finished his preliminary jumps in the long jump, and he still finished fourth at 19-8 1/2 despite missing the final three attempts.
Madison’s Duante O’Banion set a meet record while winning the 400 in 49.36. Floyd’s Jon Gunn won the 100 (11.20) and 200 (22.74) while also helping the Highlanders take the 400 relay. Floyd’s Cam Sturgeon won the shot (48-9) and discus (154-8).
The Stars will compete in the sectional at home on Thursday.