By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Tracking improvement in track is simple. The numbers tell the tale. And by any measurement, Bedford North Lawrence is right on track.
The Stars posted impressive sweeps of Springs Valley and Eastern Greene on Thursday, winning a total of 18 events between the two teams. In the boys meet, BNL bolted away with 97 points, followed by Eastern (38) and Valley (31).
BNL also dominated the girls meet, scoring 74 points. The Blackhawks totaled 54 while the Thunderbirds tallied 35.
Drew Shoufler paced the BNL boys with three wins and a piece of a fourth with a relay victory. Cooper Holmes raced to easy wins in the distance events.
“The kids stepped up,” BNL coach Brett Deckard said. “We had a few hurting and sick, and they still ran well. The distance kids are getting better every night, so I’m very pleased with where we are because I didn’t know where we’d be after losing a lot from last year. We keep getting better every week.”
Shoufler was a Blue (Ribbon) Man Group by himself, winning the 100-meter dash (11.85 seconds), 200 (24.26) and the long jump (20-4). He also teamed with Jamey Deckard, Landon Grissom and Wyatt Martin to win the 400 relay (45.64).
Holmes left the field in his wake while taking the 1600 (4:51.57) and 3200 (10:40.99). Chance Pemberton (2:13.31) crossed first in the 800.
Lane Hawkins cleared 6-4 to win the high jump, Jacob Hobbs hurled the shot put 43-8, and Alan Anderson cleared 12-0 in the pole vault. The Stars also won the 1600 relay (3:43.96).
“Lane wants to keep pushing for 6-7,” Deckard said. “And he will get there.”
In the girls meet, Jillian Webb and Molly Lambrecht were double winners as BNL exceeded expectations with a team triumph.
“That was a good win for us,” BNL coach Jim Lewis said. “We have a lot of young kids and they’re getting better every meet. That was pretty big for us. It wasn’t so much the wins, it was chipping away with the seconds and thirds. We just hung in there the whole meet.”
Webb crossed the line first in the 400 (1:03.99) and sailed 15-2 1/2 to take the long jump. Lambrecht won the shot put (30-5) and discus (94-4 1/2).
Autumn Spence was first in the 1600 (6:05.87), Makena Moore took the 800 (2:38.74) and Jacy Hughes cleared 8-0 in the pole vault.
“Jillian had a big night,” Lewis said. “Makena’s run in the 800 was fun to watch. The young kids really filled in well.”
The Stars, in a rare scheduling move, will return to action on Friday, hosting Mitchell and Shoals.