Kocsis, Driver help Braves finish 3rd in MSC track meet

CORYDON — Brownstown Central’s Dustyn Kocsis and Garrett Driver came into the Mid-Southern Conference boys track and field meet Thursday as No. 1 seeds, and both came home as conference champions.

Kocsis won the discus with a throw of 153-7, while Driver won the 400 with a time of 52.06.

Kocsis also placed second in the shot put at 45-7, while Driver anchored the 4×400 relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 3:36.53.

Those performances helped the Braves score 87 points to finish third, just behind Salem with 92 points and Charlestown with 96 points.

Braves coach Derrick Koch said he was pleased with their effort.

“I felt like we had a great effort. We just came up a little bit short, and that’s disappointing, but the effort was there for the most part,” he said. “It was a tough meet to take. We knew it was going to be close and we were going to have to perform at our absolute best. Having two conference champions is exciting for those guys. They were seeded well, and they came here and did the job.”

Driver, a sophomore, ran in Lane 4 and said that is his favorite.

“I started strong, and I finished strong,” he said. “It feels good to be a conference champion. It will feel better when I get rested.”

His seed time was 52 seconds, and he was hoping for a personal best and said he is hoping to achieve that at the sectional Thursday at Bedford North Lawrence.

Driver said it will take hard work and lots of rest to break 52 seconds at BNL.

“I have a good amount of recovery time between races,” he said.

Kocsis said he had a good series of throws in the discus.

“My first throw was 147, and the rest of my throws were in the 150s. This is definitely not my favorite place to throw discus. It’s a little bit uphill. It is what it is,” he said. “It feels good to be a conference champion. All of middle school, I was a conference champion, and last year, I was a conference champion.”

The senior was hoping for two blue ribbons as he was tied for first seed with Colin Davenport of Charlestown in the shot put at 49 feet. Davenport won with a throw of 47 feet.

“I wasn’t at my best today in the shot,” Kocsis said. “(Davenport) beat me by a foot and a half. I think I’m seeded first in discus and second in shot at sectional. Bedford has some really nice facilities. I like throwing at Bedford.”

Driver teamed up with Lane Zike, Gregory Hutcheson and Isiaah Engle to run the 4×400 relay in 3:36.53. Zike, Engle, Hudson Fritz and Hutcheson ran the 4×100 relay that was third at 46.01, and the 4×800 relay was seventh.

“I was real happy with the relays,” Koch said. “We PR’ed in every single one of them. We had a few other PRs. It was harder for the distance guys. Their times were down, but overall, I’m happy with how we competed.”

Hutcheson was third in the 300 hurdles (43.25) and Engle was fourth (43.65), and Engle was eighth in the 110 hurdles.

Caleb Cummings was fifth in the 100 and seventh in the 200, and he tied for seventh in the high jump. In the distance, Shane Ratliff was fifth and Chance Ratliff seventh in the 1600, Bradley Edwards was sixth in the 800 and Chance Ratliff was fifth in the 3200.

Brayden Millick was fifth in both the shot put and discus, and Landon Wilkins was eighth in the pole vault.