Jackson County boys show out at track sectionals


BEDFORD — Brownstown’s Dustyn Kocsis was seeded first in both the shot put and discus at sectionals on Friday night, and he lived up to the billing in both events.

Kocsis was sectional champion in the discus with a throw of 157-11 and in shot put with a toss of 50-2.75.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Kocsis. “Feels good. I’m excited.”

Kocsis said he was having trouble in shot put leading up to sectionals, but he wound throwing a personal best by about a foot.

“I think it might’ve been the confidence coming from discus,” Kocsis said. “I was just sectional champion in discus, and I was pretty excited about that, so it just carried over.”

Kocsis was a regional qualifier in discus last year, and now he’s going to regionals next week in both throwing events. He won’t be going alone, though, as teammate Brayden Millick placed third in discus with a 135-3.

“It’s awesome,” Kocsis said. “Me and him have been friends since eighth grade. We’ve always been really competitive with each other. It’s really nice having him. He knows what he’s talking about if I need to ask him a question. He’s a good teammate.”

Other regional qualifiers for the Braves were Isiaah Engle in the 300 hurdles, placing third at 42.07. Chance Ratliff was third in the 3200 at 10:57.60.

Lastly, the Braves 4×400 team of Gregory Hutcheson, Lane Zike, Engle and Garrett Driver placed third in 3:35.14.

The 4×400 relay was an exciting race at the end of the meet, which was won by the team from Seymour. Michael Proffer, Josh Rennekamp, Kyle Hileman and Jaylan Johnson took home first place with a time of 3:33.62.

Jennings County grabbed the lead on the Owls with 200 meters to go, but Johnson anchored it home for Seymour and regained the lead on the home stretch.

Johnson was also fourth in the 400 with a PR time of 51.68, but there was a scratch announced, so Johnson is heading to regionals in that event.

The other sectional champion for the Owls was Jude Bane in the 3200. Bane won the two mile with a time of 10:13.83.

“It feels good,” Bane said. “I was pretty gassed after the mile. I knew I had the advantage, but I didn’t think I’d get the win. Went out and had a good race, and it feels great.”

The reason Bane was tired from the mile was because he ran a PR time of 4:33.27 and placed third to qualify in the 1600 as well.

“I ended up making it for both,” Bane said. “It was close for the mile. With about 250 (meters) left, it wasn’t looking good, but I knew in the back of my mind I had a kick and could catch him.”

The other two regional qualifiers for Seymour were Bryson Darlage, who placed second in long jump with a PR jump of 21-2.75, and Jadrix Zumhingst, who placed third in pole vault with a PR of 10-0.

Trinity and Crothersville also competed in sectionals on Friday night. The Cougars’ Jake Holland placed sixth in the 110 hurdle finals in 16.29, and he was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 42.60. Crothersville’s Dirk Crater placed 11th in the mile with a time of 5:15.93.

Jennings County won the meet as a team with a score of 118. The following 10 places were Springs Valley, Seymour, Bedford North Lawrence, Salem, Brownstown, Orleans, Eastern (Pekin), Paoli, Trinity and Mitchell.

All regional qualifiers from Friday will be competing at Bloomington North next Thursday at 6 p.m.

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