Brownstown boys win first Braves’ Relays since 2009


BROWNSTOWN — The last time Brownstown hosted their ‘Braves Relays’ was in 2009, this reporter was in second grade when that happened.

Defending their home track with a first-place finish for the boys on Saturday over schools like Bedford North Lawrence, Corydon Central, Charlestown and North Harrison.

The Braves won the meet with a team score of 105. Corydon finished in second at 72, followed by Bedford at 63. Charlestown finished in fourth with 33, while North Harrison ended in fifth with 25 team points.

Boys Head Coach Derrick Koch spoke about getting the victory on senior day.

“We were definitely happy to win the first reboot of the Brownstown relays,” Koch said. “I’m glad it’s back, and I’m glad Brownstown was able to win it today. It really could’ve gone either way, we knew Corydon would have a good team, and Bedford always has a good number of athletes to compete.”

The team racked up 9 event wins on the day. In relays, Brownstown won the 4×200 and 4×800. They also took the top spot in the 3200-meter relay, and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay.

The freshmen would win both their relays in the 4×100 and 4×400. Issac Hutchinson took first place in both of his field events, winning the shot put and discus throw competitions for the Braves.

Hudson Fritz was the other winner, taking the top spot in the 100-meter dash. The runner-up finishes for Brownstown came from Jack Pace in the Long Jump, and Shane Ratliff in the 1600-meter run.

Coach Koch spoke about some strengths for the Braves this season.

“Our seniors, we have a really good group of seniors right now. Who are good leaders, and we’re excited about that. You can see it on our relay teams, the seniors have been stepping up for us.” Koch said. “We’ve also got some talented young athletes, like our throwers, who did a great job on Saturday. We were really pleased with their scores and effort.”

It was also senior day for the Braves as Fritz, Traven Wellman, Ryan Branaman, Isaiah Engle, Bryce Peak, Garrett Driver, and Brady Blann were recognized on the boys’ team for their hard work over the past four seasons.

Driver spoke about his performance on Saturday.

“It turned out to be an absolutely fantastic day to run,” Driver said. “The great weather led to some great times for the whole team, including me. Everyone ran well, and we are ecstatic about the win,” Driver said. “We had some tough competition today, so all in all, it was a pretty good win.”

Driver mentioned that ‘senior day’ was a sad and joyful day for the team.

“Senior day is always tough, because you realize that your time is coming to an end competing here,” he said. “If you don’t run at the next level, this is one of your final meets. It’s very emotional, but also a lot of fun at the same time.”

Driver spoke about the bond the team and the athletes share.

“When you get to run with these guys for four years, you really do realize how much of a family that you have here at Brownstown,” he said.

As we sit here moving towards the end of April, spring sports only have a little more than a month left remaining. Coach Koch has the team working every day for the end of the season.

“We just have to keep working, gearing up for conference and sectionals, where we always see plenty of good competition,” he said.

Brownstown will travel to Brown County on Tuesday for a meeting at 5:30 p.m. The Braves then compete in the Salem Invite on Thursday at the same time.

Team Scores:

1, Brownstown Central, 105. 2, Corydon Central, 72. 3, Bedford 63. 4, Charlestown, 33. 5, North Harrison, 25.

Individual Results:

100 Meter Dash- 1, Hudson Fritz, 11.2, Brownstown. 6, Jack Pace, 11.6, Brownstown. 400 Meter Dash- 5, Garrett Driver, 52.2, Brownstown. 11, Hunter Toppe, 1:01.08, Brownstown.

1600 Meter Run- 2, Shane Ratliff, 4:37.30, Brownstown. 3, Chance Ratliff, 4:38.30, Brownstown. 9, Damian Owens, 5:16.40, Brownstown. 16, Traven Wellman, 5:32.90, Brownstown.

110 Meter Hurdles- 1, Darrius Megnin, 15.5, Corydon. 2, Isiaah Engle, 16.3, Brownstown. 5, Gregory Hutcheson, 17.2, Brownstown. 6, Trey Sweany, 18.1, Brownstown.

4×100 Meter Relay- 1, Corydon Central, 44.5 (C. Lawyer, J. Wate, D. Megnin, L. Scharrer). 2, Brownstown Central, 44.9, (I. Engle, J. Pace, G. Hutcheson, H. Fritz)

4×200 Meter Relay- 1, Brownstown Central,1:33.30, (H. Fritz, J. Pace, G. Driver, I.Engle)

4×400 Meter Relay- 4, Brownstown Central, 4:45.90, (G. Hutcheson, H. Fritz, S. Ratliff, G. Driver)

4×800 Meter Relay- 1, Brownstown Central, 8:47.90, (E. Crockett, D. Owens, C. Ratliff, S. Ratliff).

3200 Meter Relay- 1, Brownstown, 8:47.90.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay- 1, Brownstown Central, 54.1, (G. Hutcheson, T. Sweany, R. Hehman, I. Engle).

High Jump- 5, Nathaniel Conyer, 5’ 2”, Brownstown.

Long Jump- 2, Jack Pace, 19’ 1.75”. 7, Bryce Peak, 16’ 6”. 12, Landon Ault, 14’ 9”, Brownstown.

Pole Vault- 4, Bryce Peak, 5’ 2”, Brownstown.

Shot Put- 1, Isaac Hutchinson 42’ 8” , Brownstown. 5, Jaden Disque, 40’ 7”, Brownstown. 6, Sloan Stuckwisch, 39’ 2”, Brownstown.

Discus Throw- 1, Issac Hutchinson, 139’ 0”. 3, Jaden Disque, 133’ 3”. 4, Ethan Wheeles, 106’ 1”, Brownstown.

Freshmen Events

4×100 Meter Relay- 1, Brownstown Central, 49.0, (L. Ault, M. Cowan, W. Miller, H. Toppe

4×400 Meter Relay: 1, Brownstown Central, 3:52.70, (E. Crockett, N. Conyer, L. Ault, B. Dean).

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