The predicted rain held off.
The Dock boys track and field team could not be.
The Pioneers used a huge second day performance to overtake the field and make history by snapping Holy Ghost’s 23-year winning streak and claiming the Bicentennial Athletic League team title Thursday at Holy Ghost.
Dock pulled away from Holy Ghost and the field to win 171-116.50 over the defending champions. It took the Pioneers’ high-end talent like Track Athlete of the Meet Austin Kratz and Field Athlete of the Meet Alex Martin, but there were also significant contributions from an accomplished supporting cast that was determined to overcome a 15-point deficit after Day One.
Kratz won the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and long jump while Martin captured the shot put and discus. Nick Smith won the 110-meter hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles after battling sickness the first day. Nick Halstead had a breakthrough in the high jump, the 4×800 relay dropped massive time and the 4×100 and 4×400 held up fine with some new faces, Ian Anderson came up mightily in the 400 meters and Evan Mong made a big improvement in the pole vault.
Dock sat where it expected after the first day’s competition. Martin won the shot put at 52-feet-5½, one foot off his best. The senior won the discus by almost 22 feet with a throw of 158-3.
Mong cleared a personal-best 9-feet-6 to place third in the pole vault. Jesse Mong tied for fifth for 3.50 points at 8-feet. The 4×800 relay of Evan Mong, Halstead, Marques Brockington and Ian Anderson ran a season-best 8:29.73 for second place and moved to the top of District 1 AA. Isaiah Denlinger, who ran a season-best in the 1,600 meters of 5:00.82 on the second day, placed seventh in the 3,200 meters in 10:52.38, just off his season best, in the only individual track final of the first day.
The second day opened with inspired performances on the track and in the field. Kratz won the long jump at 21-11 and Austin Nice moved up one spot over his seeding to finish second with 20-5. Dylan Rush took eighth with 18-9¾.
On the track, Smith won the 110 hurdles in 15.44 seconds. Thomas Schreiber was fifth in 16.70 seconds.
Kratz won the 100 meters in 10.91 seconds with Smith taking third in 11.33 seconds, Praise Zoegar getting seventh in 11.68 seconds and Nice placing eighth in 11.70 seconds. The 100 was the first of the events to push Dock to the top.
Zoegar, Smith, Nice and Rush teamed up for first in the 4×100 relay in 43.77 seconds as Dock began to stretch its lead toward double digits.
It helped tremendously when Halstead, who wasn’t seeded to score, cleared a personal-best 5-10 to tie for second place in the high jump. Misrahim Nyagwegwe took fifth when he cleared 5-6.
The 400 meters followed on the track, and Kratz and Anderson went 1-2 in a personal-record and school-record 49.32 for Kratz and personal-record 50.99 for Anderson, while Halstead came over from high jump for eighth place in the quarter-mile in 53.39 seconds. The event put Dock firmly in control midway through Day Two.
Smith wanted more than second in 40.98 for the 300-meter hurdles, but his runner-up finish and Schreiber’s fifth added more points to Dock’s total and grew the lead.
Addison Schweizerhof picked up a point and a district qualifier with a throw of 128-2 for eighth place in the javelin.
Anderson was back on the track for the 800 meters, and he took eighth in 2:06.99. It was enough for a 40-point lead with two events left.
Kratz sealed his top track performer event with a win in the 200 in 22.08 seconds. Nice was sixth in 23.67 seconds.
The 4×400 finished with a flourish in second. Halstead, Evan Mong, Brockington and Nyagwegwe closed the meet in second in 3:33.97. It was a convincing win and showcased the strength and depth of a Dock team that secured its place in BAL history for head coach Tim Eger, who was named the BAL Coach of the Year.