A tightly contested track meet is an understatement when describing the two day 3A west track meet. It was so tightly contested in fact that it was not officially decided until almost 3 days after the track meet had concluded. However when the dust had settled Montgomery County’s Damascus High school emerged victorious.
Although there were many great individual performances on both Wednesday and Thursday, the race for the 3A regional title for all intensive purposes became a two horse race between Damascus and Urbana, who in the end were only separated by 3.5 points ( 98 to 94.5 respectively). This result did not become official until after a committee meeting on Sunday morning in which it was determined that Dylan Straughan of B-CC had indeed come in fourth place, which qualified him for states, and with the points not awarded to Urbana, Damascus was able to claim the 3A west title.
Key performances from Wil Zahorodny in the 800 (1st) as well as in relays, Drew Daggan in Shot Put (1st) and Discus (3rd), Nick Betts in Discus (1st), Matt Keating in Pole Vault (3rd), and Sam Weeks in both the 110 Meter Hurdles (3rd) and the 300 Meter Hurdles (3rd) helped to lead the Hornets to victory. Also Key contributions were made by Jake Furr and Joe Dobrzanski who finished 2nd and 3rd in Shot Put respectively. When asked about his feelings on winning the regional championship, senior Nick Betts replied “Going in to [the 3A west Championship] we knew we were capable of winning. Personally I knew that I needed to perform at a high level in order to help the team win and it felt great to know that I succeeded in doing that.”