After edging Mount Vernon 114-112 to win its fourth consecutive conference championship last week, it became evident that the Pendleton Heights boys track and field team has seen its share of success in recent history.

But according to head coach Kevin Wolfe, last week’s Hoosier Heritage Conference championship marked the highlight of his coaching career.

“We have had a lot of success over the last five or six years with three sectional titles, many invitational victories and four consecutive conference titles, but in my four years of coaching this was the biggest win I have ever had,” said Wolfe.

And with the sectional meet quickly approaching, PH couldn’t have picked a better time to raise its level of performance.

“All over the place, kids were getting one more position than they were supposed to get (in the conference meet),” said Wolfe.

Today, the Arabians hope to continue this improvement as they travel to Mount Vernon (Fortville) for the sectional meet at 5:15 p.m.

The sectional features 13 schools, but Wolfe expects just a handful of teams to make any noise.

Those teams are Highland, which PH has lost to twice this season, Mount Vernon and Anderson.

“Highland will be the favorite, and after that I imagine that Mount Vernon will be the next best team,” said Wolfe. “I haven’t seen Anderson in about a month, but I imagine they will be strong as well. Between the four of us, we will place at the front of almost all of the races. It’s basically a four-team meet.”

In the Madison County Championship, which was held on April 11, Highland, PH and Anderson finished in the top three. Highland bested PH 166-120, while Anderson finished in third with 57. Mount Vernon did not compete in the contest.

But despite winning the HCC meet last week, Wolfe is executing a different strategy for the upcoming sectional meet.

Rather than putting the lineup together to compete as a team, which would give PH the best opportunity to claim the sectional title, Wolfe is instead trying to advance the as many individuals to the regional as possible.

Advancing to the regional tournament requires a top-four finish, and with a completely healthy squad, PH is looking to send just as many individuals as any other team in its sectional.

“The Highland team will be very successful in the sectional meet,” said Wolfe. “But in the regional meet, I believe that we can advance more kids to state than Highland. There is also a possibility we can come back and outscore Highland in the regional meet.”

Topping the list of individuals that could compete in the state meet is Nathan Hendershot, who is the best runner on the team, according to Wolfe.

“Our best shot at putting somebody in state is Nate (Hendershot) in the 800-meter,” said Wolfe. “Our second best attempt is Shane Smith, who is our shot putter. He has thrown 51 feet this year and is capable of advancing.”

Also hoping to make it to state are Evan Groninger (300-meter hurdles), Hunter Mills (3,200-meter run) and the 1,600-meter relay, which is made up of Hendershot, Groninger, Ray White and Jared Burke.

In addition, there are several more individuals that Wolfe expects to place in the top four at sectional and move to regional.

Those individuals are Chance Mahoney (high jump), Burke (800-meter run), Brad McNeil (300-meter hurdles), Jordan Huth (discus), Brandon Goodrick (discus), Kaleb Basey and all three relay teams.

“At the end of the sectional meet, I will know we were successful based on how many kids move on to the regional meet,” said Wolfe. “We’ve lost a lot of talent since last year, but the kids have improved a lot since the year has gone on, and we are a good team right now.”

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