FORTVILLE — Mount Vernon's boys track and field sectional, postponed Thursday because of weather, experienced further delays Friday night.
A software issue with the photo finish machine that compiles results caused the running events to start behind schedule, and the finals commenced almost an hour later than the planned time.
When the on-track finals finally began, there were some scintillating performances by area athletes, and a couple of record setters.
Shenandoah senior Gabe Young scored 26 points for his team, with a win and school record in the 200-meter dash, after coming in second by a nose in the 100 and also placing second in the long jump.
Liberty Christian senior Negesse Kishpaugh was on the right end of a photo finish in the 800 run, against Lapel's Luke Combs, with Milan Jones of Pendleton Heights right behind.
Combs, a junior, did emerge on top in the 1600, as did Anderson senior Ontarius Jones in the shot put, PH sophomore Andrew Harvey in the discus, and four of his Arabian teammates in the 4x800 relay.
PH placed second with 112 points, 14 behind Lawrence North. Anderson (55.33) was fourth.
Young completed the meet of his life by blazing to a 21.94-second 200, avenging a most narrow defeat to Mount Vernon's Dawai Langston in the 100. Young was 1/100ths of a second shy on the 100; he ran 10.91.
In the long jump, Young leaped 20 feet 4 inches, second by three-quarters of an inch.
"I'm pretty satisfied now," Young said. "I really wanted to get first in all three, but that's OK. I think I can improve in the (Ben Davis) regional and I can get to work next week and try to do better."
Kishpaugh got out in front in the 800 and briefly fell back of Combs down the stretch, but he retook command in the final 20 meters and held off the Lapel junior by 1/100ths of a second, in 1:57.95, a new Liberty Christian record. Jones ran 1:58.78.
"It was a good pace and I knew the second lap. I had to go and I didn't look back from there, until (Combs) passed me," Kishpaugh said. "My leg almost gave out at the end."
It was all Combs in the 1600, whose 4:26.68 was six seconds better than runner-up Kishpaugh.
Harvey took the discus at 141-9, and Ontarius Jones threw the shot 51-2 1/2, with Harvey second.
PH's Jones, Sean Roan, Caleb Harrington and Jayden Wenning combined to win the 4x800, in 8:13.21.
Other Arabian individuals advancing to Thursday's Ben Davis regional were Seth Ledford (third in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Roan (second in the 3200), Caden McClain and Nate Spencer (2-3 in the high jump) and Nick Taylor (third in the pole vault).
PH's 4x400 squad of Jones, Ledford. Seth Leicht and Trevor Ellyson was second.
Anderson's 4x100 team of Avery Malone, Arriyone Hall, Curtis Lewis and Jesse Sawyer finished second. Malone placed third in the 100.
Anderson Prep Academy's Michael Taylor ran third in the 400.
At the Marion sectional, Alexandria's Camden Peavler and Nick Kaufman placed 1-2 in the high jump Thursday, with senior Peavler leaping 6 feet and freshman Kaufman 5-10.
Alex senior Colin Bradford was third in the shot put, contested Friday. The Tigers placed ninth with 31 points.
Frankton senior Dimitri Margaritidis ran second in the 800 Thursday at Marion. The Eagles (32) were eighth.
Madison-Grant senior AJ Jones captured the shot put at the Kokomo regional Friday (51-8). His teammate Sinjin Turner was second in the 200 and both will compete in the Kokomo regional Thursday.