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Viking boys seeking track & field success

Blue River Valley senior Andrew Whitinger makes his way around the track in one of the distance events during a track & field dual meet at Tri March 26.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

MOUNT SUMMIT — As a small Indiana high school, Blue River Valley always looks for a number of athletes to turn out for most of its athletic teams, and that appears to be the case for the Viking boys track & field team this season.

This comes on the heels of a pretty good season in 2017.

“We finished a good season last year with a 6-6 dual/triangular meet record, second place in both the Henry County meet and Eastern Hancock Invitational, third in the Mid-Eastern Conference, and fifth at Hagerstown,” Blue River Coach Paul Harper stated.

Harper spoke a bit about his turning athletes and the events in which they will compete.

“Our returnees are senior Austin Bronnenberg in distance, senior Jerry Farmer in mid-distance, senior Craig Johnson in throws, junior Joey Liles in mid-distance and jumps, junior Brent Madison in throws, sophomore Keaton Perdue in distance, sophomore Davin Rowe-Strouse in hurdles, sophomore JP Stewart in throws, junior Andrew Whitinger in distance, and junior Noah Graat in sprints. Newcomers for the Vikings this year are junior Matthew Mills in jumps and sprints, sophomore Jacob Madden in jumps, freshman Bryce Klein in throws and jumps, and freshman Trevor Madison in throws. Blue River got off to a winning start for the 2018 season by edging host Tri 56-55 in a dual meet March 26. That day, the Vikings had dual winners in Rowe-Strouse (110m and 300m hurdles) and Whitinger (1600m and 3200m runs). Also placing first for Blue River were Liles in the 800m run and Klein in the high jump.

“We lost seven seniors from the squad last year as well as three who didn’t return for various reasons,” Harper added, “so our goals are to learn the events and to get better with each meet. The distance kids have the most experience, so they will have to carry the load.”

Blue River hosts Cowan in a boys and girls meet today.