By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs put up a challenge for the Class 1 state track title Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City, but came up short. The Dawgs picked up 38 points for the two-day meet held at Dwight Reed Stadium to take third place. Greenfield won the state title with 57.5 points, which was 7 points ahead of runner-up Salisbury. LaPlata captured the final team trophy with a fourth-place total of 35 points.
The Hardin-Central 4 x 400 team brought back the lone first-place medal for the meet. The team of Spencer Wheeler, Rhyler Estenbaum, Riley Gorham and Wyatt Craven placed second in their qualifying heat with a time of 3 minutes, 35 seconds, but in the finals, they turned in a time of 3:31.4 to edge runner-up Greenfield by just under 2 seconds.
The 4 x 800 relay team finished third. Gage Marshall, Estenbaum, Gorham and Sean Utley were timed in 8:25.9, which was just 5.14 seconds off the pace of New Haven’s team. Greenfield took second place with 8:24.85. The 4 x 200 team of Estenbaum, Wyatt Craven, Nick Periman and Wheeler ran a preliminary time of 1:34.21 and in the finals, they also finished fourth with 1:35.57.
Estenbaum took fourth place for the Bulldogs in the 800 meters. The sophomore finished in 2:03.47 and just .90 seconds away from a third-place medal. Seth Schenck of New Haven had the winning time of 1:57.46.
Craven was fifth in the 400 meters. The Bulldog junior ran a finals time of 51.79 Saturday after turning in a time of 51.82 in Friday’s preliminaries. Craven did not qualify for the finals of the 200-meter dash after finishing 11th in Friday’s preliminaries with a time of 23.63.
The complete story is in the Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Richmond News.