Sunset's boys muscle past tough Westview in track season kickoff

by: MILES VANCE - TOP CAT - Westview's Alec Smith leads (from left) Sunset's Mikey Fey, teammate RJ and Sunset's Mark Sussman during Smith's win in the 1500 meters at Westview High School on March 20.

ROCK CREEK — Spring break may have been looming on the horizon, but the Sunset and Westview boys track teams got after it like no one was thinking vacation.

The Apollos, visiting Westview in both teams' Metro League opener on March 20, held the upper hand on the track and in the throws and used that advantage to beat the Wildcats 79-66 at Westview High School. The win lifted Sunset into a first-place tie with Lincoln at 1-0, while Westview fell to 0-1.

For Sunset junior Will Darmohray, winner of the 100 meters and runner-up in the 200, it was all about being ready to compete.

“We always take all competitors very seriously,” Darmohray said. “Coaches tell us to come out and scrape for every inch and every second — that's what we're here doing.”

Likewise, Westview senior Alec Smith — the reigning Metro and state champion in the 800 — was thrilled to get the league race underway.

“I like racing before the break,” said Smith, who won the 800 and 1500 against Sunset. “It's kind of like a preview to what the actual season's going to be like.”

For Sunset, AJ Smith was his team's lone two-time winner after taking top honors in both hurdles. Smith won the high hurdles with a time of 16.39 (with Westview's Daniel Abdie second at 16.70), then came back later in the meet to take the 300 intermediate hurdles at 42.24 (this time with teammate Drew Wilson second at 43.52).

Darmohray kicked off his year by helping the Apollos win the 4x100 relay, teaming with Smith, Darmohray, Kevin Seely and Bruce Jones for a 45.60. Next, he took the 100 at 11.88 (with Jones second at 12.03), and finally, he finished second to Jones (24.22) in the 200 with a mark of 24.31.

“I did a lot of offseason work so I'm glad it paid off,” Darmohray said. “I was sick of losing so coming out here and winning feels good. I just tried to focus and execute.”

The Apollos also got wins from: Eric Zechenelly in the 400 at 50.69 (with Westview's Asa Crimin second at 54.52); Mikey Fey in the 3000 at 9:27.63 (Westview's Matt Kingzett was second at 9:29.92); Mark Swigart in the shot put at 44 feet, 10.25 inches (teammate Josh Brown was second at 43-7.25); Brown won the discus with a throw of 123-7 (Westview's Daniel Osburn placed second at 122-8); and Evin Gooch leapt 5-10 to win the high jump (with Westview's Jovanni Roland second at 5-6).

Smith led the way for the Wildcats in the 1500 and 800, and also running the lead leg on the Wildcats' winning 4x400 relay team. In the 1500, Smith notched a 4:16.71 to win by four seconds over teammate RJ Morgan's 4:20.88. In the 800, Smith ran 2:03.15 to beat Sunset's Colin Petitt (2:06.16). And in the 4x400, Smith teamed with Morgan, Crimin and Schmerber to win in 3:39.90.

“It's going good. I'm exactly where I want to be right now for this point of the season,” Smith said, adding that his status as state champion was only helping. “I like the pressure. The pressure makes me do better.”

Julian Ford was also a two-time winner in the jumps, going 19-6 to win the long jump (with Jones second at 18-10.5), and then a 40-11.5 to take the triple jump (Sunset's Joe Riedl was second at 40-10).

Westview's other two wins came from: Osburn in the javelin at 157-0 (Sunset's Jacob Harvey tok second with a throw of 145-02); and Austin Kwong in the pole vault at 11-6 (Sunset's Kyle Coleman was the runner-up there, also at 11-6.

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