Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
McCaskey ends CV's win streak
Distance efforts key 81-69 decision McCaskey ends CV's win streak BY PETE KAUFFMAN, Sports Writer
The call to arms (and legs) was sounded early Tuesday by the McCaskey seniors.
"We all knew what was on the line,'' senior Dalton Trump said.
Trump and his McCaskey cohorts had little difficulty building excitement for Tuesday's Section One track and field showdown with Conestoga Valley.
And after fanning the fire all day long during school, their efforts were rewarded with a thrilling 81-69 victory over the Buckskins, ending CV's dual-meet winning streak at 26 in a row.
The CV girls, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 with an 88s-c-61a-c victory over McCaskey (0-2).
"Our kids found out (CV boys) had that streak going, and we didn't want to be No. 27,'' McCaskey coach Carl Frederick said. "But it was tough. (CV's) tough.
"Even though they were missing a big guy (Chance Post) and (Elias) Bogale got hurt, they just kept coming at us,'' Frederick added. "They just wouldn't go away.''
On this day, the Tornado (2-0) was able to repel every shot thrown by the Buckskins (2-1), but it was not easy.
"We knew they were going to bring it,'' Trump said of the Bucks, who won the majority of their duals in Section Two before moving to Section One this season. "We all just wanted a chance to break that (winning) streak.''
"So the streak is snapped. It's been a long time since I had to talk about losing a meet,'' CV coach Rick Periandi said. "We definitely lost to the better team today.''
Periandi admitted that had Post been available (he missed school due to illness), it could have changed the outcome. However, he said, allowing Bogale to run after his standout sprinter tweaked a hamstring partway through the meet would not have given CV enough points to turn around the final score.
"We just came up against guys who were a little better than us,'' Periandi said. "They were good where we were good, and they had some guys come through where we didn't.''
One event that had a huge impact was the 400 relay, which the Tornado team of Robert Rushemeza, Diante Cherry, Chris Vazquez and Tyree Ballenger won in 44.1. CV finished way back after fumbling the handoff between the second and third runners.
"In a track meet of this caliber, you can't lose three relays and expect to win the meet,'' Periandi said. (CV actually won one of the three, taking the 1,600 relay).
McCaskey's key to success was in the distance events, where it outscored CV 25-7.
Trump, a distance specialist, was a catalyst. He won 1,600 (4:44) and could have taken the 3,200, but yielded to teammate Duncan Hopkins, who ran 10:40 to Trump's 10:43. Trump and Hopkins also teamed with Herman Macklin and Chris Asencio to take the 3,200 relay in 8:35.
The Tornado took advantage of Post's absence, as Reilin Mejia won both the high (15.8) and intermediate (42.6) hurdles.
Cherry (21-8a-v) and Ballenger (21-5) also had an outstanding day in the long jump, finishing 1-2, and then Ballenger added a win in the high jump (6-0).
That helped offset an 18-9 CV advantage in the sprints, as Ethan Schmalhofer won both the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.6) and Bogale the 400 (52.3).
"Walking out of here, and losing to these guys, makes (ending the streak) a little easier,'' Periandi said. "Obviously, the streak was important to us; it certainly was fun. Today hurts, but now we can refocus a bit.''
"You have to congratulate CV,'' Frederick said. "They faced some adversity, and refused to give in. We battled. They battled.
"It was just a good, hard-fought meet.''