BROOKVILLE – The Lion track team finished second in the EIAC track meet held at Franklin County on Thursday.

For the second straight year, East Central took the team championship with a score of 125. Rushville finished second with 120.5 followed by Batesville 108, Franklin County 80, Greensburg 65, Connersville 57.5, South Dearborn 34, and Lawrenceburg 32.

Keith Hallgarth took first place in the pole vault and tied the EIAC record clearing a career-best height of 14-0. John King cleared 10-6 to finish fifth. Carter Tague took third in the long jump with a distance of 19-5. Ethan Zeisloft and Nick Lawler both threw huge season bests in the shot put finishing sixth and eighth with distances of 41-1 and 40-3 respectively. Lawler was also strong in the discus finishing fourth overall with a throw of 120-0. Hallgarth also cleared a season best height in the high jump finishing tied for fifth clearing 5-6.

Hallgarth was the meet’s leading scorer on the night with 26.5 points earning EIAC MVP honors.

On the track, Tyreke Carr earned a spot in the 100 finals and scored with a seventh place finish in 12.10 seconds. Seniors Zack Wood and Trey Cain were strong in the 200 taking fourth and fifth overall with times of 24.23 and 24.28. Connor Hay scored in the 400 finishing in eighth place with a time of 55.07.

The distance events were strengths for the Lions. In the 800, Isaac Lawrence and Ethan Chastain finished second and fourth with times of 2:06 (season best) and 2:07. Andrew Miller and Kyle Stanley finished second and third in the 1600 with season best times of 4:42 and 4:46. Cole Dixon and Miller finished second and third in the 3200 with season best times of 10:21 and 10:24 respectively.

In the hurdles, Hallgarth finished second in the 110 with a time of 16.03 (season best) and fourth in the 300 with a time of 44.24 with Austen Gerrian scoring in sixth place with a time of 45.51.

The Lions relay teams also ran very well with all three setting new season best times. The 4x100 team of Carr, Casey Smith, Wood, and Cain finished third with a time of 45.27. The 4x400 team of Chastain, Tague, Lawrence, and Wood finished fourth with a time of 3:37. The 4x800 team of Dixon, Lawrence, Chastain, and Miller were second overall with a time of 8:28.

“Tonight was easily the best meet of the season for our guys. They have been working very hard but had yet to put together a full meet with everyone at their best at the same time. The guys seemed to gain confidence from their teammates’ success. In nearly every event our guys finished higher than their seeded finishes. It really was an outstanding job from everyone. I am incredibly proud of the effort from everyone tonight. The goal is always to at your best and tonight this team was truly their best,” Coach Jim Marlatt said.

“Keith had a great meet tonight and is very deserving of the EIAC MVP award. He has been working really hard, especially at pole vault and to see him get over 14 feet and tie the conference record was special. He still has potential to finish his career with a trip to the state meet,” Coach Marlatt added.

The Lions travel to Connersville for the IHSAA Sectional on May 16.