Mahomet-Seymour rallied over the final five events to overcome a nine-point deficit and retain its title by winning the 46th Pontiac Relays Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs won last year and needed to make a final push to repeat. Mahomet trailed New Lenox (Providence) 79-70 after the Celtics won the frosh-soph 4x200 relay.
From there, it was Mahomet winning one event and placing second in three others to do what it needed to do to rally. Meanwhile, Providence finished better than third just once in falling into second place.
That one win was in the final race of the meet, the varsity 4x400, which saw the Bulldogs take second.
Mahomet finished with 110 points and Providence had 101. LaSalle-Peru came in third with 98 points with Prairie Central placing fourth with 90 points. Olympia had 77 and Pontiac was sixth with 58.
Like last year, Pontiac posted two event victories by claiming the long jump and triple jump.
Cam Dawson and Angelo Borrego were the varsity members in each event. Freshman Donovan Murphy was also in both while Payton Cramer teamed with the trio in the triple jump and Blaine Bauman was part of the long jump crew.
The triple had a combined 152 feet, 2¼ inches. The long jump finished at 75-9½.
The Indians also scored second-place points in the discus (Brayden Weaver, Jacob Matern, Steven Lewis, Payton Cramer), but was unable to do any better than three thirds the rest of the meet.
Still, it wasn’t bad effort by the short-handed Tribe. There were 24 season-bests chalked up.
“I thought our kids responded well. We won the long jump, we won the triple jump,” PTHS head coach Corey Christenson said. “By the kids stepping up and stepping in, it was awesome. I thought they competed really hard.”
Dawson provided the only height for the Indians in the high jump, but the Illinois State-bound senior matched last year’s top height by clearing 6-5.
Prairie Central was not intimidated by the field as the Hawks stayed kind of in the hunt for a good part of the meet. They managed two win two running events and set a season-best mark in the final race.
“I’ve been really happy with their efforts, especially last Friday and today, they’ve really been clicking along,” PC head coach Joe Sieving said. “It’s starting to come together.”
Feeling comfortable with his frosh-soph 4x100 relay team, the Hawks did not disappoint by winning the event with Dailen Loveless, Kaden King, Connor Haab and Jake Bachtold. A final time was not provided due to a clocking issue.
The Hawks pulled off a bit of a surprise for their coach by winning the varsity 4x200 relay. The quartet of Craig Roberts, Keegan Stein. Wes Semmerling and Lee Zimmerman made the two circuits in 1:35.53 to edge Mahomet’s surging kick.
“The varsity 4x2 was an unexpected win and our frosh-soph 4x1 was a nice win,” Sieving said. “The 4x4, that was the best time of the year.”
The 4x400 team placed third but turned in a time of 3:35.27, which was six seconds better than the best time to date.
Sieving was happy to see Chandler Ifft go 15 feet in the pole vault, which was a field best.
The Hawks racked up runnerup points four times as the high jump went 21-4, the long jump flew 70-½, the discus finished with 145-3¾. Plus, there was the frosh-soph hurdle shuttle.