MIDDLEBURY – Mother Nature proved to be the only thing that could delay the inevitable of another conference victory by the Warsaw boys track team Thursday night.
And even she, along with a little rain, could not slow the reign of the Tigers for very long.
Warsaw overcame the elements, which included a 30-minute weather delay due to lightning in the area, along with host Northridge to extend its dominance in Northern Lakes Conference competition.
The Tigers won 11 events, led by double individual winners Owen Glogovsky, Ross Armey and Rane Kilburn, to top the Raiders 97-35 in the NLC matchup.
Warsaw, now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the NLC this season, has won 37 straight league meets dating back to the 2011 season.
The streak is not something that Warsaw coach Matt Thacker takes for granted, despite having another deep and talented roster to rely on.
“We’ve talked in practice that the past five years have not been given to us,” said Thacker. “You have to go out here and earn everything that you get. I think that are guys this year are getting it.
“We came out tonight and did what we were supposed to do. Spring Break is over and our focus this week in practice has been much greater to detail. The focus and the competitiveness were both there tonight. That feels good and I’m happy with what we did.”
Seniors distance star Glogovsky and hurdle and sprinter standout Armey each were outstanding for the winners.
Glogovsky captured first in the 1,600 with a top time of 4:42.01 and then led a 1-2-3 Warsaw finish in the 3,200 with a winning effort of 10:11.00
Armey topped the field in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.92 and also won the 300 hurdles in 41.06. He also teamed with Kilburn, Will McGarvey and Brandon Reinholt to win the 4 X 100 relay in 43.39. Armey also combined with Kilburn, Landan Perry and Bishop Harrison in winning the 4 X 400 relay event in 3:33.22.
Kilburn had a strong night on the track and in the field. The junior won the 100-meter dash in a top time of 11.35 and soared to a win in the long jump with a top effort of 20-9.
Senior Reinholt in the 200 in 23.31 to complete the list of winners on the track for the Tigers.
Lucas Cone captured the pole vault as he cleared 11-6 and Luke Wilson took top honors in the high jump by going 6-3. Both performances were personal-best efforts for Cone and Wilson.
“I thought our 4 X 800 relay team set the tone for us in the first event tonight,” noted Thacker. “Those four guys, three freshmen and a sophomore, stepped up huge in that race.
“We did a great job in the field events and got great performances from our top-tier guys like Ross, Owen, Rane, Landan and Zeb (Hernandez).
“We had Luke Wilson PR in the high jump and had Tristan Larsh go over 20 feet in the long jump and Taylor Mills had a great night with a big time drop in the 1,600. What I really like is that our young guys are stepping up for us.”
Warsaw got second-place finishes from Reinholt (100), William Robison (1,600), Perry (400), Xavi Ramirez (800), Zeb Hernandez (3,200), Brock Riley (high jump), Tommy Hickerson (long jump), Ridley Lemon (pole vault) and Dylan Childers (discus and shot put). The 4 X 800 relay team of Gary Keyes, Kennis Dye, Devin Dawson and Isaac Mitchell was also second.
The Tigers notched third-place performances by Hickerson (400), Trent Thompson (800), Perry (200), Lucas Howett (3,200), Tristan Larsh (long jump), Keegan Bays (discus) and Dustin Adkins (shot put).
Warsaw JV winners included Josh Malagon (110 hurdles), John Tucker (100), Larsh (400), Zach Stavedahl (300 hurdles), Anthony Bass (800) and Bryce Garner (200).
Warsaw will take part in the Southport Relays Saturday and then return to NLC action at NorthWood next Thursday for a league triangular with Plymouth.