CHURUBUSCO — Bragging rights for the Northeast Corner Conference boys came down to the wire.
With just two events left, Churubusco held a one-point lead over Fairfield at the NECC Finals at Churubusco in May, but the Eagles used a victory in the 1,600-meter relay — the day’s final event — to edge the Falcons, taking the NECC Finals boy’s championship.
Churubusco’s boys finished with 96 points to Fairfield’s 93.
In the process, Churubusco capped a second-straight undefeated regular season and takes home the NECC East championship for the fourth year in a row.
“It feels unbelievable,” said Churubusco coach Zach Dock. “We’ve worked so hard and they are tough kids. We are super proud. These guys haven’t lost a meet in two years. Regular season, invitational, conference meet, nothing. I’m at a loss for words.”
It was truly a team effort for Churubusco, who established an early lead with wins in the discus by Brayden Simmons (157-10) and Zach Rice in the shot put (46-01). However, the Eagles did not win another event until the team of Jared Ostler, Caleb Partin, Jeff Wallace and Chance Gallmeier won the day’s final event (3:28.76).
“We only won three events,” Dock said. “It was the efforts of ‘Hey, let’s try and make the finals and score a point or two’. It was our team depth and willing to do whatever it takes to win. We push our kids hard and they respond.”