YORK TWP. — Not even an intense, nasty weather system could stop the Buckeye boys track team from winning its sixth straight Patriot Athletic Conference championship Thursday.
Heavy rains delayed the start of running events for 1 hour, 45 minutes, but once the Bucks hit the track, nothing could stop them.
Behind Kyle Gatt, Carlton Watkins and Ryan Gallagher, Buckeye won 11 events while amassing 189 points, easily outdistancing second-place Clearview (125½).
Gatt led the charge with victories in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.06) and 300 hurdles (41.63). He was also a member of the winning 800 relay (1:33.57) and second place 400 relay (44.73).
“The mission today was about keeping the Buckeye track tradition alive,” Gatt said. “We wanted to prove to everyone that we still have track athletes even after graduating the great ones that we had last year. Kids are stepping in for us.”
It was the fourth time in six years Buckeye has scored 185 points or more at the PAC Meet.
“Each time we come out, we want to break the records that we had last year,” Gatt said. “We want to try and beat everyone’s times and performances. That’s why everyone keeps getting better.”
Watkins was the PAC field event MVP. He won the high jump on Thursday at 6-2 after taking the long jump Tuesday.
Gallagher added a pair of meet records in the 1,600 (4:35.59) and 3,200 (10:15.79). He contributed to a third meet record Tuesday as a member of the 3,200 relay (8:30.12).
“We came in expecting to win,” Buckeye coach Jim Huth said. “We just wanted to take care of business, get ready for districts next week and get an idea of who we want to run where next weekend.”
The Buckeye girls finished second for the second straight year to four-time defending champ Keystone, 185-138½.
Senior Casssandra Allgire sparked the Bucks, winning the 800 (2:35.69). She also was a member of the winning 1,600 relay (4:20.44), plus had a hand in the victorious 3,200 relay (10:43.08) Tuesday.
“Today was very encouraging,” Allgire said. “We have a lot more girls this year. We wanted to try hard and try and beat Keystone. We tried.”
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