For The Tribune

The Brownstown Central boys track and field awards banquet was conducted Friday evening at the home of sophomore Jacob Bollinger to recognize the athletes’ accomplishments this season.

Coach Sam Terrell presented awards to his top athletes and recognized his team for its season accomplishments, which included eleven regional qualifiers, two conference champions and a sectional event winner.

The most valuable athlete award, based on points, went to senior Matthew Conrad.

“We asked Matt to do a variety of different things,” Terrell said. “In sectional we needed him to run the 800.”

Conrad ran the 200-, 400- or 800-meter events.

The mental attitude award went to senior Caleb Wischmeier.

“He’s just a great kid, a hard-nosed kid,” Terrell said. “Every sport he does, he gives it everything he has. Wischmeier helped lead and motivate the team. We like having an athlete of his quality helping our program.”

The most improved award went to senior Ricky Welch, who went from 109 feet in the discus to more than 130 feet by season’s end.

The outstanding field events award went to Bollinger, who qualified for regional in the pole vault.

“He and Ryan Benter just battled all year long,” Terrell said. “Jacob ended up with a few more points, and then at his last meet, the regional, Jacob set a personal record,”

Terrell said he was pleased that Bollinger peaked at the right time.

The outstanding distance award went to junior Jake McCullough, who finished second in the conference and qualified for regional in the 1,600.

“Jake stepped up. He was in the shadows of Ryan Franklin last year, and Jake was able to qualify for regional in the mile,” Terrell said.

The outstanding sprinter award went to junior John McKinney, went to the regional in both the 100 and the 200.

Terrell recognized two athletes who received all-conference recognition; Jacob Wilson, who won the conference long jump, and Ryan Benter, who won the pole vault.

Those that earned their letterman’s jacket were Ian Anderson, who claimed a sectional title in the shot put, Wischmeier and McKinney.