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AJ Goecker broke his own school records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to help the Trinity Lutheran boys track team to an easy win at Crothersville on Thursday night.

The Cougars scored 80 points, West Washington 30 and Crothersville 18.

Hailley Peters won three individual events to spark the Trinity girls to a win with 62 points.

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Crothersville’s girls had 36 and West Washington 21.

Goecker won the 1,600 in 4:46 and the 3200 in 10:25, and he also helped the 4×800 relay team place first.

“(Goecker) had two good races,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “Based on his times at Salem, we knew he was capable of coming out here and doing what he did tonight and break both records.

“I think the 4×400 team is coming on. They’re going to be a strong team. I think they’ll be strong enough to get out of the sectional. A couple of our high jumpers might be able to get out.”

The 4×400 relay team of Matt McKay, Sam Marksberry, Keenan Rebber and Nakoli Haak placed first at 3:45.

Onken and Haak were also on the winning 4×800 relay team along with Nathan Thomack, while Onken won the 400.

Marksberry got a blue ribbon for the 200 and long jump, Rebber won the high jump, and the Cougars’ 4×100 relay of McKay, Marksberry, Chris Rust and Rebber was first.

“We were missing Noah (Hoskins) because of an injury,” Crothersville coach Carl Bowman said. “We did OK with the guys in the events they normally run in. We were shut out of quite a few events because of Noah and we don’t have any hurdlers.”

Peters won the 100 in 13.7, the high jump at 4-10, and the long jump at 15-9. She also teamed up with Maddie Bell, Miranda Murphy and Lexi Schneider to win the 4×100 relay

Maddie Bell won both hurdles and teamed up with Savanna Setty, Schneider and Lang to win the 4×400 relay. Lang won the 800.

Crenshaw said he felt like Peters had a strong meet and Bell had a pretty consistent time for the hurdles.

Breanna Barger led the Crothersville girls by winning the 200, 400, and teamed up with Piper Hensley, Alexis Adair and Alisa Basil to win the 4×800 relay.

Hensley won the 1,600 while Basil took first in the 3,200.

“Breanna came through with three firsts and a second,” Bowman said. “Piper came through in the mile, and Basil won the 3,200. I looked at the book and it looked like we scored in every event, so we had somebody in every event which is pretty good.

“We have two (girls) that are on the injured list right now. We kept them out for the conference on Tuesday. I told both of them just to sit out today and try to get healed a little bit. This meet we were just trying to make sure we didn’t get anybody else injured.

There was no shot put or discus competition as those areas were under water.

Crenshaw said his team is making progress.

“The teams have come a long way,” he said. “The times improve, then kind of drop back, then improve. It’s a cycle, and the weather has a lot to do with it. Tonight was a little cool but a good night for running. We’re hoping to get in both meets next week”.

The Cougars will host Medora, Providence and Christian Academy for senior night Tuesday, while the Tigers will compete in the Southern Athletic Conference meet at Borden with the girls running and the boy’s field events Tuesday.

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.