The Boys take down NKAC Crown!
May 9, 2014By Chris Davis of Bishop Brossart High School
The Bishop Brossart Boys set a lot of goals going into this year's season, and near the top of the list was the NKAC championship. After a devastating 3.5 point loss last year to St. Henry the team vowed to take down the Crusaders on their home track.
Being a relay meet, Brossart's top scorers Berkemeyer, Caldwell, and Roberts were somewhat neutralized. As the field events started to end St. Henry had began to build a lead on the Mustangs. Even with a dramatic come from behind victory in the 4xmile, with Hartig, Schuler, Klocke, and Cody Chism courageoulsy edging St. Henry and Villa at the line; as well as Drew Berkemeyer and Gabe Robert's victory in the triple jump, the team found itself in an unexpected position.
With the meet hanging in the balance the team gathered in the infield and regrouped, they knew if they were to win they needed to start dominating the remaining events. The team was told by whatever means necessary they were going to have to dig deep and find a way to win every remaining event.
Drew Miller got the turnaround started with a great opening leg in the Sprint medley with a smooth handoff to Dutch, and then to Donnelly, when Caldwell got the baton for the 400 in first place the team knew they were in good hands. With Caldwell crossing the line in first and St. Henry coming in 6th, it was the 9 point swing the Mustangs needed.
Next up was the distance medley. Cody Chism, pulling triple duty, got the relay started with a solid 800, new comer Joey Hickman who is coming on really strong at the end of the season ran a great 400, and Ronny Smith held the lead once again putting it in the reliable hands of Michael Caldwell. Caldwell was able to cruise to victory with the Crusaders finishing a distant 4th.
It was clear that when facing adversity the team did not run away from the challenge. With the final race on the docket, the 4x400, Hickman stepped in to replace Caldwell who had already earned 3 gold medals on the day. The 4x400 ran valiantly and pushed St. Henry to the limit but fell just a second and a half short, but at this point the 4x400 was merely 4 victory laps. Hickman proved that when called upon he will able to step up to the line and get it done for the Mustangs.
It was a sweet victory for Seniors who remember winning the conference as young freshmen. With the Regional meet just 5 days away at Walton, the team knows Walton and St. Henry will pose significant threats. Some may even consider the Bearcats of Walton, with their sprinting depth, as the odds on favorite. But Coach Davis knows this year's squad will not go down without a fight.