BENNINGTON – Bishop Neumann Coach Tim Rezac called it the “most dominating performance” he has seen in his 11 years as head coach.
Rezac and the Cavaliers left Bennington High School as meet champs after scoring 109 points and finishing 51 points ahead of second place Boys Town.
The Cavaliers won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash, 400-meter relay, the 1600-meter relay and the long jump at the meet held on a picture-perfect afternoon and evening on April 16.
“In my 11 years as head coach, I don’t know if we’ve ever gone to a meet that was this loaded and come out with such a dominating victory. Against eight large Class B schools and two Class A schools we almost doubled up the competition,” Rezac stated.
Senior sprinter Jake Unger left the meet with four gold medals, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and running legs on the 400-meter and 1600-meter relays.
Unger crossed the finish line first in an extremely fast 100-meter field, winning the event with a time of 11.12. In a race where 11.18 got fifth place, meet officials needed to go to the camera sort out the order.
Unger won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.16, edging Boys Town sprinter Jason Zach at the line.
Unger then anchored the Cavaliers sprint relay team joining Jerry Hageman, Cade Welsh and Luke Fairbanks as meet champs with a time of 45.27.
Twenty minutes later, in the final race of the night, Unger teamed with senior Eli Vedral and juniors Taylen Pospisil and David Lilly to break the meet record while winning the mile relay with a time of 3:25.36.
“Who would be our MVP for the meet? You would be hard pressed to argue against Jake Unger. He left the meet with four golds. His 100-meter time was .01 off of his best time ever. He ran a season best in the 200, he anchored a comeback win in the sprint relay and ran on our 3:25.36 1600-meter relay,” Rezac chimed.
The Cavaliers time in the mile relay is currently the third fastest time in the entire state.
In addition to running on the mile relay team, Vedral also established career bests in both the 110 (15.07) and 300-meter hurdle (39.98) events while capturing a pair of gold medals.
Lilly came from behind to win the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line with a career-best time of 50.69.
Senior Brandon Blum came away with the Cavaliers lone gold medal in the field events, winning the long jump with a mark of 21-2. Lilly finished second in the event (20-11.5).
Pospisil added a silver medal in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing on the heels of Vedral with a time of 40.56.
The Cavaliers two-mile relay team shaved eight seconds off of their season-best time in the event to finish third with a time of 8:29. Thomas Haberman, Max Hohn, Seth Fairbanks and Pospisil competed ran on the two-mile relay team.
Senior Caden Johnson scored medals in the discus and shot put for the Cavaliers.