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Records often get swept under the rug

Contributed photo: From left, Luke Steele, Aaron Hoffner, Tyler Pounds and Zach Wright teamed up to break the school record in the 400 meter relay at the 2003 regional at Evansville.

It is funny, as soon as one record is broken, the old one gets swept under the rug. Usually record books don’t show more than the current record-holder.
After 14 years, the Sullivan High School 400 relay team of Luke Steele, Aaron Hoffner, Tyler Pounds and Zach Wright had their record broken last month.
Before they are swept under the rug of time, I thought I would take another look at their accomplishments in 2003.
 Wright, Pounds, Hoffner and Steele, the order in which they ran, broke the school record in the 400 relay twice in that 2003 season.
At the Western Indiana Conference meet, they were clocked at 44.86 seconds. This broke the old mark of 45.10. I was unable to find out who had set that record and when. I guess they too were swept under the rug.
After advancing out of the sectional, Wright, Pounds, Hoffner and Steele were clocked at 44.84 seconds at the Evansville Regional, setting the mark that stood for more than a decade.
So we fast forward to this spring. On May 2 at the Harry C. Jarrett All-Weather Track at Sullivan, the Arrows were competing against West Vigo.
The 400 relay team of Daylan Curtis, Dakota Caton, Trey Powell and Eric Tomey set one of three school records that night.
They won with a time of 44.68, beating the old mark by .16 seconds.
“We inserted Daylan in the 4 x 1 relay,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Moore. “I probably should have put Daylan in the relay earlier.”
They had some good times the rest of the year, but never broke the mark they set in early May.
Also that night, Caton ran 10.86 as he finished second in the 100, but it was a school record.
Tomey was second in the 200, but his 22.16 was a school record.
Clayton Noblitt of West Vigo won both events, but pushed Tomey and Caton to their record-breaking feats.
“It was great to break three school records on the same night,” Moore said.
“It was unfortunate that we could not beat a very good West Vigo team that night.”
In 2003, Pounds and Wright were seniors, Steele was a junior and Hoffner a sophomore.
Hoffner was a baseball player coming up through the ranks.
It is rare to have pictures of the old record holder and the new record holder, especially considering it had been more than a decade.
But when the mother of one of the previous record holders happens to work at the Sullivan Daily Times and took pictures of everything her kids did, you get lucky. Thanks Darcy.
Just like the 2017 relay team, it’s too bad they did not have more time to run together.

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