Lacher leads area athletes at Kokomo

KOKOMO — A number of area athletes were led by Bremen freshman Sam Lacher at the Kokomo Boys Track and Field Sectional Thursday.
Lacher placed fifth in the 200 and competed in the 100 in his first season with the Lions after qualifying at the Penn Sectional last Thursday. He also ran the opening leg on Bremen’s eighth-place 1600 relay team.
“I think it was really awesome that he was able to accomplish all that as a freshman, and his future looks very bright from here,” said Bremen head track coach Mark Yoder.
“He did really well. He ran very very well in the 200 finals and did the absolute best he could in the 4 by 4. I’m very proud of him, and I was very proud of all the guys who ran the 4 by 4.
Bremen senior Josh Brenneman qualified to compete in the long jump at Kokomo but was unable to after sustaining a broken foot at sectionals last week.
“ We’ll lose Josh Brenneman, a big points-scorer and a fantastic athlete,” said Yoder. “He actually broke his ankle at sectional last week so he won’t be able to compete in the regionals or state. Pretty disappointed, but a tremendous young man and a great role model for the younger boys in the way he handled it.”
Bremen closed out a strong season after winning the Kouts Invitational and finishing second to New Prairie at the Northern State Conference meet.
“I was extremely proud of both teams; we had a great season,” said Yoder. “Both Kouts (Invitational) champions by a long way. The girls won the conference and the guys were right there at the end… I couldn’t have been happier with both teams. They really worked hard and proved to the community and themselves how good they could be.”
Bremen scored five points at the regional meet, while Culver Academies scored six points as Leopoldo Burguete finished seventh in the 1600, Wes Hibbard was sixth in the 800, and the Eagles placed eighth in the 3200 relay.
John Glenn finished with four points as Luke Runyan placed fifth in the 1600, while LaVille scored three points behind Jordyn Williams’ sixth-place result in the 400.
Plymouth put up two points at Thursday’s meet as Matt Lee finished eighth in the 800 and Adam Lacefield was eighth in the shot put.

Note: Some area coaches unavailable for comment following Thursday’s late meet.