In a three-way Northern Lakes Conference boys track meet Thursday evening in Syracuse, both the Warsaw Tigers and Wawasee Warriors won seven events.
That’s as even as the rivals were, however, as the 16th-ranked Tigers demonstrated their depth and cruised to a 109.5-22.5 win over the Concord Minutemen and an 85-47 victory over the host Warriors.
Wawasee junior Clayton Cook was the talk of the meet, as he was part of four first-place finishes and three school records.
But on a cold, windy, rainy evening in which they were competing without their top two sprinters, the Tigers’ ability to score points in all events kept them perfect in the conference standings.
Warsaw is now 6-0 in the NLC, while Wawasee fell to 4-1.
“We talked about adversity,” said Warsaw coach Matt Thacker, who was without the services of seniors Michael Miller and Gabe Furnivall. “A night like this helps us in a lot of ways. Wawasee is a quality opponent, and we had to fight through some adversity and the weather. We’ve got the conference meet in a week, and I like what I saw out of a lot of guys.”
Senior Seth Fouts was the only multi-event individual winner for the Tigers.
The University of Kentucky-bound Fouts won the discus competition with a distance of 142-6 and took first in the shot put with a distance of 57-5.
His winning put was 17-5 better than that of teammate and runner-up finisher Ben Plummer.
Warsaw also claimed a field event win with Alex Wilkie in the long jump (19-7.5).
“The field events definitely add to our depth,” said Thacker. “That makes us better as a team. We got some big points out of the field events.”
Other individuals to win for Warsaw included senior Ellis Coon in the 3,200 (10:34.99) and sophomore Ross Armey in the 300 hurdles (41.13).
The Tigers took first in two relays, as the team of Ismael Calderon, Daniel Messenger, Nicholas Adams and Tyler Houvener won the 4x800 in 8:55.62, and Houvener later teamed up with Landon Perry, Chad Goon and Ryan Goon to run a winning time of 3:36.14 in the 4x400.
While Warsaw is clearly the best team in the NLC, Wawasee’s Cook proved once again he is among the best athletes in the conference.
Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, Cook ran a school record time of 11.07 seconds in the 100-meter dash, beating his own mark of 11.12.
He won the 200 in 21.76 seconds, breaking his own school record of 22.30.
Cook, who won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.18 seconds, a second and a half faster than runner-up Caleb Kluseman of Warsaw, teamed with Tyler Courter, Michael Pena and J.J. Gilmer to win the 4x100 in a school record-time of 43.81 seconds.
Their time broke the previous mark of 43.86 set in 2004.
“He’s hungry,” Wawasee coach Scott Lancaster said of Cook. “He’s hungry, and I keep feeding him. I took him out of the 300 hurdles and put him in the 200. Warsaw is really good. On paper, we needed to beat Concord.”
Other winners for Wawasee included Gilmer in the high jump (6-2), Zach Cockrill in the 800 (2:01.80) and Adam Doll in the 1,600 (4:33.34).
Concord’s two first-place finishes came in the pole vault with Gavin Longbrake (10-6) and in the 400 with Darnell Bean (52.14).
Warsaw is in action again tonight, hosting the Max Truex Invitational, while Wawasee has a meet in Nappanee Wednesday against NorthWood and Elkhart Memorial.

High jump – 1. J.J. Gilmer (Wawa) 6-2, 2. Stephen Kolbe (War) 6-2, 3. Brock Riley (War); Pole vault – 1. Gavin Longbrake (Con) 10-6, 2. Jake Fayed (War) 10-0, 3. Steven Reinholt (War) 9-0; Long jump – 1. Alex Wilkie (War) 19-7.5, 2. Ramon Johnson (Con) 19-7.25, 3. Rashaan Jackson (War) 19-5; Discus – 1. Seth Fouts (War) 142-6, 2. Ethan Brown (Wawa) 140-6, 3. Jon Walker (Wawa) 138-9; Shot put – 1. Fouts (War) 57-5, 2. Ben Plummer (War) 44-0, 3. Kirt Matthews (Con) 42-1; 4x800 – 1. Warsaw (Ismael Calderon, Daniel Messenger, Nicholas Adams, Tyler Houvener) 8:55.62, 2. Wawasee 9:16.88, 3. Cocord 9:17.51; 110 hurdles – 1. Clayton Cook (Wawa) 15.18, 2. Caleb Kluseman (War) 16.68, 3. Dylan Campbell (War) 17.11; 100 – 1. Cook (Wawa) 11.07, 2. Storm Stapleton (War) 11.21, 3. Tristan McClone (War) 11.50; 1600 – 1. Adam Doll (Wawa) 4:33.34, 2. Houvener (War) 4:40.27, 3. Zach Cockrill (Wawa) 4:44.49; 4x100 – 1. Wawasee (Tyler Courter, Michael Pena, Gilmer, Cook) :43.81, 2. Warsaw 44.46, 3. Concord 44.78; 400 – 1. Darnell Bean (Con) 52.14, 2. Landon Perry (War) 53.27, 3. Riley Rhoades (War) 53.81; 300 hurdles – 1. Ross Armey (War) 41.13, 2. Campbell (War) 41.83, 3. Kluseman (War) 44.12; 800 – 1. Cockrill (Wawa) 2:01.80, 2. Calderon (War) 2:05.54, 3. Dominic Proffitt (Con) 2:06.35; 200 – 1. Cook (Wawa) 21.76, 2. McClone (War) 22.86, 3. Stapleton (War) 22.94; 3200 – 1. Ellis Coon (War) 10:34.99, 2. Doll (Wawa) 10:43.30, 3. Jonathon Beres (War) 11:01.96; 4x400 – 1. Warsaw (Perry, Chad Goon, Ryan Goon, Houvener) 3:36.14, 2. Concord 3:38.66, 3. Wawasee 4:02.03