By Al Zipsie

Hononegah knew they would be challenged to repeat again as NIC-10 boys Conference track champions.

In the end, Hononegah had just enough Thursday at Freeport to win the title with 113 points, four ahead of runner-up Belvidere North. Freeport was third with 89 points.

The Pretzels were the 2A co-state champions last year led by Deion McShane who placed at state in all four events.

McShane senior who will play football and run track at Northern Iowa ended his career as the NIC-10 best boys track athlete.

McShane was a champion in all four events. He won his signature hurdle events, the 100 high hurdles 14.28 and a meet record in the 300 hurdles in a blazing 37.30. He also won the 200 in 22.24 and long jump 21'3.0. He will be looking for four State Championships at this years 2A meet.

Freeport also had a first and school record in the pole vault (13'6) from Collin Heidenreich. Jalen Johnson was runner-up to teammate McShane in both hurdle events.

Hononegah had balanced Individual efforts with no first places in the Individual events. They won both 3200-meter relay with Eddie Barnes, David Breitan, Andrew Wilson and Keith Kline. And 1600 with Andrew Hattean, Braden Meyers, Keaton Anderson and Tyler Wilson.

Belvidere North made the strong run at the title. They had a first place from Max Beutel in 4:29 in the 1600 meters and Alex Scott 3200 (9:50.42).

East had a trio of first places. Devante Sims in the shot put 51'5. The 400 (44.0) and 800-meter relay teams (1:33.0) won with the team of Tyvionne Horton, Jonquece Adams, Adrian Newell and Isaiog McKinney.

Belvidere had champions in Kalen Murray in the triple jump (43'7 5.0) and Jake Peterson in the discus (149'7).

Harlem had champions in Michael Gille in the 800 (157.17) and Sebastian Gonzalez in the high jump soaring 6'2.

Boylan's Eric Konitski won the 400 in 50 40 and Auburn's Syreal Holland in the 100 (11.18).