It took some time for Hobart senior Tre Montique to get into track.
Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Montique mostly concentrated on soccer and cricket.
He moved to Michigan one day before his eighth birthday. Three years later, he moved to Indiana, but soccer was still his main focus.
“At the beginning, track was just to stay in shape for soccer because I wasn’t doing anything else in the spring,” he said. “But then I really got into it and started liking it.”
Montique had a pair of victories Saturday for the Brickies at Hobart’s Little 5 Meet, winning the 400 meters in 52.28 and helping the 1,600 relay to a first-place time of 3:34.40.
Those wins helped Hobart capture the team title at its home meet, completing a sweep after the girls team took its half of the competition.
One of Montique’s 1,600 relay partners, sophomore Devante Clemons, was all over the sprint events for the Brickies
Competing in the maximum number of four events, Clemons also won the 200 in 23.36, took fourth in the 100 at 12.02 and anchored the 400 relay, which won in 44.11.
But it was the 1,600 relay at the end of the meet that had him out of breath.
“I got through it all pretty well,” he said. “But that last one got me.”
Clemons said handling four different events was a new wrinkle for him, but he embraced the opportunity to do it again, with one small caveat.
“Any event they put me in, I’m ready to run,” he said. “At least the sprint events.”
Boone Grove junior Cameron Jones wasn’t quite as busy as Clemons, but that was due to a specific goal his team had in mind.
“I usually run four events,” he said. “But we really wanted to go after the record. We came up short, but we’re going to get it by the end of the year.”
That record is in the 1,600 relay, and the program record sits at 3:34. The Wolves ran a 3:40 on a day where a fierce wind out of the south greeted runners down the homestretch.
“It was our second outdoor meet of the season and we’re this close,” Jones said. “I’m really confident we’re going to do it.”
Jones also has eyes on program records for the 800 and the 1,600, and he moved a step in that direction by winning the 1,600 in 4:45.74.
“I really wanted to influence the underclassmen,” Jones said. “That this is the stuff we’re going after. I think everybody here has the ability to do it.”
Dave Melton is a freelance writer for the Post-Tribune.