SUPERIOR — The Thayer Central boys track and field team went into the final race trailing St. Cecilia by two points.
Knowing his 1,600-meter relay team needed a big performance, Titans head coach Bryan Solomon gave his runners a pep talk and told them what was at stake.
The Titans set a personal best, finishing first in the race with a time of 3 minutes, 34.18 seconds to capture the Superior invite title Tuesday.
“It was very close near the end. When they announced it was a tie 102-102 with us and St. Cecilia, I knew it was going to come down to those final two races,” Solomon said.
Thayer Central tallied 128 points, while St. Cecilia finished second with 124 points. Minden placed third, scoring 103 points.
The Bluehawks finished fourth in the 1,600 relay, falling just short of the Titans. Solomon said his athletes answered the call.
“I knew (St. Cecilia) was up by two, so I gathered the troops again and said, ‘Here’s what it is — if you place one spot ahead of (St. Cecilia) you’re tied. If you place more than one spot you win,’ ” Solomon said. “And they went out and ran their best, a 3:34.”