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Corydon Central's Kaitlin Salomon, above, sails over the high jump bar at 4-10 to win the event and give the Lady Panthers 10 points in their 28-point win over Silver Creek. Photos by Wade Bell

Corydon girls win Stargazer

Salomon, Capelle, Fleace grab top individual awards

April 16, 2014 | 10:15 AM

On a better weather night than what has been seen for a few years, the Corydon Central Lady Panthers and Silver Creek Dragons dominated this year's Stargazer Invitational track meet Friday night at Corydon Central High School. Corydon Central won by a 28-point advantage over runner-up Silver Creek, while the Dragons scored a whopping 174 points to North Harrison's 67.

The first battle of the night came between Crawford County's Shawna Johnson and Corydon Central's Kaitlin Salomon in the high jump.

Johnson, last year's sectional champion, had high hopes coming into the meet after winning at Northeast Dubois with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches. Both jumpers struggled during the event before Salomon finally cleared 4-10. Johnson missed on all three of her attempts with Salomon getting the win. Johnson tied for second with South Central's Bailey Crosier third at 4-8.

Lanesville's Micah Lane blazes over the final hurdle of the 110-meter hurdles to win the event in 16.7 seconds.
"I was really nervous, but I was thinking I shouldn't be nervous because this is the fourth time I've done it," Salomon said. "I'm a senior. Once I got here and I was warmed up, I was OK."

Salomon said she did worry when she missed her first attempt at 4-10 knowing she has jumped higher than 5 feet in the past.

"That made me really frustrated because I know I can clear that height," Salomon said. "Then I missed it, and I was like, 'Dang it! I came in at that height.' It was just a really frustrating thing. But then I cleared the second one, and I was OK. I'm back in the swing of it."

Johnson was visibly shaken by her struggles after her previous jumps at Dubois. The Crawford senior had already set some high goals and said she was capable of much more than she did on this night.

"I couldn't get my steps down today," Johnson said. "It's hard running on a hill for one. When I was at the last meet, I ended up having to take different steps because I was running up a hill. I thought I would try that again because I got 5-2 the last meet (at Dubois) and today I couldn't get 4-10. It just didn't work out today."

Johnson said the loss would make her work that much harder.

"I want to get the (school) high jump record, but I wanted to be undefeated this year up until regionals," she said. "It's not happening. I'm pretty determined."

Corydon Central's Jordan Dagenhart put 10 points in the Lady Panthers' column, winning the long jump with a distance of 15-8-1/2 with Salomon second (15-2-1/2). Silver Creek's Emily Christman won the girls shot put (33-8-3/4) with Corydon Central's Ashley Oliver second (33-2-1/2) and Crawford County's Michelle Smith third (32-0). Smith, however, won the discus throw with 102-11-1/2, with Corydon Central's Chelsey John second at 102-5-1/2.

"It felt real good," said Smith, a senior. "The first one wasn't so well, then I fixed my footwork then I released and it came out fine on the third one. Our first meet was bad so this really helped pick me back up."

"I'm looking to make it to regionals but just to improve from last year to where I'm at now," she said. "I'd like to see 128 (feet) in discus and 39 in shot. 128-11 is our girls' discus (record), and 40 feet, 8 inches is the record for shot."

In the boys' field events, Silver Creek won the high jump, swept first and second in the long jump and swept first and second in the discus. North Harrison's Dayton van Uitert won the shot put with a distance of 46-5-3/4. Silver Creek's Schuyler Hosp was second (44-1-3/4) and Crawford County's Dakota Curl was third (43-11-3/4).

Corydon Central's Sydney Capelle won both girls' hurdles events, edging out teammate Olivia Lawson in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.67 seconds and beating teammate Jordan Dagenhart in the 300 hurdles by nearly a second and a half with a time of 49.14 seconds.

Capelle said the pressure is the same for both races but the runs are completely different.

"They're two completely different races," Capelle said after her 300-meter win. "You just jump over it when you get there (in the 300). Whenever you're approaching the hurdle, sometimes you'll take longer or shorter steps to get over it."

Capelle, a sophomore, is hoping to bring her personal record down in the 300 event and hoping to dethrone girls' head coach Meghan Bussabarger of her 100-meter school record.

"My record is 47.7, so I'm hoping to get 46 this year," Capelle said. "I want to be able to have my personal best for everything. I'd love to break the 100-meter hurdle record. It's very good. Maybe eventually. (Bussabarger's) been a big help."

Lawson said she has been working on her three-step in the 100-meter hurdle event but her shorter stature makes it more difficult.

"It's a lot harder," she said. "When I three-step, I have to take giant steps and it's really hard. I'm trying, but I haven't done it in a race. I tried last year, but it really messed me up."

"I want to get under 16 (seconds)," she said. "I got 16.9 on that one, which is the time I got last time. I'm going to try to keep on cutting it down."

Lanesville's Micah Lane scored big in the boys' 110-meter high hurdles with a win in a time of 16.70 seconds. Silver Creek's Jeff Grady was second in 17.07. Lane said he couldn't see Grady behind him, which helped him through the race.

"I felt pretty good because I couldn't see anybody else," Lane said. "I could tell I was in front most of the time. I was pretty confident throughout the race. In trials, I came in first and I had a pretty good time so was just trying to doing it again."

"We've got a new coach (Bob Winstead), and he knows what he's talking about," Lane said. "He's been working with me in practice. He's really worked on my form a lot. The distances between me and the next guys, that's just form practice and that's extra time."

Corydon Central had to settle for second in both the boys' and girls' 100-meter dashes, Keely Martin was second (11.38) in the girls with Lanesville's Erica Daly third (13.62). The Panthers' Clayton Miller was second (11.41) in the boys and teammate Kessler Martin was third (11.54).

North Harrison won both the boys' and girls' 1,600-meter runs. Ashton Bosler tucked in behind Silver Creek's Mackenzie Crouch for the first lap and a half then made the pass going on to win in a time of 5:33.48.

"I just knew I had to stay close," Bosler said. "You never want a big gap in the beginning if you can help it. I feel pretty good. It feels pretty good to be in track season and that track season is in again."

"I want to be better than last year," Bosler said. "I want to actually compete at the state meet, and I really hope our 3,200-relay team can do well. Our team is looking stronger."

The Cougars' Daniel Fleace fought off Silver Creek's Tanner Cootz and Floyd Central's Alec Heitz to win the boys' 1,600 meters. Fleace completed the four laps in a time of 4:41.35 with Heitz passing Cootz down the stretch and finishing with a time of 4:45.94. Fleace also won the 3,200 meters in a time of 10:08.12.

"It definitely helped with the pace," Fleace said after the 1,600. "I just came into the race trying to feel it out. He kept the pace going, so it definitely helped me out. It definitely helped me with my momentum."

"I feel great, actually," Fleace said. "My times have been a little slower over the practice meets, so things are starting to come together for me. The competition is definitely better, more adrenaline in the race."

In the last of the sprints, South Central's Bailey Crosier had a slightly quicker time in the preliminary heats over Rock Creek's Kylie Tincher. When it came down to the finals, however, Tincher edged by two steps, winning in a time of 27.63 with Crosier at 27.93. Crosier was disappointed in her performance after the race.

"I thought I had her, but she got up there," Crosier said. "I started pushing myself but, when she got past me, to be honest, I let up a little bit. Disappointed but, hey, second is second. I'll try harder next time."

Corydon Central's Clayton Miller blitzed the competition in the boys' 200 meters, winning by three steps over runner-up Brennan Thompson of Silver Creek. Miller won in a time of 23.84 with Thompson finishing in 24.50. Miller said he felt confident of getting the win as the runners came out of the turn.

"Once I turned the corner, I knew I already had the lead," Miller said. "I quit driving a little because I already knew I had the win. I've raced him before and I beat him by a little bit more, but he had a better race today."

"Right now, I'm running in the mid-23's," he said. "I'd like to be a high 22's by sectionals. I've still got a few weeks to work on it."

Girls' team scores – 1. Corydon Central 141, 2. Silver Creek 113, 3. South Central 67, 4. Crawford County 42, 5. North Harrison 40, 6. Rock Creek Academy 21, 7. Lanesville 18, 8t. Eastern 15, 8t. Christian Academy of Indiana 15, 10t. Floyd Central 2, 10t. Providence 2.

Girls' individual results – 100 – Kylie Tincher (RCA) 13.11; 200 – Kylie Tincher (RCA) 27.63; 400 – Jessica Bachherms (SilCrk) 1:05.25; 800 – Maggie Shields (SilCk) 2:25.09; 1,600 – Ashton Bosler (NH) 5:33.48; 3,200 – Mackenzie Crouch (SilCk) 11:49.75; 100 hurdles – Sydney Capelle (Cor) 16.67; 300 hurdles – Sydney Capelle (Cor) 49.14; 400 relay – Corydon Central 52.25; 1,600 relay – Corydon 4:18.69; 3,200 relay – Silver Creek 10:20.57; High jump – Kaitlin Salomon (Cor) 4-10; Long jump – Jordan Dagenhart (Cor) 15-8-1/2; shot put – Emily Christman (SilCk) 33-8-3/4; Discus – Michelle Smith (CC) 102-11-1/2.

Boys' team scores – 1. Silver Creek 174, 2. North Harrison 67, 3. Corydon Central 64 1/3, 4. Salem 38, 5. Floyd Central 30, 6. Eastern 24, 7. Lanesville 21, 8t. South Central 19 1/3, 8t. Crawford County 19 1/3, 10. Christian Academy of Indiana 5, 11. Rock Creek Academy 3.

Boys' individual results – 100 – Bobby Haines (SilCk) 11.17; 200 – Clayton Miller (Cor) 23.84; 400 – Cody Whipker (Sal) 51.85; 800 – Morgan Davidson (SilCk) 2:03.66; 1,600 – Daniel Fleace (NH) 4:41.35; 3,200 – Daniel Fleace (NH) 10:08.12; 110 hurdles – Micah Lane (Lnsvl) 16.70; 300 hurdles – Jeff Grady (SilCk) 44.26; 400 relay – Silver Creek 45.17, 1,600 relay – Eastern 3:32.41; 3,200 relay – Silver Creek 8:32.24; High jump – Trent Farley (SilCk) 5-8; Dylan Knoop (NH) 5-8; Gary Blankenship (NH) 5-8; Long jump – Bobby Haines (SilCk) 20-6; Shot put – Dayton van Uitert (NH) 46-5-3/4; Discus – Schuyler Hosp (SilCk) 143-7.

Individual awards – Girls Track MVP – Sydney Capelle (Corydon Central), Kylie Tincher (Rock Creek) 20 points; Girls Field MVP – Kaitlin Salomon (Corydon Central) 18; Boys Field MVP – Schuyler Hosp (Silver Creek) 18; Boys Track MVP – Daniel Fleace (North Harrison) 20.

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