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CC, Brownstown cruise at North Harrison Invite

Corydon Central’s boys came into Friday night’s chilly North Harrison Invitational as hardy favorites and lived up to the hype with a powerful 56-point victory over second-place North Harrison, 118-72.
South Central was eighth (46), but senior runner Aaron Vaught set school and meet records in the 400 with a time of 50.65. Jared Comer of Austin also set a meet record in the discus (158-7).
All eyes were fixed on Corydon, however.
‘We really enjoy this meet and this track,’ Panthers coach Kerry Zimmerman said. ‘The kids, you could tell they were working real hard. It would have been nice if the weather could have been a little warmer and not quite as windy. I think you would have seen better performances, but you’ve got to take the elements as they come.’
Corydon went to one of its many strengths ‘ field events ‘ early on, picking up a win with Quentin Combs in the long jump (21-8.5), a pair of seconds in the put (Casey Tuscherer, 45-4.5) and the vault (Jon Windell (11-6) and a third by Ben Robertson in the high jump (5-8).
From there it was to the running events. Combs won the 110m hurdles (15.3) and set a meet record in the 300m hurdles (40.65). Brandon Wood was third in the 200 (23.65).
And in the relay events, Corydon pretty much had its way, scoring wins in the 400 (meet record time of 44.9), 800 (1:36.9), 1600 (3:35.4), second in the 3200 (8:36.2) and third in the freshman 1600 (4:07.8).
The only relay competition the Panthers did not score in was the freshman 400, where South Central was second at 49.81.
‘We’ve got a lot of depth,’ Zimmerman said. ‘This meet here definitely pays off. Where the other schools are trying to throw some people in, we’ve got a lot of depth in that speed. That just pays off.’
North, which pushed its record to 28-3, picked up some nice finishes as well, with Ryan Byrne and Scott Robertson going 1-2 in the mile in 4:31 and 4:34, respectively.
Robertson won the two-mile in 9:57.8 while Byrne was third in the 800 in 2:05.42.
The Cougars won the two-mile relay (Robertson, Kyle Beckman, Andrew Wolsiefer, Byrne) in 8:27, and its 800 relay team of Lance Mitchell, Cory Beckman, Andrew Johnson and Allen Hutson was third in 1:41.1. Lance Mitchell was third and had a personal best in the long jump at 20-0 as well.
South Central’s best finishes came from Vaught in the 400 and 200 (second in 23.59), Daniel Newman was second in the 110m hurdles (16.0), and Jared Wilkerson gutted out a third-place finish in the 300m hurdles in 44.18.
Providence’s Aaron Mitchell was the MVP for track athletes with 28 points while Roy Shafer of Clarksville was MVP in the field events with 18 points.
On the girls side, Brownstown led an all-out assault on the record books with four new marks being established by the Lady Braves and one other by Providence’s 800m relay quartet.
Brownstown posted a 40-point win over Providence with Corydon fourth, North Harrison sixth, and South Central ninth.
Leading the charge for the Squaws was senior Winter Holman, who set a record in the 800 in 2:03.1. The freshman 400 relay (45.1) and the freshman mile relay (4:28.8) teams also set records for Brownstown. Rounding out the day’s best was Caitlyn Berry, who had a put of 40-3 1/8 for the Lady Braves.
There were no local winners; however, several athletes finished in the top three.
For Corydon, Sarah Esarey was third in the long jump (14-8); the 800 relay was third in 2:02.7; the freshman 1600 relay was third in 4:49.6; Colleen Merk was second in the 400 (1:03.96); the freshman 400 relay was second, and the two-mile quartet was third.
South Central’s Ashley Koons had the highest finish for her team, third in the 400 in 1:05.61. She also finished fifth in the 200 in 27.96. Freshman Sarah Pease was fifth in both the mile (5:52) and the two-mile (12:58.31).
North Harrison’s freshman 400 relay team was third in 58.6, Grut was fourth in the shot put, and Stultz was fifth in the long jump.
Some information for this story by Wade Bell, The Clarion News.