Corydon makes another sweep of county track
Another year, another county track championship.
In what’s becoming a formality, Corydon Central’s boys and girls track teams swept the Harrison County Track Meet last night here after a 20-minute rain delay.
The Panthers, using a split-squad, were hardly slowed by Mother Nature with a score of 125 points, followed distantly by North Harrison (55), South Central (38) and Lanesville (26). The Lady Panthers also won with 98 points, followed by a tie between South Central and North Harrison (51) and Lanesville (21).
In all, three boys records were smashed, one girls record was tied and one other girls record went into the books as a provisional mark (because the event was run as an exhibition and not scored).
Here’s a run-down of the night’s action, with the record performances in bold: 100 ‘ Lanesville’s David Barr had the top finish for the Eagles and took the top spot in 11.1, with Corydon’s Billy Saulman second and Zac Robson third. 110H ‘ Quentin Combs established a new mark when he clocked in for the win in 15.1 seconds, erasing the old record of Chris Davidson (15.5 in 1997). South’s Daniel Newman set a school mark of 15.4 in second place and Phillips of Lanesville was third. 200 ‘ Saulman came through for a win in 22.8 with Lanesville Barr second and Brandon Wood of Corydon third. 300H ‘ Robson won in 44.7 for Corydon with Waiz and Hill of North Harrison second and third. 400 ‘ Aaron Vaught continued his hot streak by setting a new meet record time of 50.8 in the event, shattering the old record of Matt Murley of Corydon (51.3 set in 1989). North’s Waiz was second and Walker of Corydon came home third. 400 relay ‘ Corydon’s quartet clocked in at 45.3 in the event, followed by North Harrison and South Central. 1600 relay ‘ Again, Corydon won, but this time it set a new county meet record. Michael Emily, Andrew Engleman, Zolman and Walker paired up to cross the line in 3:35 in the night’s final event. They beat the old mark of 3:37.1 set in 1988 by North Harrison’s Burgher, Seig, Wise and Wright. 800 ‘ Corydon’s Cory Thatcher came through down the stretch to pull out the win in 2:07, followed by teammates Sean Kravitz and Phillip Barth to complete the sweep. 1600 ‘ Ryan Byrne and Scott Robertson, as they’ve done for most of their careers at North Harrison, went 1-2 in the mile, with Byrne winning in 4:37. Kravitz was third. 3200 ‘ Byrne came back a short while later and won the two-mile race in 10:24, followed closely by Lanesville’s Brandon Zoll and North’s Andrew Wolsiefer. 3200 relay ‘ In one of the few ‘locks’ on the night, the Cougars’ quartet of Byrne, Robertson, Wolsiefer and Kyle Beckman won in 8:52. Corydon was second, Lanesville was third and South came in fourth. High jump ‘ Despite the wet conditions around the event area, Combs won the high jump with a leap of 6-0. Teammate Adam Melton was second and Stephen Bottoms, who had a scare on the night when he failed to land on the mat and gashed his head, was third. Long jump ‘ Wood pulled out the victory in the event with a jump of 19-9.5. Josh McRae followed in second for South and Mitchell was third for the Cougars. Shot put ‘ Casey Tuscherer got things started for Corydon with a win and a throw of 42-2.5. South Central’s Ben Hanus came in second and Aaron Dougherty was third for the Panthers. Discus ‘ Dougherty had a nice toss of 146-1 in the discus to claim first place. Tuscherer was second and Jonathon Robinson measured in for third. Pole vault ‘ The Panthers swept the vault, with Jon Windell earning bragging rights after clearing 12-6 for the win. Dustin Graham and Gavin Steele finished out the top three for Corydon.
Girls Races ‘ 100 ‘ Ashley Koons came up big in the final few steps to pull out one of four wins on the night for South’s girls. Koons won in 13.24 with Lanesville’s Shelby Acton second and Colleen Merk of Corydon third. 100H ‘ Alecia Forbes tied a meet record with a time of 17.4 in the 100m hurdles. She equalled the mark of 17.4 set in 2000 by Corydon’s Holly Parks. Fellow Lady Panther Jackie Melton was second and Sarah Pease, competing in the event for only the second time in high school, was third. 200 ‘ Koons followed her 100m win with a victory in the 200 as well in 27.8. Merk was second and Brooke South lumbered home in third. 300H ‘ Melton cruised to the win in 52.07, followed by Pease and North’s Gayla Schmelz. 400 ‘ Merk had one of her best times this season, turning in a win in 1:02.8, with Koons second and Stannye Wolfe of Corydon third. 400 relay ‘ Melton, Forbes, Miranda Melton and Julie Hoehn were the ones to beat last night as they won in 55.6. North was second and South came in third. 800 ‘ Sophomore Sarah Carver set the pace in the half-mile, placing first for Corydon in 2:40. Teammate Sarah Esarey was second and Lanesville’s Rebeccah Robles was third. 1600 ‘ Robles turned in the co-highest finish by a Lady Eagle as she won the mile in 5:52 over South’s Pease and North Harrison’s Copeland. 1600 relay ‘ Merk, Esarey, Carver and Kristina Fessel won the night’s opening event with ease, clocking in at 4:39. North Harrison was second. 3200 ‘ Pease finished her evening with a win in 12:51 over North’s Jackie Sauerheber and Corydon’s Burch. 3200 relay ‘ Lady Panthers Carver, Fessel, Esarey and Brooke South teamed up for a county championship in 11:26, followed by North Harrison. High jump ‘ Corydon freshman Kate Jones cleared 4-8 to place first, with teammate Jackie Melton second and Jenafer Hulsebus third for North Harrison. Long jump ‘ Acton nipped out the competition with a jump of 15-5 3/4 for Lanesville in her win. Lady Rebels Kim Duncan and Ashley Koons rounded out the top three positions. Shot put ‘ Brittany Grut gave the Lady Cats something to cheer about with her victory in the put on a toss of 34-4. Wolfe of Corydon was second, followed by Collard of North. Discus ‘ Amanda Hornickle set a personal record and was crowned a county champ on a discus throw of 113-4. Collard was second for North and Ashley Withers was third for the Lady Panthers. Pole vault ‘ For the first time in the history of the Harrison County Meet, girls could compete in the vault. Corydon Central was the only school to offer up a competitor, so it was decided that the event would be classified as an exhibition (non-scoring event). The lone brave soul who will have her name atop the new standard for one season was Corydon Central sophomore Miranda Melton, who cleared 6-6. If there is enough interest, meet directors can choose to score the event in the future.