New Albany snares 8th-straight sectional
After winning last year’s sectional championship at Corydon Central, a couple of New Albany athletes celebrated by frolicking in the mud. One year later at the same facility in the same event, they chose a different tactic by dumping a cooler full of ice cold water on the head of one of the assistant Lady Bulldog coaches.
Who knows what’s on tap for an encore, but one thing was for certain last night: New Albany can turn water into line ‘ as in a finish line.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the Corydon Sectional, scoring 140.5 points and winning their eighth-straight sectional by an staggering 43.5 points over second-place Floyd Central (97). Borden (82) was third, followed in order by Corydon Central (61), North Harrison (52), Eastern (47.5), Crawford County (37), South Central (30), Salem (13), Christian Academy (10), Lanesville (9) and West Washington (5).
New Albany also established a new standard in the 4×100 relay, shading more than a second off a decade-old record, with Whitney Todd equaling a 100m dash mark that had stood since 2001. In all, the Lady ‘Dogs won all but three track events.
The 400 relay team of juniors Kristal Beach and Whitney Hickman, sophomore Kayla Hardin and freshman Kristen Roberts. They won in 49.95.
Todd tied the 2001 record of 12.69 in the 100 dash set by Corydon’s Hyla Kitterman.
While New Albany monopolized the top spot in most of the events, several great finishes were turned in by Harrison County athletes. All that was needed to advance to next Tuesday’s Bedford-North Lawrence Regional was to finish in the top four spots.
Leading the way was the lone win by a county athlete: Clara Rickman, a junior from North Harrison, leaped 16-4 1/4 in the long jump to snare the victory over Lanesville’s Shelby Acton, who turned in a jump of 16-0 3/4.
Rickman won last week’s Mid-Southern Conference title in the long jump as well.
Rickman was fourth in the 200 in 27.70 to advance.
All of Corydon’s relay teams advanced to Bedford, scoring a third in the 400m relay (54.05), a third in the 1600m in 4:26.6 and fourth in the two-mile (11:11.38).
Running the 400 for the Lady Panthers were Alecia Forbes, Julie Hoehn, Miranda Melton and Kate Jones. The 1600 team consisted of Alaine Burch, Sarah Carver and the two-mile team was Burch, Carver, Kim Barth and Megan Greer.
Corydon’s Jessi Rhodes was third in the 100 in 13.18, teammate Forbes got up for third in the 100 hurdles in 17.48, Sarah Carver was third in the 800 in 2:29.96, Jones was fourth in the high jump at 4-8 and Stannye Wolfe turned in some of her best throws of the season, finishing second in the discus with a toss of 112-00 and third in the shot (33-2).
‘I thought all of the girls competed very well. Any time you can get all of your relay teams out in this kind of competition, you have to be pleased,’ Corydon coach Kerry Zimmerman said.
South Central Sophomore Sarah Pease was second in the 3200, turning in a great time of 11:58.80. She was also fourth in the mile in 5:35.57.
North Harrison’s 400m relay quartet of Rickman, Keo Perryman, Kelly Thevenot and Tara Miller was fourth in 54.09 to advance to the regional as well.
Lady Cat Brittany Grut was runner-up in the shot (33-9) and teammate Angela Collard was fourth in the discus (105-9).
Crawford County’s 3200 relay team moved on by placing second last night in 10:39.2, with the mile relay also advancing with a fourth-place finish in 4:26.6.