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North boys nab league title; SC girls second at SAC

Just one week after ending Corydon Central’s long run of Harrison County track titles, North Harrison’s boys snapped another streak last Thursday night at the Mid-Southern Conference meet at CCHS.
The Cougars got it done with a few wins ‘ and even more high finishes ‘ throughout the night. In the end, they scored the program’s first boys conference track title since 1986. The host Panthers had won the previous eight championships.
‘We’re proud to keep the championship in the county, but we’re even prouder to take it from Corydon,’ North coach Dana Striegel said. ‘I don’t mean that in a cocky way, but we’re just really happy with winning the conference. This is what we’ve been shooting for, and now (for the sectionals) it’s about getting the individuals out and through the state tournament.’
North picked up the win with 128 points, followed by Clarksville with 101. Corydon was third with 91.33 points.
Among the winners for the Cougars were senior Andrew Wolsiefer in the 800 (2:05), Ryan Byrne in the 1600 and 3200 in 4:32.06 and 9:49.45, respectively, and the two-mile relay team of Byrne, Ben Robertson, Scott Robertson and Anthony Robertson that won in 8:30.23.
Wolsiefer was second in the 1600 (4:44.29), and Jordan Waiz was runner-up in the 400 (53.25). North Harrison’s relay teams in the 400 and 1600 were runners-up as well.
Ben Robertson was third in the 800, Scott Robertson was third in the 3200, with Jason Harrell and Ben Robertson tying for third in the high jump (5-10).
Alan Hutson marked a couple of scoring finishes in the 100 and 200, and Marty Hill scored in both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles.
‘There were so many PBs that I couldn’t even begin to tell you what they all were. It was just a total team effort. I can attribute it to working hard the past couple of weeks and the conference schools giving us good competition,’ Striegel said.
‘We had a long way to go from the beginning of the season to now. It’s been senior leadership and really good freshmen. The seniors led and the freshmen followed.’
The Panthers were paced by sophomore Billy Saulman, who won the 200 (23.10), the 400 (52.45), was nosed out for third in the 100 (11.5) and anchored the 4×400 relay team (with Eric Haub, Philip Barth and Anthony Mellado) to a win in 3:38.89.
Teammate Brandon Wood had a nice meet as well, with second in the 200, third in the long jump, and fourth in the 100.
‘If Billy gets out better in the 100, I think he wins all three races. He had probably the worst start I’ve ever seen anybody have in the 100, and if the races is 10 more meters, I think he wins. He ran really well the whole night,’ said Corydon coach Kerry Zimmerman. ‘Brandon Wood had a good track meet, and I think he was the best long jumper here. He ran some great races and did what he had to do.’
Barth was fourth in the 800, Matt Karnes was fifth in the 110 hurdles, and Casey Tuchscherer was fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot.
Zimmerman said there was no doubt North was the front-runner for the league crown:
‘That meet was North Harrison’s to lose. It wasn’t for anyone else to win, but for North Harrison to lose. They have hammers in there in distance that will get them big points, and then their hurdlers, their high jumpers and those types of guys who are going to get fourth, fifth and sixth spots. I had them slotted to get 125 points, and they ended up with 128. They just weren’t going to lose.’
— Borden’s boys and girls swept the Southern Athletic Conference Meet on Saturday at Corydon Central.
South Central’s boys wound up fourth and Lanesville’s fifth. On the girls side, the Lady Rebels were runners-up. Lanesville came home in fifth spot.
Lanesville’s two-mile relay team was the lone winner among Harrison County schools on the boys side with a time of 8:55.31. South was second in that event.
Lanesville’s Brandon Zoll was runner-up in the 3200 run, and South’s Craig Blackman was third in the mile.
In the field events, Ben Hanus picked up a pair of thirds in the discus and shot events for South, while teammate Steven Bottoms was second in the high jump.
Unlike the weather, things were a bit sunnier on the girls side for South Central and Lanesville.
Lady Rebel sophomore Sarah Pease won four events.
She won the 100 hurdles (18.5), the mile (5:32), the 300 hurdles (52.14) and the 3,200 (11:57).
Her time in the 3200 was a conference record.
Orwick was third in the 100 hurdles, Samantha Troutman was third in the 400 and second in the long jump, and Melissa Biesel was third on the long jump.
Jamie Babcock came through in the field events for the Lady Rebels with a second in the shot and a third in the discus.
Shelby Acton scored victories in the 100 (13.95) and long jump (14-10) for the Lady Eagles.