FC off and running in Stargazer win
The Floyd Central girls’ and boys’ track teams made a clean sweep at the Corydon Stargazer Invitational track meet Friday night.
North Harrison finished second in the boys’ division, while Corydon had to settle for third in both categories.
The Highlanders got off to a good start as Steven Hnat handily won both throwing events in the discus and shot put. Hnat, however, was disappointed in his performance, throwing 162-7 in the discus and 54 feet, 10 inches in the shot.
North Harrison also got off to a good start in the field events, winning two. Jason Harrell won the high jump, while freshman Bryan Schroeder flew 21 feet, 1/2 inch to win the long jump.
‘I was concentrating on my speed instead of focusing on the board,’ Schroeder said. ‘It felt great. It felt like I was flying. My goal would be to break the North Harrison school record this year. That’s 21-7. I need to work on it a little bit. I need to work on my technique and form to get there. I’m having fun.’
In the girls’ field events, Borden’s Lindsey Cook took both throwing events. Crawford County sophomore Anna Bush finished second behind Cook in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
North Harrison’s Clara Rickman got a 16-foot effort in the long jump, but she had to settle for third. Rickman also scored in her sprinting events, placing third in the 100-meter dash and the 200 meters.
Corydon’s Jessi Rhodes was fastest in the girls 100 meters. The first four places were decided by just 0.59 seconds.
Floyd Central swept both the boys’ 100-meter dash and the 110-meter high hurdles, with Zach Koetter winning both events. Mitch Anderson was second in the 100 meters, with Daniel Hoskins second in the hurdles. Koetter was also second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Silver Creek’s Kelsey Page easily won the first distance event in the 1,600 meters.
South Central’s Sarah Pease battled with Floyd Central’s Andrea Trinkle on the final lap before taking second. Pease also scored in the girls hurdles events with a fifth in both the 100-meter and 300-meter events.
‘I ran pretty good (in the hurdles),’ Pease said. ‘I didn’t get that great of start and I’m disappointed in that, but I ran with good form.’
Crawford’s Lauren Schaftlein ran a strategic race, running in the middle pack the first two laps then pushing on the final two laps, passing North Harrison’s Amanda Wolseifer in the late going to place fourth.
North Harrison’s Ryan Byrne, last year’s Indiana Runner of the Year, pushed ahead of Floyd Central’s Ben Draper in the boys’ 1,600 meters to go on for a 4:27 win, just nine seconds off his personal best of 4:18, ran at last year’s state meet.
‘It went well for me,’ Byrne said. ‘I started out a second slower and the second lap was a little slow, too. I didn’t want to go out blazing my first lap, because I wanted to be around 1:07 or 1:08. That was my pace. I was just happy to be where I was in the race at that time.
‘I wanted to get under 4:30. So the last two laps, I definitely picked it up. I ran a 2:09 compared to a 2:18. I just felt like I had a lot of energy that last lap and gave it all I got. I was really pleased with my performance today.’
Byrne set a school record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.75.
Later, in the 3,200-meter run, the NH senior overcame a trip at the start to catch up with Draper and then take over in the last half of the race to get his third win of the night. Byrne’s 30 points (relays didn’t count) earned him Outstanding Athlete in the boys’ track division.
‘I got cut off a little bit, but it’s not how you start but how you finish,’ Byrne said of the 3,200 meters.
‘I could see (Draper) was deteriorating as we went along. We played a little cat and mouse. I think it was a help to me. It’s more of a mental game than a physical game.’
‘Nobody works any harder and deserves any more,’ North Harrison coach Dana Striegel said of Byrne. ‘We’ll work him out, then he’ll go on his own and do who knows what else. If he had somebody up there to push him for three laps, you don’t know what he could do. He would have been in the 4:18’s, where he ran in the state last year already.’
Striegel said he has tried a new program, to give Byrne somebody to chase in practice.
‘We don’t have anybody that can stay with him,’ he said. ‘We have our sprinters rabbit with him every 200 meters to make him chase somebody. He said he really liked doing that. It gave him somebody to chase after and he felt like that’s helped him.
‘His form is so much better this year, too. He’s worked on that. I don’t know if he did that in cross country, but when he came to track, you could tell it. He never tightened up. It’s just his conditioning.’
Crawford’s Sara Rothrock did double duty for Crawford, playing in a softball game before coming to the meet to run in the 800 meters. The extra work didn’t bother Rothrock, who led most of the way before finishing second behind Pekin’s Kristi Vest.
Corydon’s Brandon Wood took top honors in the boys’ 200-meter dash and was second in the 400 meters. He finished in a time of 23.35 seconds in the 200 and 52.97 in the 400 meters.
In the girls’ 3,200 meters, Page drafted off Pease for the first few laps before taking the lead for good. With a lap to go, however, Floyd Central’s Lisa Miville and Allison Laird passed Pease, pushing the South Central runner to fourth. In the last 200 meters Pease found an extra gear to push by the Floyd pair to finish second.