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Pease, Bussabarger advance to state

In one of the toughest Bedford girls’ regional track meets the are has seen in several years, Harrison County schools advanced two runners to the state finals.
Not only was it tough running, but it was also tough in the field events, as well, with none of the local sectional qualifiers finishing in the top three.
Corydon Central’s Gretchen Zimmerman cleared five feet, to score in the high jump with an eighth-place finish, and North Harrison’s Jamie Johnson finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 8-1/2 inches. Corydon’s Meghan Bussabarger, who was seeded second in the high jump, said it was one of those days.
‘I think I’ve had an off day,’ Bussabarger said. ‘Unfortunately, it just had to be regionals. I was so mad. I had one more chance in high jump and a 50-50 chance, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to make it.’ ‘
‘It’s not a physical thing, because her step was right on and her approach looked good,’ Corydon coach Kerry Zimmerman. ‘It was just a mental thing for her.’
New Albany’s Hali Alexander had beaten Corydon’s Meghan Bussabarger in the 100-meter hurdles finals at the sectional and also during the hurdle trials earlier in the meet. In the regional final, the Corydon freshman zipped down lane three to not only beat Alexander, but finish second in a personal best time of 15.96 seconds.
Bussabarger said her poor showing in the high jump pushed her to run harder in the hurdle event.
‘It was, ‘Bust your butt and get down to the finish line second or third,’ ‘ she said. ‘I looked at the check-in sheet, and I knew that I was third. I said, ‘I’ve got to run hard.’ I knew the other people were good runners, so I knew I had to bust my butt and go with it.’
South Central’s Sarah Pease usually runs her best in the 3,200 meters, but this time it was the 1,600 meters where Pease saw things go well. Pease took the lead in the first 300 meters but fell back to second behind Bloomington North’s Molly Hirt after one lap. Brownstown’s Kassie Kovert moved to second, but Pease had a solid gap over White River Valley’s Jennifer Hughes, who was in fourth. Hirt went on to get the win over Kovert while Pease finished third with a big smile on her face.
The South Central senior finished fifth in the 3,200 meters.
North Harrison’s Keo Perryman struggled in the 400-meter dash, as did the Lady Cat 1,600-meter relay team in its event.
Perryman was 10th in a time of 1:03.4 while the mile relay team was last (16th) in 4:52.
At Friday’s state meet on the campus of Indiana University, Bussabarger will run in Lane 1 of the first heat of the 100m hurdles.
There are 27 competitors in the event. The top two in each of the three heats, plus the next three best times, advance to the 100m hurdle final that evening.
Pease is seeded 23rd among 27 runners in the mile.
Field event trials and finals begin at 3 p.m., with running events set to start at 4:15.
The 100m hurdle trials are scheduled to go off at approximately 5:15, with the mile to be run at 6:35 p.m.