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Cougars come so close to team title

Cougars come so close to team title
Cougars come so close to team title
Jared Richards leaps over a hurdle in the finals of the 300-meter hurdles. (Photo by Brian Smith)

If a few events would have gone North Harrison’s way, the Cougars could have pulled the upset in the boys’ Mid-Southern Conference meet Thursday in Corydon.
The Cougars finished tied for third with Clarksville with 83 points, 12 points behind MSC champion Brownstown Central. Some could have argued the title was within North Harrison’s grasp except two events didn’t go the team’s way.
With a solid group of sprinters, North Harrison was disqualified in the 400-meter relay due to an exchange infraction. Then, in the 110-meter hurdle prelims, Jared Richards fell at the last hurdle, knocking him out of the finals.
‘A couple key things didn’t go our way today, and if they did, it may have been different,’ said North Harrison coach Joe Kellum. ‘We got disqualified in the 4-by-100, and Jared Richards fell in the 110-hurdle prelims. He was doing real well and fell at the last hurdle, but that happens.’
Richards bounced back strong in the 300-meter hurdles, winning the event in a three-way sprint to the finish, beating out Corydon Central’s Ryan Eichmiller in 42.3 seconds.
‘He recovered well and won the 300 hurdles with his fastest time ever,’ Kellum said. ‘He told one of our coaches that he was after the 300 hurdles after falling. He also jumped his best ever in the high jump, clearing 6 foot.’
Richards placed fifth in the high jump. Corydon Central’s Chad Salomon took fourth place.
North Harrison also picked up a team win in the 3200-meter relay. Tyler Byrne continued his assault on the distance runners, sweeping the 1600-meter run (4:30.9) and the 3200 (9:50.3).
The Cougars were also strong in the field events. Junior Alan Austin won the discus by a considerable margin, with his best throw coming at 159-9. Austin also placed second in the shot put (45-8). Corydon Central’s Tyler Jensen finished third in the discus (127-2).
In the long jump, North Harrison’s Bryan Schroeder placed second with a jump of 20-0.5.
‘Our distance and sprinters have always been strong; now we are rounding off with our field and hurdle events,’ Kellum said. ‘Alan Austin is throwing huge in the discus and shot right now.’
North Harrison has put together a strong season. Some of the highlights catching the coach’s eye was beating New Albany twice during the season.
‘If we can sharpen a few edges, we can be tough, but we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that are doing the best they can,’ Kellum added. ‘I hope we can get a good group of kids out of sectionals into regionals.’
Corydon Central finished in seventh with 57 points.
Eichmiller picked up a win in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.06 seconds.
Anther notable top Panther finisher was Sean Ettinger in the 400-meter dash (52.58).
The boys’ sectional track and field meet will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at Corydon Central at 6 p.m.
Team results: Brownstown Central 95, Silver Creek 87, North Harrison 83, Clarksville 83, Salem 79, Charlestown 72, Corydon Central 57, Austin 39, Scottsburg 23, Eastern (Pekin) 6.
Individual results: 100 ‘ 1. Baxtron, (Ch) 11.57, 2. Masters (Cl), 3. Napier (A); 200 ‘ 1. Braxton (Ch) 23.59, 2. Masters (Cl), 3. Leatherbury (Sa); 400 ‘ 1. Cutter (B) 51.72, 2. Eckert (SC), 3. Ettinger (CC); 800 ‘ 1. Crossman (BC) 1:58.8, 2. Jones (SC), 3. Baird (Sa); 1600 ‘ Byrne (NH) 4:30.9, 2. Crossman (BC), 3. Jones (SC); 3200 ‘ 1. Byrne (NH) 9:50.3, 2. Chwalek (SC), 3. Wink (Cl); 110 hurdles ‘ 1. Eichmiller (CC) 16.06, 2. Lewellen (Cl), 3. Eckert (SC); 300 hurdles ‘ 1. Richards (NH) 42.3, 2. Eichmiller (CC), 3. Lewellen (Cl); 400 relay ‘ 1. Charlestown 45.37, 2. Clarksville, 3. Brownstown Central; 1600 relay ‘ 1. Brownstown Central 3:33.2, 2. Clarksville, 3. Corydon Central; 3200 relay ‘ 1. North Harrison 8:26.9, 2. Silver Creek, 3. Brownstown Central; High jump ‘ 1. Leatherbury (Sa) 6-3, 2. Prichard (Sc), 3. Jackson (SC); Pole vault ‘ 1. Sebastian (A) 14-6, 2. Eckert (SC), 3. Hurley (BC); Long jump ‘ 1. Leatherbury (Sa) 20-10, 2. Schroeder (NH), 3. May (Ch); Shot put ‘ 1. Reeves (Cl) 49-1, 2. Austin (NH), 3. Baker (BC); Discus ‘ 1. Austin (NH) 159-9, 2. Baker (BC), 3. Jensen (CC).