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Bussabarger, Miller qualify in hurdles

Bussabarger, Miller qualify in hurdles
Bussabarger, Miller qualify in hurdles
Corydon Central's Meghan Bussabarger looks for her landing spot as she flies over the bar in the high jump at the Corydon Central Sectional. Bussabarger won the event at 5 feet, 2 inches. (Photo by Wade Bell)

It was a day of both lows and highs at the girls’ sectional track meet at Corydon Central last Tuesday night, with New Albany dominating the meet with a 37-point win over runner-up Floyd Central. Corydon Central finished third, and North Harrison finished fourth.
The low of the day came as Corydon senior Gretchen Zimmerman hobbled in on crutches. Zimmerman, one of the favorites to win the long jump, saw her season come to an end just days before when she tore a ligament in her foot during a long jump drill.
‘It’s surreal right now,’ Zimmerman said as she watched with disappointment while others jumped in the competition.
Zimmerman, however, is already looking forward to her freshman year at Indiana University, where she will try out for the track team as a walk-on.
‘Not only does it want to motivate me to do better, because I’m going to be on a track team with state champions and runners-up, it makes me want to work harder,’ she said.
The points were spread around in the field events, but New Albany swept the long jump and was third in the high jump. Corydon won the high jump and the pole vault, and Lanesville’s Brittney Gayhart won the discus throw.
South Central’s Abigail Day was second in the shot put, with North Harrison’s Amanda Hartley third. Floyd Central’s Kelsie Bristol was second in the pole vault, and teammate Nikki Roberts grabbed the fourth and final regional berth in the long jump. Corydon’s Kelly Eberly also qualified for regionals in the pole vault along with teammate Amanda Jones in the 100-meter dash.
Meghan Bussabarger grabbed the top spot in the high jump but would have preferred a better performance.
‘In the high jump, I’d have rather got 5-4 for a better seed, but I’ll take a win,’ said Bussabarger, who also won the 100-meter hurdles.
Crawford County’s Lauren Schaftlein knew she wouldn’t be able to catch New Albany’s Carissa Martin in the 1,600 meters and focused on keeping the second position.
‘I was just trying to stay up there,’ Schaftlein said. ‘I didn’t want to get caught behind anyone, so I tried to stay in second throughout the whole race. I know what times (Martin) has been running recently, so I tried to stick where I was and stay in that position. I held it out to try to see how much closer I could get to the (school) record. I was three seconds off this time.’
With Bussabarger not running in the 300 hurdles, that opened a door for others at a shot at a regional spot. South Central’s Shelby Miller grabbed one of those positions with a second-place finish, and Floyd’s Nikki Roberts finished third.
‘It wasn’t one of my best races,’ Roberts said. ‘I think I could have done better. There was nobody there to challenge me, so it was a little bit harder. I try to pick the person with the closest time to me and base myself off her.’
Roberts said she kept her eye on Miller to push her along. Miller also qualified in the 100 hurdles.
After having to settle for fourth place in the 1,600 meters, New Albany’s Saisha Rairdon came back to win the 3,200-meter run. North Harrison’s Amber Gresham ran a complete strategic race, holding back during the first half of the race, then kicking at the end to finish second.
‘Usually, I run my first lap or two too fast, so I try to make myself stay back so I wouldn’t kill myself,’ Gresham, a senior, said. ‘I did that on purpose and saved some for the end … I didn’t think I was going to get second place, but I did better than I thought. If I had run the middle harder, I should have got first. I could have. I had too much left.’
Gresham said she knows what she has to do for that.
‘I don’t save so much next time,’ she said.
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Girls’ scores ‘ New Albany 170.5, Floyd Central 133.5, Corydon 60, North Harrison 58.5, Providence 56.5, Crawford County 44, Borden 34, South Central 22, Christian Academy 20, Lanesville 15
Girls’ results (Top 4 to regional) ‘ 100 ‘ 1. Kaleb Barbour (NA) 13.03, 2. Becky Kennedy (FC) 13.09, 3. Kellybrooke Lane (NA) 13.70, 4. Amanda Jones (Co) 13.99; 200 ‘ 1. Keleb Barbour (NA) 27.16, 2. Meghan Jones (FC) 27.39, 3. Angelicia Groves (NA) 28.24, 4. Kayla Plaiss (Bor) 28.91; 400 ‘ 1. Becky Kennedy (FC) 1:00.18, 2. Meghan Jones (FC) 27.39, 3. Haley Kasteler (NA) 1:03.58, 4. Sarah Frey (Prov) 1:04.70; 800 ‘ 1. Carissa Martin (NA) 2:23.2, 2. Lauren Schaftlein (CC) 2:29.23, 3. Morgan Kenner (CC) 2:31.57, 4. Kelsie Bristol (FC) 2:33.76; 1600 ‘ 1. Carissa Martin (NA) 5:19.44, 2. Lauren Schaftlein (CC) 5:34.25, 3. Hannah Keehn (FC) 5:38.58, 4. Saisha Rairdon (NA) 5:38.60; 3200 ‘ 1. Saisha Rairdon (NA) 12:36.36, 2. Amber Gresham (NH) 12:47.22, 3. Sadie Huth (FC) 12:59.69, 4. Stephanie Cave (NA) 13:06.60; 100 Hurdles ‘ 1. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 15.48, 2. Alexander Halli (NA) 16.40, 3. Shelby Miller (SoCent) 17.20, 4. Nikki Roberts (FC) 17.81; 300 Hurdles ‘ 1. Alexander Halli (NA) 48.02, 2. Shelby Miller (SoCent) 49.63, 3. Nikki Roberts (FC) 51.29, 4. Hannah Finchum (NA) 53.13; 400 Relay ‘ 1. New Albany 52.01, 2. Floyd Central 54.09, 3. Providence 55.30, 4. Corydon 55.54; 1600 Relay ‘ 1. New Albany 4:14.88, 2. Floyd Central 4:17.08, 3. Providence 4:28.70, 4. Crawford County 4:32.29; 3200 Relay ‘ 1. New Albany 10:11.07, 2. Crawford County 10:31.94, 3. Floyd Central 10:38.70, 4. Providence 10:52.68; High Jump ‘ 1. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 5-2, 2. Alexandra Thompson (CA) 5-0, 3. Jensen Ricke (NA) 4-10, 4. Alex Rodden (Prov) 4-8; Pole Vault ‘ 1. Kelly Eberly (Co) 9-0, 2. Kelsie Bristol (FC) 8-6, 3. Kayla Plaiss (Bor) 7-6, 4. Brittney Newton (Bor) 7-6; Long Jump ‘ 1. Angelica Groves (NA) 15-11, 2. Janise Wehmiller (NA) 15-5-1/2, 3. Alexandra Thompson (CA) 15-3-1/4, 4. Nikki Roberts (FC) 15-1-1/2; Shot Put ‘ 1. Melissa Hunt (Bor) 34-1, 2. Abigail Day (SoCent) 32-1, 3. Elyce Williams (Prov) 31-2, 4. Amanda Hartley (NH) 30-1; Discus ‘ 1. Brittney Gayhart (L) 102-7, 2. Laurinda Cockerham (NH) 93-6, 3. Amanda Hartley (NH) 90-7, 4. Jessi Grosheider (FC) 88-3.