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Bussabarger out in two events

Bussabarger out in two events
Bussabarger out in two events
New Albany's Hali Alexander, left, gets the lean over Corydon Central's Meghan Bussabarger in the 100-meter hurdles during the finals of the Bedford Regional last Tuesday night. Bussabarger also earned a state finals berth in the high jump with a second-place finish. (Photos by Wade Bell)

Corydon’s Meghan Bussabarger jumped her way into this week’s state track finals last Tuesday night in the Bedford regional. The junior will compete at the Indiana University track in Bloomington on Friday afternoon.
Bussabarger battled with Orleans’ standout Jessica Smith in the late going of the high jump. The Corydon junior cleared 5-4 then just missed at 5-6, clipping the bar with her heel on her third attempt.
‘I thought I had the speed,’ Bussabarger said. ‘Jessica, she’s a great jumper. She has great form. I guess 5-6 just wasn’t in my forecast for today. I was a little tired.’
A light rain shower had come through before the end of the event with some colder air that made things more difficult.
‘I hate rain so much,’ Bussabarger laughed. ‘I’m freezing and my back is sore now. I just want to go home and take a hot bath.’
‘With my performance tonight, I’m very happy,’ she said. ‘Going to state, that’s my goal, to go four years in a row. I’m living it right now so I’m happy. I’m very pleased.’
The Corydon junior said she puts the state meet in her mind at the beginning of the season. Bussabarger will be seeded 11th in this year’s state finals, but she cleared 5-6 during the regular season, which would have her as a four seed.
‘At the beginning of the season, you have to do good each meet,’ Bussabarger said. ‘You have to be the best person out there or not the best. You have to be your best ’cause that’s just the competition. You practice for state.’
Smith, who will represent Orleans and the Patoka Lake Conference, not only won the event but set an Orleans record at 5-7.
The height puts the Lady Bulldog senior as the second seed behind Northwestern’s Megan Schubert by just a half inch.
‘I was so happy,’ said Smith. ‘I think God has blessed me with some achievements that’s been really awesome.
‘My coach always told me to visualize myself going over the bar. I’ve started to see myself getting over it and seeing the bar staying on the standard. I was just praying for the strength to do my best and trying to get focused.’
Like in the sectional, Bussabarger had to once again battle with New Albany’s Hali Alexander for the first position in the 100-meter hurdles. This race came down to who could lean the farthest at the end with Alexander getting the win by just .03 of a second.
‘There’s a few things I need to work on in my hurdles,’ Bussabarger admitted. ‘Alexander, she’s a great runner. My start was not what I wanted it to be. When I was with Alexander, I needed to stop looking and glancing because I messed up on the last two hurdles. You’re running and you look; I wasn’t focused.’
Crawford County’s 3200-meter relay team didn’t fare so well in their event, finishing 11th with a time of 10:54. Bloomington South won that race more than a minute faster at 9:44.
‘It was a bit disappointing but we tried,’ said anchor Lauren Schaftlein. ‘Renee has that hip problem that really affected it.’
Schaftlein missed the state finals by one position in the 1600-meter run, finishing fourth behind New Albany’s Carissa Martin who was third and got the last state spot. The Crawford senior was still able to smile, however, breaking Crawford’s school record with a time of 5:22.
North Harrison’s Amber Gresham had a disappointing day, finishing 14th in both the 1600 and 3200. Teammates Amanda Hartley and Laurinda Cockerham also were well back in the shot put and discus, failing to make the finals.
Lanesville’s Brittney Gayhart scored in the discus, finishing sixth with a distance of 106-3.
Corydon’s Kelly Eberly scored in the pole vault with a seventh-place finish with a height of nine feet.
South Central’s Shelby Miller was second among freshmen but sixth overall in the finals of the 300 hurdles. Miller completed the event in 50.18 seconds. Teammate Abigail Day failed to reach the finals of the shot put.
The girls’ state finals will take place Friday starting at 3 p.m. at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University. Admission is $7.
Girls team scores ‘ Bloomington South 96, Bloomington North 95, New Albany 56, Jeffersonville 42, Brownstown 40, Silver Creek 25, Floyd Central 24, Madison 22, Martinsville 19, Eastern Greene 19, Corydon 18, Paoli 17, Seymour 17, Orleans 14 Monrovia 13.5, Edgewood 12, Owen Valley 11, Cloverdale 11, Henryville 10, Scottsburg 8, Bedford-NL 8, Mooresville 8, Crothersville 6, Crawford County 6, Mitchell 6, Austin 5, Brown County 4.5, Salem 3, South Central 3, Lanesville 3, New Washington 1, Borden 1.
Girls individual results (Top 3 to State) ‘ 100 ‘ 1. Shanice Gholston (Jeff) 12.25, 2. Kaleb Barbour (NA) 12.82, 3. Becky Kennedy (FC) 12.85; 200 ‘ 1. Shanice Gholston (Jeff) 26.28, 2. Charlotte Zorn (BS) 26.81, 3. Kelsey Henselmeier (Mrtvl) 28.88; 400 ‘ 1. Heather Gonser (OV) 59.47, 2. Becky Kennedy (FC) 59.50, 3. Estee Outcalt (Mrsvl) 59.84; 800 ‘ 1. Brooke Bierhaus (BS) 2:20.57, 2. Kassie Kovert (Brntn) 2:22.60, 3. Carissa Martin (NA) 2:22.74; 1600 ‘ 1. Molly Hirt (BN) 11:28.00, 2. Kassie Kovert (Brntn) 5:13.00, 3. Carissa Martin (NA) 5:17.00; 3200 ‘ 1. Molly Hirt (BN) 11:28.00, 2. Nicole Lucas (BS) 11:41.00, 3. Audrey Thill (Pa) 11:42.00; 100 Hurdles ‘ 1. Hali Alexander (NA) 15.19, 2. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 15.22, 3. Emma Miller (BS) 15:39; 300 Hurdles ‘ 1. Lindsey Stevens (EstGrn) 47.08, 2. Hali Alexander (NA) 47.34, 3. Heather Stacey (SilCk) 48.01; 400 Relay ‘ 1. Jeffersonville 50.25, 2. Bloomington South 50.52, 3. Madison 51.15; 1600 Relay ‘ 1. Bloomington South 4:09.35, 2. Bloomington North 4:11.22, 3. New Albany 4:11.32; 3200 Relay ‘ 1. Bloomington North 9:44, 2. Bloomington South 9:56, 3. New Albany 10:02; High Jump ‘ 1. Jessica Smith (O) 5-7, 2. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 5-4, 3. Ashley Koosman (Clvrdl) 5-2; Pole Vault ‘ 1. Andrew Newcom (Jeff) 11-6, 2. Nicole Hess (SilCk) 10-6, 3. Erica New (BN) 10-6; Long Jump ‘ 1. Maggie Gilstrap (Hnryvl)17-7.5, 2. Kiaya Chemed (Pa) 17-3, 3. Rachel Robertson (BS) 16-11; Shot Put ‘ 1. Rachel Deloney (BN) 39-9.5, 2. Tia Deaton (Sctsbg) 37-11.5, 3. Bailey Lundy (Crthrsvl) 37-11.5; Discus ‘ 1. Rachel Deloney (BN) 154-8, 2. Sarah Baker (Brntn) 135-1, 3. Donna Ferree (SilCk) 119-9.

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