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Stargazer: Team titles won by Corydon, NH

Stargazer: Team titles won by Corydon, NH
Stargazer: Team titles won by Corydon, NH
Corydon CentralÂ’s Austin Bray (second from left) outleans teammate Lucas Windell (center) to win the boys 100-meter dash in the Stargazer meet Friday night. BrayÂ’s time was 11.81 seconds. Photos by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

The annual Stargazer track meet Friday night, hosted by Corydon Central High School, brought out the stars, and the North Harrison Cougars and Corydon Central Lady Panthers brought out their best as they won their respective team categories.
The Lady Panthers earned a 19-point win over runner-up North Harrison, while the Cougars won over the Panthers, 110-90.
In the field events, the big points were spread around in the girls’ division. North Harrison’s Emily Giles won the long jump at 15 feet, 7-1/2 inches, while Corydon Central’s Danielle Uesseler won the high jump at 4-10. Floyd Central’s Rachel Kavagazoff won the girls’ pole vault at 10-6.
In the throwing events, Charlestown’s Megan Brooks won the discus with a distance of 103 feet, 3 inches, while Silver Creek’s Emily took top honors in the shot put with a distance of 32-7.
The points were also spread around in the boys’ field events. Salem won two events with Cameron Grigsby winning the high jump at 6-6 and Landon Winslow won the pole vault at 12 feet. South Central’s Collin Kendall won the long jump with a leap of 18-11, and Lanesville’s Justin Dalhoff threw the shot 44-8-1/2 for the win. Crawford County’s Johnny Schwartz came up a foot short of a school record in the discus with a throw of 147 feet to win the discus throw.
‘It was quite crazy,’ said Schwartz. ‘It was pretty well close to perfect. I did my throw before that, and I went to my coach and he gave me some advice and, my last one, he said, ‘Just give this one all you’ve got.’ I just threw it out there. It felt right.’
The Crawford County junior said he feels he can break the 150-foot barrier.
In the first of the running events, Silver Creek bettered North Harrison to win the girls’ 3,200 relay, while in the boys’ race senior Jonathan Reynolds gave the Cougars the lead on the second leg, allowing North Harrison to win the event in a time of 8:24.34 with Silver Creek in second (8:48.15).
‘Curtis (Wetzel) ran a really good (first) leg today,’ said Reynolds. ‘He PRed today. He ran a really good time so he did good for that and, then, I just know my job was to get the lead. We didn’t have anything to worry about. I knew as soon as I got the lead our next two legs could stay with any other two legs. It was confidence in the team.’
In the 110 high hurdles, Crawford County’s Travis Banet battled with a much taller Jared Blevins of Salem over each hurdle. The finish came down to who could lean the farthest, with Blevins getting the win in the end.
‘Almost got him,’ Banet said. ‘I had a good start. I just got a little tuckered out about that fourth or fifth hurdle. I went back to four-stepping instead of three-stepping. After that, he caught up on me. I’d take another six inches if I could get it, but I have to work with what I’ve got.’
The girls’ 100 hurdles event came down to three runners who were in a near dead heat at the end. When it was made official, Corydon Central sophomore Olivia Lawson was declared the winner in a time of 17.31 with Austin’s Jasmine Lovins second at 17.32 and Floyd Central’s Kim Foster third at 17.70.
‘I think the other girls three-stepped and I was four-stepping,’ a smiling Lawson said after the win. ‘I was running really hard … I feel better than I did last year, but I feel I’m improving now. I kind of had a slow start.’
North Harrison’s Emily Giles had a big night, winning four events. The first came in the 100 where the Lady Cats senior won in a time of 13.21. Giles won the long jump with a distance of 15-7-1/2 and the 200 in 27.88 seconds. The senior also anchored the North Harrison 400 relay team to a win in a time of 53.79 seconds.
‘I’m feeling good,’ Giles, who said there are areas to improve so she can run better, said with a smile. ‘I need to work on my blocks because I have to catch up. Sometimes I stand up out of the blocks but sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have good days where I’ll push out. I guess I stood up on that one, but I still took care of it.’
The first five places of the boys’ 100-meter dash was separated by just 0.2 second. It appeared that Corydon Central’s Lucas Windell had the win, but teammate Austin Bray (11.81) had edged out Windell (11.83) after viewing of the electronic timer. North Harrison’s Jacob Cundiff (11.97) was third with Salem’s Terry Wigley (11.98) fourth and Crawford County’s Seth Morgenstern (12.01) fifth. Windell said the main goal was to get the Panthers the top two spots.
‘I told Austin, ‘One of us has to get this one. I don’t care who it is. We just need some points,’ ‘ Windell said. ‘All the adrenaline just builds up the 10 or 11 seconds it takes to get down the track. The last 10 yards is the hardest. You don’t want to die out. I told Austin we’ve got to stay in there and give it all at the end and we did. We just wanted us in the top two, so we accomplished that.’
The girls’ 1,600 began with North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler, South Central’s Rachel Pease and Silver Creek’s Rachel Clemons battling for domination through the first two laps. At that point, Bosler and Pease pulled away, and, on the last lap, Bosler kicked to win in a time of 5:11.98 with Pease second (5:36.70).
‘I didn’t have a plan,’ Bosler said. ‘Once the gun shot, I just took off. My body just took me. Usually, once I’m up there, it’s just all in your head. I could hear some ‘Ashtons’ and I could hear some ‘Rachels.’ I didn’t know how far but I was knew I was pulling away little by little. I couldn’t hear her footsteps anymore.’
‘I felt really strong the whole time,’ Pease said. ‘It felt good. It’s early. You just train through these meets then you race for the ones in May. We haven’t worked on speed work, just building a base, just putting in miles.’
North Harrison’s Johnnie Guy and Jonathan Reynolds battled with Austin’s Jeremy Johnson through the first three laps of the boys’ 1,600. Guy pulled away in the end to win in a personal best time of 4:25.76 with Reynolds second (4:28.71), Johnson third (4:32:05) and Corydon Central’s Levi Johnson pulling fourth (4:32.11).
‘We kind of picked it up the third lap,’ Guy said. ‘With 800 to go, Jonathan made a move and I felt I had to get around him. So, I went around him and I just tried to push in all the way. I knew I gained some ground on Jonathan. I knew he was going to catch me at the last minute, but I kicked it as hard as I could the last 200.’
Pease later came back to give the Lady Rebels a win in the girls’ 800. Pease finished three seconds ahead of North Harrison’s Haley Elliott (2:40.38) with a time of 2:36.99. Corydon Central’s Brianna Norris was third (2:49.00).
‘We want to be under 2:30, but we’ll take it,’ Pease said. ‘It’s early and I’m not really stressed about it. We’re just trying out some events to see what I like best and what I’m going to compete well in. I like both, but I’m a 3,200 personally. The 800 is a little faster and out of my comfort zone, but it’s not bad.’
In the boys’ 800, North Harrison’s Reynolds and Crawford County’s Chase Broughton battled for the top spot through the first lap. On the final circuit, Reynolds was finally able to pull away to win in 2:04.15 with Broughton second in 2:05.93.
‘I knew he was going to be right there to do it because he’s real driven and his training is going well right now,’ Reynolds said. ‘He ran a really good race for that second place. My strongest is the kick, and I’m even better if I use the whole last lap to kick.’
‘He’s really good,’ Broughton said of Reynolds. ‘He was second at sectional last year, so I’m happy being right behind him. I knew I’d have to beat him if I wanted to win. I gave it all I had, so I’m happy with second place. I’ve been working hard because I want to break that school record of 1:59.7. I think Jonathan will help me do that, having him push ahead of me.’
Alex Boling gave the Floyd Central Highlanders their only win of the night with a first place in the boys’ 200. Boling bettered Corydon
Central’s Marcus Jones with a time of 24.27 with North Harrison’s Cundiff third (24.40) and Corydon Central’s Bray fourth (24.86).
For a while, it looked like Silver Creek’s Rachel Clemons was going to run away to win the girls’ 3,200-meter run pulling away from North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler to lead by a full straight-away by lap six of eight. On the final lap, Bosler found another gear and some extra wind to still finish second but just two seconds behind in 12:20.01
‘I got it in my head that she was fading so I have to go,’ Bosler said. ‘I should have never let myself get that far behind. It’s discouraging when you see somebody that far ahead of you. I really had no clue who my competition would be here and who would be that far ahead of me. I had my sights on her the whole race, but only my head was focused the last two laps or so. I need to pick it up in the beginning if I have that much left.’
Corydon Central’s Brianna Norris gave the Lady Panthers some much needed points with a fourth-place finish in the event at 13:12.86.
‘All I can say is (Silver Creek’s) Brittany (Sharp) and Ashton pulled away and I knew I didn’t have enough energy for that,’ Norris said. ‘About lap five or six, I heard Floyd (Gabrielle Rodiquez) and (North Harrison’s) Natalie (Hollensead) coming up behind me with their breathing and their footsteps. I was like, ‘Oh no!’ Then, the seventh lap I came up and they were right on me. I was like, ‘If I can only hold them off, I can sprint the last 200.’ It was that emergency fuel I need I guess because (coach) Derrick (Singleton) was telling me we need these points to win.’
Johnnie Guy gave the Cougars another win in the boys’ 3,200 meters, winning in a time of 9:44.68. On the last lap, Corydon Central’s Levi Taylor pushed by Austin’s Jeremy Johnson and North Harrison’s Josh Guy to take second in a time of 9:55.34.
‘I was pretty excited coming down the straight-away,’ Taylor said. ‘It was a 9:55. I figured I had an under-10 in me. I thought I could do low 10s. I guess you can do things you don’t think you can’t do sometimes. It’s a pretty big boost. I’m pretty excited because it’s a pretty big thing this year. I’ve got a little more in me.’
Girls’ team scores ‘ Corydon 106, North Harrison 87, Floyd Central 61, Silver Creek 59, Charlestown 51, Eastern 46, Crawford County 30, South Central 25, Austin 11, Rock Creek 10, Lanesville 6, Christian Academy of Indiana 3.
Girls’ individual results ‘ 100 ‘ Emily Giles (NH) 13.21; 200 ‘ Emily Giles (NH) 27.88; 400 ‘ Jessica Farmer (Chrlstn) 1:02.59; 800 ‘ Rachel Pease (SoCent) 2:36.99; 1,600 ‘ Ashton Bosler (NH) 5:31.98; 3,200 ‘ Rachel Clemons (SilCk) 12:18.67; 100 hurdles ‘ Olivia Lawson (Co) 17:31; 300 hurdles ‘ Jordan Dagenhart 52.05; 400 relay ‘ North Harrison 53.79; 1,600 relay ‘ Eastern 4:36.07; 3,200 relay ‘ Silver Creek 10:51.22; High jump ‘ Danielle Uesseler (Co) 4-10; Pole vault ‘ Rachel Kavagazoff (FC) 10-6; Long jump ‘ Emily Giles (NH) 15-7-1/2; Shot put ‘ Emily Christman (SilCk) 32-7; Discus ‘ Megan Brooks (Chrlstn) 103-3.
Boys’ team scores ‘ North Harrison 110, Corydon 90, Salem 72, Crawford County 48, Eastern 40, Austin 34, Silver Creek 33, South Central 30, Lanesville 11, Christian Academy of Indiana 2, Charlestown 2.
Boys’ individual results ‘ 100 ‘ Austin Bray (Co) 11.81; 200 ‘ Alex Bowling (FC) 24.27; 400 ‘ Kyle Chesser (NH) 53.87; 800 ‘ Jonathan Reynolds (NH) 2:04.15; 1,600 ‘ Johnnie Guy (NH) 4:25.76; 3,200 ‘ Johnnie Guy (NH) 9:44.68; 110 hurdles ‘ Jared Blevins (Sa) 16.76; 300 hurdles ‘ Cameron Grigsby (Sa) 43.64; 400 relay ‘ Corydon 47.23; 1,600 relay ‘ Corydon 3:40.50; 3,200 relay ‘ North Harrison 8:28.34; High jump ‘ Cameron Grigsby (Sa) 6-6; Pole vault ‘ Landon Winslow (Sa) 12-0; Long jump ‘ Collin Kendall (SoCent) 18-11; Shot put ‘ Justin Dalhoff (Lnsvl) 44-8-1/2; Discus ‘ Johnny Schwartz (CC) 147-0.