Lady Cats win own track Invitational
The North Harrison Lady Cats scored some big points late in the North Invitational track meet Friday night to win on their own field, edging out runner-up Salem by a seven-point margin.
Wins in the 3,200-meter run, 800 relay and 200 dash were important factors in the North Harrison victory.
In the boys’ division, Brownstown Central dominated with a 31-point win over runner-up Silver Creek. It wasn’t a good overall night for Corydon Central, North Harrison and Crawford County which finished well back in seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Crawford County’s girls scored a lot of points early in the field events. Brooklyn Matlock won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 11 inches. Shawna Johnson won the high jump, at 4-10, for the Lady Pack with teammate Katie Tincher third at 4-8.
North Harrison’s Kasey Kelly finished second in the high jump with a height of 4-8, getting the spot on misses. Kelly has the same goal as Johnson with her sights set on the North Harrison record.
‘I want to beat the school record,’ Kelley said. ‘I want to get it so bad. The boys help me, and (assistant coach) Travis (Beals) is good. The last few track meets I’ve been to, I’ve told the guys, ‘I’ve got to go five. Don’t put it back down’ so that I have to jump it. That’s when I got five at the Stargazer. This is my last year, so I better get it.’
Michelle Smith finished second in the shot put for the Lady Pack with a throw of 34-8-1/2 inches. In the discus, however, Smith, who was seeded first, struggled and only managed 83-3 inches for 12th place.
In the first of the running events, Corydon Central freshman Sidney Capelle breezed through the 100 hurdles in 16.07 seconds to best teammate Olivia Lawson (16.25) and Crawford County’s Matlock (17.03). Capelle said her races are much smoother than earlier in the season.
‘I felt pretty good,’ Capelle said after her run. ‘Last year, when I ended in junior high, I actually fell here so I was a little nervous.’
In the boys’ 110 hurdles, Providence’s Owen Mattingly was a favorite to win the event. Mattingly, however, rolled an ankle in the earlier heat race and failed to make the final, sitting out the rest of the meet with the injury. That left Salem’s Jared Blevins, Brownstown Central’s Rob Fox, Lanesville’s Micah Lane and Crawford County’s Travis Banet left to battle it out with Blevins getting the win in a time of 15.50 seconds. Lane was third (16.56) behind Fox (15.65), and Banet was fourth (16.91). Banet didn’t fair so well in the 300 hurdles finishing seventh.
At the Stargazer meet earlier in the season, North Harrison’s Shaylah Neal had some bad luck with a false start in the 100. This time at North Harrison, where she was again seeded to win, Neal got out clean but not as quick as she hoped. The Lady Cats freshman finished third behind winner Becca Bishop (12.90) from Brownstown Central and Crawford County’s Matlock (13.08).
‘I didn’t get enough explosion out of my blocks,’ Neal said. ‘I have more trouble on the 100 because it’s just a straight and, on the 200, I’ve got the curve to actually catch up to people. A lot of girls were ahead of me. I knew I had to catch up because I just couldn’t get there in time.’
North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler won two of the three distant events with a time of 5:28.28 in the 1,600 and 12:04.60 in the 3,200. Bosler anchored North Harrison’s 3,200 meter relay team to a second-place finish (11:03.06) behind Salem (10:40.78).
In the 1,600 meters, Bosler had to fend off Salem’s Sidney Calhoun through the first three laps then pulled away on the final lap for the win. Bosler had to pull away from Silver Creek’s Brittany Sharp (12:22.56) in the 3,200 with Calhoun third (12:3102).
‘I need to be getting faster in order to make it to where I want to get to,’ Bosler said. ‘I knew (she was there). I could hear her, feel her and, of course, the crowd. I had to go. I needed a negative split preferably. Plus, I knew it was going to help me in the long run, working on my speed.’
In girls’ relay events, North Harrison finished either first or second in three of the four races. The team of Jenna Turner, Nicole Keene, Kennedi Winn and Neal won the 800 relay with a time of 1:55.62. The Lady Cats were also second in the 400 and 3,200 relays.
Lanesville’s Caryn Eisert has her school’s best finish on the girls’ side with a second-place showing in the 400 (1:05.37). South Central’s Breanna Blackman earned fourth in the long jump (13-10).
North Harrison’s Jonathan Reynolds had big problems at the start of the boys’ 1,600, which had about 30 runners in the race, getting boxed in at the start and pushed back to about the eighth position. Corydon Central’s Levi Taylor also found himself boxed in but up closer to third.
Taylor finally pushed out to the lead, but Reynolds was still trying to fight his way through the field. The North Harrison senior finally broke out at the halfway point and moved up in behind Taylor. With just more than one lap to go, Reynolds made his move and pushed ahead of Taylor on the front straight-away. From there, it was a sprint to the finish between the pair, with Reynolds getting the win in the end.
‘I was looking for Levi’s back,’ Reynolds said. ‘I knew I was going to have to get out soon because he wasn’t going to wait around. I tried to not cut too many people off. You don’t want to cut too many people out if you don’t have to. If I saw him make a break for it, I couldn’t waste any time because he’s such a good runner. If he made a break right there, that could have been the race.’
‘I didn’t expect to lead the first three-quarters of the race,’ Taylor said. ‘You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do sometimes. My plan was to be tucked right in with him. I ran pretty well leading the first three, so I don’t know if I can complain about what happened. I don’t know why there were 30 people in the race. That was pretty ridiculous for an invite.’
Corydon Central’s Capelle was seeded to win the 300 hurdles but didn’t get the kind of race she hoped for. Capelle (49.46) was more than a full second behind Brownstown Central’s Maryashly Betz, who won in 48.41 seconds.
‘I always get stuck on the curve,’ Capelle said. ‘You have to lean more with the track. I kind of like the straight. Sometimes I start out too fast. I tried at the end, but I ran out.’
North Harrison’s Reynolds chose to run the 800 in this meet instead of the 3,200. Reynolds was seeded first and made good on that seeding finishing first in a time of 2:03.36.
‘We decided to lighten the workload a little bit,’ the Cougars senior said. ‘Plus, two or three weeks ago, I was sick for a week. I’m really just now getting back to feeling my speed in the races. It was kind of a tune-up to get me back to where I was … The speed is there, which it wasn’t for a couple of weeks. The strength is really good now. I feel really good when I’m running.’
Corydon Central’s Marcus Jones placed fifth in the 200 final with a time of 24.09. Jones was part of the Panthers’ best relay effort, teaming with Kessler Martin, Clayton Miller and Ben Woodward to place third in the 400 (45.95).
After having a bad race in the 100, North Harrison’s Neal came back in the 200 with a mission to win. The Lady Cats freshman cruised to the win in a time of 27.21 seconds with Brownstown Central’s Bishop second at 27.78. Corydon Central’s Kaitlin Salomon finished fourth (28.62), and South Central’s Bailey Crosier was fifth (28.76).
‘A mission to win,’ Neal said. ‘I had to think explode because I’m not good out of my blocks. I had to think powerful and give it all you can. My start was a lot better. I didn’t really care to look back because I was thinking finish line and go all the way through. I had to go and keep going.’
Reynolds not running the 3,200 opened the door for Taylor, but the Corydon Central senior had another battle on his hands with Silver Creek’s Isaak Haas. Taylor finally pulled away on the final two laps, going on to win 11-1/2 seconds (9:33.40) ahead of Haas.
‘He definitely pushed the pace,’ Taylor said. ‘I didn’t know if I was going to keep it. I was just going to hang with him to see what he can do.’
Girls’ team scores ‘ 1. North Harrison 84, 2. Salem 77, 3. Brownstown Central 67, 4. Providence 59, 5. Corydon Central 56.5, 6. Crawford County 56, 7. Silver Creek 48, 8. Eastern (Pekin) 29.5, 9. Borden 28, 10. Charlestown 22, 11. South Central 10, 12. Lanesville 9, 13. Paoli 7, 14. Christian Academy of Indiana 3.
Girls’ individual results ‘ 100 ‘ Becca Bishop (Brntn) 12.90; 200 ‘ Shaylah Neal (NH) 27.21; 400 ‘ Leslie Beatty (Bor) 1:05.03; 800 ‘ Maggie Shields (SilCk) 2:30.06; 1,600 ‘ Ashton Bosler (NH) 5:28.28; 3,200 ‘ Ashton Bosler (NH) 12:04.60; 100 hurdles ‘ Sidney Capelle (Co) 16.07; 300 hurdles ‘ Maryashly Betz (Prov) 48.41; 400 freshmen relay ‘ Providence 56.69; 400 relay ‘ Providence 52.84; 800 relay ‘ North Harrison 1:55.62; 1,600 relay ‘ Providence 4:30.06; 3,200 relay ‘ Salem 10:40.78; High jump ‘ Shawna Johnson (CC) 4-10; Pole vault ‘ Kayla Smith (Sal) 9-0; Long jump ‘ Brooklyn Matlock (CC) 14-11; Shot put ‘ Megan Brooks (Chrlstn) 37-9; Discus ‘ Carson Casey (Bor) 115-4.
Boys’ team scores ‘ 1. Brownstown Central 118, 2. Silver Creek 87, 3. Salem 56, 4. Clarksville 56, 5. Borden 51, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 46, 7. Corydon Central 45, 8. North Harrison 30, 9. Crawford County 27, 10. Paoli 20, 11. Lanesville 7, 12. Providence 6, 13. Charlestown 6, 14. Christian Academy of Indiana 2, 15. South Central 1.
Boys’ individual results ‘ 100 ‘ R. Parrish (Clrkvl) 11.15; 200 ‘ R. Parrish (Clrkvl) 22.85; 400 ‘ Tevin Wolf (East) 52.40; 800 ‘ Jonathan Reynolds (NH) 2:03.56; 1,600 ‘ Jonathan Reynolds (NH) 4:25.31; 3,200 ‘ Levi Taylor (Co) 9:33.40; 110 hurdles ‘ Jared Blevins (Slm) 15.50; 300 hurdles ‘ Marciez Sewell (SilCk) 42.44; 400 freshmen relay ‘ Eastern (Pekin) 49.87; 400 relay ‘ Clarksville 44.50; 800 relay ‘ Brownstown Central 1:37.25; 1,600 relay ‘ Eastern (Pekin) 3:34.72; 3,200 relay ‘ Borden 8:27.44; High jump ‘ Tevin Wolf (East) 6-2; Pole vault ‘ Austin McKinly (Slm) 13-0; Long jump ‘ Hayden Stuckwisch 19-5; Shot put ‘ Thomas Hosp (SilCk) 48-4; Discus ‘ Thomas Hosp (SilCk) 140-1-1/2.
Most Valuable Performers ‘ Girls ‘ Becca Bishop (Brownstown Central), Boys ‘ Tevin Wolf (Eastern Pekin).