FC wins sixth straight girls’ title, Corydon 3rd
The Floyd Central Lady Highlanders dominated the Floyd Central girls’ track and field sectional last Tuesday night, winning eight of the 16 events. They bested runner-up New Albany by a 42-point margin. Corydon Central finished third in the team standings, and North Harrison was fifth.
‘This was their goal the beginning of the year, so they’re super excited, especially for the seniors,’ Floyd Central girls coach Courtney Bardach said. ‘We have three seniors, Melanie Combs, Gabrielle Rodriquez and Madison Kaiser. So, you’ve got to win it for the seniors and send them out on a high note. I told them we need to defend our track.’
Floyd Central’s first points of the day came in the pole vault, where Kylie Smith won with a height of nine feet. North Harrison’s Emma Book was third, and Corydon Central’s Madeline Zink was fourth. Smith said she was pushed by New Albany’s Blake Mayfield of New Albany, who finished second.
The top three spots of each event are secured for a spot in the Evansville Central regional.
‘(Mayfield) was making me a little nervous, but I was still trying to be confident,’ said Smith, who has cleared 9-6. ‘It comes down a lot to technique and speed.’
Floyd Central also scored a win in the shot put with Kaiser, had a distance of 38-2. She also finished second in the discus with a distance of 111 feet.
Corydon Central’s Ashley Oliver won the discus with a distance of 111-1, and Floyd Central’s Keiley Price was fourth at 108 feet. Oliver also qualified for the regional in the shot put with a distance of 30-11. South Central’s Miranda Kiper was second in the shot at 31-0-1/2.
In the long jump, South Central’s Breana Blackman finished second with a distance of 15-1-3/4 while Lanesville’s Madilyn White finished fourth at 14-10-1/2. In the high jump, Crawford County’s Elizabeth McCoy and Katelyn Kaiser both cleared 4-10, with McCoy getting the fourth-place spot on misses with Kaiser fifth.
In the first running events, Floyd Central cruised in the 3,200-meter relay with a 10-second win (10:16.05) over runner-up Corydon Central (10:26.86). North Harrison grabbed the third spot in a time of 10:26.98. South Central was fifth, and Crawford sixth.
In the 100 dash, Floyd Central freshman Corinne Cox finished second in 13.15 seconds while Corydon Central’s Keely Martin finished third at 13.21. New Albany’s Aaliya Bell won the event with a time of 13.05 seconds.
The 100 hurdles was controlled by Providence’s Morgan Day, who won in a time of 16.16 seconds. Behind her, second through fifth was separated by 0.12 of a second. New Albany’s Ueheoma Eze was runner-up (16:62), Corydon Central’s Sydney Capelle third (16.77), Crawford County’s Brooklyn Matlock fourth (16.78) and Kaiser fifth at 16.80.
‘The 100 just hasn’t been in my favor this year,’ Capelle said. ‘There towards the end I just kind of lost some speed. It’s really key that you pick up speed towards the end, and I can’t seem to pick it up.’
Kaiser said she was unhappy with her hurdles run.
‘I was not happy with it because I was hoping to get top three if not first,’ she said. ‘I three-stepped some of them and I tried to three-step all of them but it just didn’t work out that way.’
Floyd Central stole the show in all three of the distance events. In the 1,600, freshman Kyley Sorg charged past North Harrison senior Ashton Bosler to win in a time of 5:26.86. Bosler was second in a time of 5:27.45, and Floyd Central’s Rodriguez was third in 5:33.58.
‘I could hear her footsteps and breathing and, when she passed me, I was, ‘Oh, here comes Ashton’,’ Sorg said. ‘I know it’s Ashton, so I just kind of stayed with her and let her carry me through to the end.’
‘I just don’t have the turnover right now that I’d like to have,’ said Bosler, who has been nursing a leg injury during the season. ‘That kind of showed in the last 100 meters, 50 meters. That was pretty evident. I’ve just got to work on my turnover for regionals.’
‘I had to make it to regionals,’ she said. ‘With the injury and all, that was my main goal. I felt pretty confident I was secure at that point but, if I fought that hard to get in the lead, then I had to fight to the finish.’
The 800 came down to a photo finish between Floyd Central’s Faith Barba and Providence’s Hayley Wade as the two hit the finish line at the same time. Barba got the lean at the end, winning in a time of 2:22.30, while Wade finished at 2:22.45. Corydon Central freshman Hannah Marshall was third at 2:30.96. North Harrison’s Hayley Elliott was fifth at 2:38.34.
In the last 100 meters of the run, Wade moved out to the third lane. Barba said she was surprised by the move and took advantage going on the inside and on to the win.
‘I thought maybe she was doing that to try to cut me off or she’s going, letting me pass through,’ Barba said. ‘When I had that chance, I just took it … ‘
The 3,200 also belong to the Lady Highlanders as they completed a 1-2 sweep, with Kassidy Manning and Melanie Combs taking the first two spots, respectively. Manning won in a time of 11:32.06, while Combs finished in 11:43.12. Bosler was third in 12:00.30.
‘I’m still going (to regional) and that was the No. 1 priority tonight,’ Bosler said. ‘I don’t want my season to be over. I’m going to keep fighting and make it one more week and make it one more week again.’
Floyd Central also swept the 400 with Carmen Cox winning in a time of 1:02.03 with teammate Ally Ragan second in 1:02.62. For Cox, it was only the second time she had run the 400 meters in competition.
‘The last time was at conference,’ Cox said. ‘My dad always told me from eighth grade that I was going to run the 400. I was like, ‘No, I do not want to run it. I will not run it.’ It’s a horrible race. I just do whatever the coach tells me to. She’s a great coach.’
Capelle had another close race in the 300 hurdles. Capelle and New Albany’s Ucheoma Eze battled through the turns with Capelle leading slightly. On the next to last hurdle, Capelle came across sideways but kept pushing. The pair hit the finish line at nearly the same time. Eze got the win in 47.08 with Capelle at 47.11. Capelle had to be helped off the track with a severe thigh cramp after the race.
‘My leg started getting really tight for the last two hurdles,’ said the Lady Panther junior. ‘I almost fell over one of them. That’s where it started hurting and, towards the end, I just lost it. It was a tough race. The girl beside me, she was right there with me. At the very last hurdle, it really started hurting. I think that’s where she got me.’
Corydon Central and Floyd Central picked up regional berths in the 400 relay. Corydon Central was second behind winner New Albany, finishing in a time of 53.14 seconds while the Lady Highlanders crossed the finish line in 53.47. The Lady Highlanders came back to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:10.35, while Corydon Central finished fourth in 4:29.21.
The regional meet took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Evansville Central. The top three in each event advance to the state final on Saturday, June 6, at Indiana University.
Team scores: 1. Floyd Central 174.50, 2. New Albany 132.50, 3. Corydon Central 88, 4. Providence 50, 5. North Harrison 43, 6. South Central 34, 7. Eastern (Pekin) 32, 8. Crawford County 29, 9. Borden 27, 10. Lanesville 7, 11. Christian Academy of Indiana 4.
Individual results (top 3 to regional): 100 ‘ 1. A. Bell (NA) 13.05, 2. C. Cox (FC) 13.15, 3. K. Martin (Cor) 13.21; 200 ‘ 1. C. Anthony (NA) 26.56, 2. S. Serivner (NA) 27.42, 3. Z. Fifer (FC) 27.89; 400 ‘ 1. C. Cox (FC) 1:02.03, 2. A. Ragan (FC) 1:02.62, 3. B. Marr (Bor) 1:03.47; 800 ‘ 1. F. Barba (FC) 2:22.30, 2. H. Wade (Prov) 2:22.45, 3. H. Marshall (Cor) 2:30.96; 1,600 ‘ 1. K. Sorg (FC) 5:26.86, 2. A. Bosler (NH) 5:27.45, 3. G. Rodriguez (FC) 5:33.58; 3,200 ‘ 1. K. Manning (FC) 11:32.06, 2. M. Combs (FC) 11:45.12, 3. A. Bosler (NH) 12:00.30; 100 hurdles ‘ 1. M. Day (Prov) 16.16, 2. U. Eze (NA) 16:62, 3. S. Capelle (Cor) 16.77; 300 hurdles ‘ 1. U. Eze (NA) 47.08, 2. S. Capelle (Cor) 47.11, 3. M. Day (Prov) 48.38; 400 relay ‘ 1. New Albany 51.32, 2. Corydon Central 53.14, 3. Floyd Central 53.47; 1,600 relay ‘ 1. Floyd Central 4:10.35, 2. New Albany 4:14.71, 3. Providence 4:23.57; 3,200 relay ‘ 1. Floyd Central 10:16.05, 2. Corydon Central 10:26.86, 3. North Harrison 10:26.98; High jump ‘ 1. S. Welsh (Prov) 5-2, 2. R. Stewart (E) 5-0, 3. N. Ruedinger (Bor) 5-0; Pole vault ‘ 1. R. Smith (FC) 9-0, 2. B. Mayfield (NA) 8-6, 3. E. Book (NH) 8-0; Long jump ‘ 1. M. Mfochive (NA) 15-5-1/2, 2. B. Blackman (SoCnt) 15-1-3/4, 3. N. Ruedinger (Bor) 15-1-1/2; Shot put ‘ 1. M. Kaiser (FC) 38-2, 2. M. Kiper (SoCnt) 31-0-1/2, 3. A. Oliver (Cor) 30-11; Discus ‘ 1. A. Oliver (Cor) 111-1, 2. M. Kaiser (FC) 111-0, 3. A. Lyninger (NA) 110-10.