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Corydon pushes to 2nd at MSC

Corydon pushes to 2nd at MSC
Corydon pushes to 2nd at MSC
Corydon Central's Jessie Johnson catches her breath after completing the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay for a Lady Panthers' win. Photos by Brian Smith

There was a bit of exhaustion at the conclusion of the girls’ Mid-Southern Conference meet last Tuesday. The meet-ending 1,600-meter relay, won by Corydon Central, saw many bodies gasping for air in the infield grass.
After weeks of canceled meets and less than ideal weather, Corydon Central put a lot of effort and sweat into giving a run at the team title amid 80-degree temperatures. The Lady Panthers scored five wins of the 16 events but fell short in the points standings to Brownstown Central, 136.5 to 124.75.
‘I am exhausted from the previous races, but I knew, for us to be close in points, I had to catch (Silver Creek) on the last stretch,’ Corydon Central’s Jessie Johnson, who ran the final leg of the 1,600 relay, said. ‘I was letting her do the work until the last straight away, then I caught her.’
Johnson’s exhaustion could be seen as she drifted out to lane three in the final 100 but straightened up to pull away for a team time of 4:21.66.
‘I ran five races today, counting the prelims, which is the most I’ve ever ran,’ Johnson said. ‘I’m really tired, but I’m proud of what I was able to do.’
Running the earlier legs of the 4×400 was Madison Engleman, Hannah Marshall and Abi Miller, all of whom competed in the maximum four events.
On the track, Corydon Central kicked off the meet by rolling to a win in the 3,200 relay with the squad of Brianna Medcalf, Sarah Bailey, Johnson and Marshall running in 10:36.49. North Harrison placed third (11:02.35) in the relay.
‘Next week (at sectional), we want to break the 4×800 record, and we are about two seconds off the school record,’ Marshall said. ‘That’s exciting to try and get.’
Marshall was part of a sweep of longer distance events won by Corydon Central runners. After sitting out her sophomore year with an injury, Marshall made her return by taking the 800 with a late run around Silver Creek’s Maggie Day.
‘In the first half, I was stuck behind everybody,’ Marshall said of the race. ‘I had to fight to get back. I had to stick with the pack. It’s been a great journey to get back. My coaches are great. Caroline (Cox), our athletic trainer, has helped me tremendously, getting me back to where I was freshman year. Today is the day I have been waiting for for a long time. I finished upright this time.’
Corydon Central’s Sara Bussabarger was fourth (2:37.41) in the 800, and North Harrison’s Naomi Scott was fifth (2:40.78).
It was a 1-2 finish for Corydon Central’s Marcie Stewart and Bailey in the 1,600 and 3,200 events. Side-by-side or one behind the other in both races, Stewart out-ran her teammate in the 1,600 to win with a time of 5:51.29. Bailey came across at 5:52.87, while North Harrison’s Cassidy Thompson was third in 6:03.80.
In the 3,200, Bailey took the win over Stewart with a one-second difference as Bailey ran in 12:49.60.
‘At outdoors, this core group of girls is willing to work hard, run and train together,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Potter said. ‘We’ve slowly been pulling time down. The wonderful thing about our team is, it isn’t led by one girl. It’s all of them taking a role in being leaders. One day if one doesn’t feel well, the other takes the lead and pushes them. They are all really competitive.’
Johnson also competed in the 400, placing second in 1:01.35, while North Harrison’s Gabrielle Scott was fifth (1:04.87).
Sprinting saw Corydon Central’s Keely Martin take third (13.5 second) in the 100, while teammates Engleman and Johnson placed in the 200. Engleman was third (28.99), while Johnson was fifth (29.42).
Miller went on to place fifth in the hurdles, going 17.85 in the 100 and 51.86 in the 300.
North Harrison, the sixth-place finisher with 54.5 points, had a positive showing in the field events.
Emily Nealy was third in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. At the discus throw, Victoria Perez had a launch of 92-1.5, good for third place. Perez came back to finish fifth (33-1) in the shot put.
At the pole vault, Corydon Central’s Liz Thomas and Engleman finished tied for fourth, clearing 7-6.
‘We got second and put ourselves out there,’ Potter said. ‘It sets us a good goal for next year and try to get (conference).’
Team scores: 1. Brownstown Central 136.5, 2. Corydon Central 124.75, 3. Silver Creek 103.75, 4. Charlestown 77.5, 5. Eastern (Pekin) 60.75, 6. North Harrison 54.5, 7. Salem 36.5, 8. Scottsburg 27.75, 9. Austin 1, 10. Clarksville NTS.
Individual results: 100 ‘ 1. Snodgrass (BC) 12.71, 2. Keltner (Char), 3. Martin (CC); 200 ‘ 1. Snodgrass (BC) 27.56, 2. Byrnes (Char), 3. Engleman (CC); 400 ‘ 1. Mays (Scott), 2. Johnson (CC), 3. Stuckwisch (Browns); 800 ‘ 1. Marshall (CC) 2:34.20, 2. Day (SiCr), 3. Wickens (SiCr); 1600 ‘ 1. Stewart (CC) 5:51.29, 2. Bailey (CC), 3. Thompson (NH); 3200 ‘ 1. Bailey (CC) 12:49.60, 2. Stewart (CC), 3. Johnson (Browns); 100 hurdles ‘ 1. Terry (E) 16.43, 2. H. Motsinger (Sal), 3. T. Motsinger (Char); 300 hurdles ‘ 1. Terry (E) 48.49, 2. Grady (SiCr), 3. H. Motsinger (Sal); 400 relay ‘ 1. Brownstown Central 53.34, 2. Corydon Central, 3. Silver Creek; 1600 relay ‘ 1. Corydon Central 4:21.66, 2. Silver Creek, 3. Brownstown Central; 3200 relay ‘ 1. Corydon Central 10:36.49, 2. Silver Creek, 3. North Harrison; High jump ‘ 1. Stewart (E) 5-0, 2. Koch (Browns), 3. Nealy (NH); Pole vault ‘ 1. Snodgrass (Browns) 8-0, 2. Allred (SiCr), 3. Olesh (E); Long jump ‘ 1. Terry (E) 15-10, 2. Daniel (Char), 3. Conway (Char); Shot put ‘ 1. Messer (SiCr) 36-4.5, 2. Daniel (Char), 3. Vaught (Browns); Discus ‘ 1. Vaught (Browns) 113-9, 2. Jaynes (Browns), 3. Perez (NH).