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Stewart runs to three wins

Stewart runs to three wins
Stewart runs to three wins
Corydon Central's Marcie Stewart leads a host of runners around the first turns of the 1600-meter run. Stewart went on to win in 5:37.81. Photos by Brian Smith

At the conclusion of Marcie Stewart’s final race ‘ the longest on the card ‘ the sophomore was seen jogging around the inside of the Corydon Central track for her cool down.
On the track, Stewart had already completed four miles of race competition during four races. The distance runner was less than two weeks from pulling off the same feat at the North Harrison Invitational; this time, Stewart earned three Mid-Southern Conference titles.
‘She’s a hard worker and, whatever you ask her to do, she will go do it,’ Nathan McAfee, Corydon Central girls’ track and field coach, said. ‘(Boys’ track and field coach) Kevin (Potter) and I talked about entering her in three events she could win at the North Harrison Invitational to take a shot at being Athlete of the Meet, and she pulled it off. We then knew we could do it for conference.’
Last Tuesday, Stewart won three MSC championships as the Lady Panthers finished third in the team standings with 116 points. They were behind champion Silver Creek (157.5) and runner-up Brownstown Central (140.5).
‘A school the size of Silver Creek, they are deeper and tough to beat,’ McAfee said. ‘I think what we lack in numbers, we certainly make up in quality. Where we did have girls competing, we finished well in a lot of events. We had some personal best, too. For the most part, I am very pleased with our outcome.’
Stewart ran the anchor leg of the meet-opening 3,200-meter relay. Joined with teammates Brianna Medcalf, Emily Armstrong and Sarah Bailey, they ran in 11:02.67, good for second place behind the Lady Dragons.
Individually, Stewart’s first win came in the 1,600, turning her four trips around the track with a final time of 5:37.81. Bailey closed to finish third in 5:44.18.
Competing in the 800, what seems like a sprint for a distance runner, Stewart was first again, stopping the watch at 2:29.36. Bailey was fourth (2:36.03).
As the sun started to vanish on the sunny and warm day, Stewart was locked up with Armstrong to set a pace through the eight laps of the 3,200. Stewart began to pull away until a late charge from Armstrong narrowed the gap. It was Stewart crossing first in 12:25.67, while Armstrong came in at 12:26.04.
McAfee lauded the comeback of seniors Liz Thomas and Hannah Marshall from injuries to have success at the MSC.
Thomas was back and forth from the pole vault to the starting blocks of the hurdle events. In the vault, Thomas cleared 8 feet to place third. North Harrison’s Ellie Robinson (7-0) was fifth.
Thomas also went in 17.92 seconds in the 100 hurdles to place fourth.
‘Liz is my feel-good story as we come close to the end of the season,’ McAfee said. ‘Last year was my first year, and Liz was hurt most of the year and she was a little beat up coming into this year. She turns around at North Harrison and wins the pole vault and finished second in the 100 hurdles. She came back a little mad at me for not putting her in more events.’
On Tuesday, Thomas also went in the 300 hurdles (eighth, 55.66).
‘We are seeing what a healthy Liz Thomas is capable of,’ McAfee said. ‘I was excited to see her run healthy and have success today.’
In the 300 hurdles, Corydon Central’s Medcalf, another senior, was fifth (53.66). Marshall competed in the 400, placing seventh in 1:06.97 with North Harrison’s Gracie Rothrock behind her in 1:09.51 in eighth.
‘It’s fun to see your seniors like Hannah and Liz come back from injuries and have success to close out their careers,’ McAfee said. ‘The first thing Hannah said after running her first race was, ‘It doesn’t hurt. It feels good to run again.’ That’s fun to hear.’
Corydon Central also showcased some young talent as well. Freshman Emma Goss had a big day. On the track, Goss was runner-up in the 100, going in 13.68 seconds. She took third in the long jump (15-0.5) and in the 200 (29.01). Teammate Lillian Wolfe, a sophomore, was fourth in the 200 (29.06) and seventh in the long jump (14-2).
North Harrison’s top performer was senior Emily Nealy. She, along with teammate Skylie Burns, cleared 4-8 in the high jump. On number of jump attempts, Nealy placed third while Burns was fifth. Eastern’s Rachel Stewart won, clearing 5-2.
Arianna Black represented North Harrison in the hurdle events. She was sixth in the 100 (18.65) and seventh in the 300 (54.91).
The Corydon Central girls’ track and field sectional took place yesterday (Tuesday). The first-, second- and third-place finishers in each event advance to the Evansville Central Regional on Tuesday.
Girls’ team scores: 1. Silver Creek 157.5, 2. Brownstown Central 140.5, 3. Corydon Central 116, 4. Eastern (Pekin) 60, 5. Charlestown 46.5, 6. Salem 44.5, 7. North Harrison 28, 8. Scottsburg 26, 9. Austin 3.
Girls’ individual results: 100 ‘ 1. B. Snodgrass (BC) 13.12, 2. E. Goss (CC), 3. K. Stuckwisch (BC); 200 ‘ 1. K. Stuckwisch (BC) 28.57, 2. A. Dablow (SiCr), 3. E. Goss (CC); 400 ‘ 1. A. Dablow (SiCr) 1:02.58, 2. K. Stuckwisch (BC), 3. A. Wight (Char); 800 ‘ 1. M. Stewart (CC) 2:29.36, 2. M. Day (SiCr), 3. L. Jeffries (Scot); 1,600 ‘ 1. M. Stewart (CC) 5:37.81, 2. G. Sherrow (SiCr), 3. S. Bailey (CC); 3,200 ‘ 1. M. Stewart (CC) 12:25.67, 2. E. Armstrong (CC), 3. K. Johnson (BC); 100 hurdles ‘ 1. M. Terry (EP) 16.74, 2. G. Grady (SiCr), 3. N. Day (SiCr); 300 hurdles ‘ 1. M. Terry (EP) 47.41, 2. N. Day (SiCr), 3. M. Klinge (BC); 400 relay ‘ 1. Silver Creek 53.29, 2. Brownstown Central, 3. Corydon Central; 1,600 relay ‘ 1. Silver Creek 4:32.02, 2. Corydon Central, 3. Brownstown Central; 3,200 relay ‘ 1. Silver Creek 10:34.83, 2. Corydon Central, 3. Brownstown Central; high jump ‘ 1. R. Stewart (EP) 5-2, 2. M. Day (SiCr), 3. E. Nealy (NH); pole vault ‘ 1. M. Olesh (EP) 9-0, 2. B. Snodgrass (BC), 3. L. Thomas (CC); long jump ‘ 1. M. Terry (EP) 15-8, 2. B. Snodgrass (BC), 3. E. Goss (CC); shot put ‘ 1. L. Messer (SiCr) 36-1.5, 2. A. Schroer (BC), 3. O. Weber (Salem); discus ‘ 1. D. King (Char) 127-6.5, 2. G. Jaynes (BC), 3. O. Weber (Salem).

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