Panthers, Evansville North win Stargazer
Wade Bell, Sports Writer
The Evansville North Lady Huskies and the Corydon Central Panthers scored big in the annual Stargazer invitational track meet Friday evening at Corydon Central High School with the Lady Huskies winning by a 16.5-point margin over the runner-up Lady Panthers and the Corydon Central boys’ team winning by 16.5 points over runner-up Evansville North.
Points were important from the start, with teams looking to grab anything they could in the field events.
In the girls’ field events, the Lady Panthers came up short on getting the big numbers. Madison Schilmiller finished in a tie for fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and Emma Goss was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 1-1/2 inches. Emily Gunther finished in a six-way tied for second in the pole vault at 8 feet.
In the girls’ discus, South Central’s Grace Lindsay finished third with a throw of 74-4 while North Harrison’s Emma Schneider was fifth (72-10) and Crawford County’s Sadie Brown finished sixth (72-8).
In the girls’ shot put, Schneider, a senior, didn’t think she had a chance of winning the event.
“Going into this, I did not expect to win,” said Schneider. “Then I started hearing everybody’s measurements, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I have a chance to win.’ Then, I heard my place and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ It was crazy.”
Schneider’s throw of 31 feet, 2 inches was nearly a foot better than runner-up Josey Cheatham of Borden.
“I had nothing to lose,” Schneider said. “I was just trying to throw as far as I possibly could. I’ve never got close to winning a Stargazer because I was always like a freshman or sophomore, and we had all of these senior girls here that were way bigger than me. So, this is my first time.
“That’s definitely a confidence booster for me. I started out a little rough in the season but, as the meets have been going on, I’ve gotten better so that was a big deal. I’ve been throwing 30 (feet), so to get over 30 was a big deal … ”
Crawford County’s Natalie Stroud was also solid in the event, finishing third with a distance of 29 feet, 4-1/2 inches. Corydon Central’s Goss was fourth at 28-7-1/2.
In the boys’ field events, Corydon Central’s Jagger Holton finished fifth in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches. In the long jump, teammate Bruce Beard scored some needed points, finishing fifth with a distance of 18 feet, 8-1/4 inches.
“I set my PR just then,” Beard said after his jump.
In the boys’ discus, Dakota Jones won for the Panthers with a distance of 133 feet, 10 inches and teammate Zane Pigg was third at 112-9. North Harrison’s Wesley Harmon won the shot put for the Cougars with a distance of 43 feet, 6-1/2 inches with Corydon Central’s Jones second at 39-10, Corydon Central’s Blake Lawson fourth at 39-2-1/2 and Crawford County’s Liam Stroud fifth at 39-2.
In the boys’ pole vault, Corydon Central’s Sean Woods gave the Panthers some big points with a win of 11 feet, 6 inches, which was a new personal best for the sophomore. North Harrison’s Jacob Wenning was second at 11 feet, and Corydon Central’s Lukas Faith finished fourth at 10 feet, 6 inches. Woods then went for 12 feet and nearly had the height on his second attempt. Woods’ final attempt came on a miss that sent the bar flying 20 feet into the air.
“I saw the heat sheets and saw that I was seeded first,” Woods said. “I’ve been nervous all day because of it. Then, I got here and it all went away until the end when I was over 12 (feet). I felt good. Today was a good day. I managed to clear higher than I thought I would with where I was holding. When I go higher, I raise my hands up. I didn’t have to move my hands as soon … ”
“It makes me think how far I can get in the future,” he said. “Hopefully, I can break the school record by the time I’m a senior. It’s 14, and I’m only a sophomore. I’ve got the time.”
In the first running event, Corydon Central’s Schilmiller just missed getting a win in the 100-meter dash when she was out-leaned by Eastern Pekin’s McKenna Jeter. Jeter finished in a time of 12.83 seconds with Schilmiller at 12.84.
“I thought I had her for a little bit,” Schilmiller said. “It was really close. I felt really good. I was trying to break the (school) record. It’s actually my own record; it’s 12.46. I’m trying to break that.”
Corydon Central’s Chris Garrow dominated the boys’ 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.09 seconds with runner-up Mason Busick, of Scottsburg, back at 16.50. Garrow just missed the school record of 15.03.
“I’ve been anticipating it for a while,” Garrow said. “It felt like it could be a (school) record. … I felt really good. I felt very powerful. I just had to focus on being explosive out of it. It was a good feeling. By then, it was not only about beating your competition; it’s about beating yourself and your time, so that’s what I was really going for.”
North Harrison’s Matt Moorman was hoping for a time in the 17s or low 18s; instead, he finished seventh with a time of 19.51 seconds.
“The first hurdle he got away from me and everybody else pretty much,” Moorman said. “Obviously, it could have been better. It felt better than the prelims and I did all right. I think I did a cleaner run on the prelims. The finals were a little more messy, but I think it was a little faster.”
Olivia Martin scored 10 points for the Lady Panthers in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.68, and teammate Emily Gunther was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 57.11 seconds. The Lady Panthers were second in the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.39 seconds with Lanesville fifth (58.01) and Crawford County sixth in 1:00.62.
Corydon Central was third in the boys’ 400-meter relay, and Zach Hougland won the 400-meter dash for the Panthers in a time of 53.12. Teammate Lucas Lee was fourth in a time of 54.18. Corydon Central’s Timothy Arnold was third in the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.52. North Harrison finished third in the 3,200 boys’ relay in 9:01.02.
The distance events were dominated by Corydon Central in both the girls’ and boys’ events. Addison Applegate won both the 1,600-meter (5:44.35) and 800-meter (2:36.56) runs, and teammate Emily Armstrong was third in the 800 in 2:47.09. Erika Valdivieso won the 3,200-meter run easily for the Lady Panthers with a time of 12:51.75.
“I felt pretty good,” Applegate said after her 1,600 win. “I’ve been hurt recently. I didn’t want to take it too hard, but I wanted to try to get first for my team.”
Applegate watched as Lanesville’s Emilee Snyder (sixth at 6:30.39) went out front at the start by a 10-meter distance.
“I felt like looking at the heat sheets her time was going to be faster than mine,” said Applegate, who also anchored her 3,200-meter relay team to a win. “I was thinking of staying with her and then towards the end try to pass her, but I ended up passing her during the race and I felt good about that.
“I feel like I’m pretty up there for the season. I’m hoping to get better. I’m hoping to be around (2020 Corydon Central graduate) Marcie Stewart’s time because I want to try to get the record for the mile. I’ve already got the two mile. I don’t know if I’ll get it though.”
The boys’ distance events were all about Corydon Central senior Camden Marshall, who first won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:36.50. South Central’s Maddox Baker was third in 4:58.85, and Lanesville’s Adrian Nannen was sixth in 5:07.3. Marshall later won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:58.10 with North Harrison’s Wenning fifth in 2:07.13. The trifecta came in the 3,200-meter run, where Marshall won in 10 minutes, 4.22 seconds. South Central’s Baker was third in 10:36.66.
“I have quite a few races left tonight, so I wasn’t wanting to kill myself on my first one,” Marshall said after his 1,600 win. “I’m running at a meet next Friday at Franklin; that should have quite a few all-state dudes. I’m just wanting to go up there and compete really well.”
“Tonight is really just a team event, so I’m just looking to score as many points as I can for my team,” he said. “I’m really happy with where I’m at. I give it a nine (out of 10). I’ve had some little nagging injuries but those have seemed to have healed up, so I think I have a really solid base right now and ready to rip some really hard workouts now in last half of the season.”
Just minutes after his 3,200-meter run, Marshall came back to anchor his 1,600-meter relay team to a tight win over Evansville North, the Panthers winning in 3:35.15 to the Huskies’ 3:36.34.
“It was a fun race,” Marshall said. “We were dead even when we took the batons and then I got out to a lead, but he passed me back with like 150 (meters) to go and I just kind of sat on him. I was honestly feeling pretty good and I was like, ‘I really think I can get him.’ So, I just kind of shot off the last curve and caught him. It was a fun one for sure, especially at home with a big crowd. It was a fun one.”
Girls’ scores – Evansville North 158.5, Corydon Central 142, Eastern Pekin 84.5, Borden 73, New Albany 61.5, North Harrison 23, Crawford County 20.5, Scottsburg 15.5, Lanesville 15, South Central 13.5, Henryville 4.
Girls’ results – 3,200-meter relay – Corydon Central 10:48.94; 100-meter hurdles – Payton Whitfield (EP) 17.42; 100-meter dash – McKenna Jeter (EP) 12.83; 1,600-meter run – Addison Applegate (Cory) 5:44.35; 400-meter relay – Evansville North 51.53; 400-meter dash – Olivia Martin (Cory) 1:06.68; 300-meter hurdles – Savannah George (EN) 50.95; 800-meter run – Addison Applegate (Cory) 2:36.56; 200-meter dash – Katie Pogue (EN) 27.40; 3,200-meter run – Erika Valdivieso (Cory) 12:51.75; 1,600-meter relay – Corydon Central 4:24.15; High jump – Katie Pogue (EN) 5-0; Pole vault – Hallie Fecteau (EN) 9-6; Long jump – McKenna Jeter (EP) 16-6; Discus – Josey Cheatham (Bor) 104-1; Shot put – Emma Schneider (NH) 31-2.
Boys’ scores – Corydon Central 148.5, Evansville North 132, New Albany 80, North Harrison 52, Borden 50.5, Henryville 45, Eastern Pekin 44, Scottsburg 39, South Central 23, Lanesville 5.
Boys’ results – 3,200-meter run – Evansville North 8:43.49; 110-meter hurdles – Christopher Garrow (Cory); 100-meter dash – DeJon Winburn (NA) 11.44; 1,600-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 4:36.50; 400-meter relay – New Albany 45.31; 400-meter dash – Zach Hougland (Cory) 53.12; 300-meter hurdles – Trace Manzi (EN) 43.57; 800-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 1:58.10; 200-meter dash – Jeremy Anderson (EN) 23.61; 3,200-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 10:04.22; 1,600-meter relay – Corydon Central; High jump – Achilies Johnson (EN) 5-10; Pole vault – Sean Woods (Cory) 11-6; Long jump – Gabe Ramsey (Hnry) 20-0-1/2; Discus – Dakota Jones (Cory) 133-10; Shot put – Wesley Harmon (NH) 43-6-1/2.