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Panthers dominant in Mid-Southern meet

Panthers dominant in Mid-Southern meet
Panthers dominant in Mid-Southern meet
Corydon Central's boys’ track and field team celebrated a second consecutive Mid-Southern Conference championship Thursday on their home field. Photos by Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

Corydon Central’s boys’ track and field team blew away the competition Thursday night at the Mid-Southern Conference meet at home, winning nine of 16 events and distancing runner-up Austin by 58.5 points. North Harrison’s boys wound up with 61 points, which was good enough for fifth place.

On Tuesday, in the girls’ MSC meet, host Corydon Central was third and North Harrison was eighth as Charlestown went away with its first-ever team title by 26 points over runner-up Silver Creek.

To the surprise of no one, Corydon Central senior and Indiana University-bound Camden Marshall was big in winning three individual events and was a part of the winning 4×800 team; but, the Panthers were hardly a one-man show in a balanced effort that garnered the conference championship for the second consecutive season (there was no conference in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Panthers dominant in Mid-Southern meet
Corydon Central freshman Sean Woods vaults into the sunset Thursday night at the boys’ conference track meet. Woods was crowned a MSC champion after clearing 12 feet.

“Tim (Arnold) in the long jump did well and PR’ed tonight, Jacob Stanley in the discus had a PR, Lukas (Faith) had some upside potential and it hadn’t come together for a meet and he got on the board tonight. Bruce Beard stepped up and made the finals and got us some points in the 100m dash. Those guys, we have those 20 to 25 points and they exceeded my expectations tonight,” Corydon Central coach Brian LaHue said. “It was a great night and a fun night and the weather was great. It’s been a long week for us with the junior high conference championships, but I had this one circled as a meet we definitely wanted to win. I know Charlestown had a couple of their top guys out, but we had a good night. I really wanted to scored 140 points, and they exceeded that. No disappointments at all.”

Marshall notched individual wins in the 800 (2:01.05), the 1,600 (4:33.26) and the 3,200 (9:55.76) and joined forces with Jagger Holton, Timothy Arnold and Zach Hougland for the MSC title in the 1,600m relay in 3:36.20.

Corydon Central had a slew of other conference champions: Christopher Garrow out-dueled Jake Ottersbach of Charlestown for a Panthers’ win in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.18, which ranks in the Top 25 in the state this season. Corydon Central’s Jacob Torbet, who was second in the 100m dash in 11.97, out-leaned Spencer Smith of North Harrison in the 200m dash, with the duo clocking in at 23.82 and 23.85, respectively, with both times being listed as personal bests. Torbet paired with Holton, Arnold and Garrow to win the 400m relay in 45.37. Dakota Jones threw a personal-best 140 feet, 9 inches in the discus and Sean Woods won the pole vault with a height of 12 feet.

The boys’ sectional will be tomorrow (Thursday) at Floyd Central as the state tournament gets underway, with the regional round at Evansville Central on Thursday, May 27, and finishing Friday, June 4, at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

“Floyd and New Albany have some good athletes, and we’d like to think we can get in there and mix it up a little bit,” LaHue said. “It’s really up to these guys and getting them to compete.”

Corydon Central’s Hougland was runner-up in the 400m run in 53.19, with teammate Shane Paden fifth in at a personal best 55.11,

Arnold was fourth in the 300m hurdles in 46.00, and Beard was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 12.35. In the field events, Arnold and Beard were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump, Holton tied for sixth in the high jump and Faith was fourth in the vault (10-6).

North Harrison didn’t go away with any blue ribbons but had several solid, point-scoring efforts on the tally sheet.

Jacob Wenning scored in multiple events, finishing runner-up in the pole vault (11-6) and closing on Marshall in the 800 for second in a PR of 2:02.73 and taking fifth in the 1,600 in a PR time of 4:49.37.

Senior Wesley Harmon was second in the shot with a distance of 42-8.5 and wound up eighth in the discus. The Cougars picked up additional points in the shot from Gavin Brunner, who was fifth with a distance of 39-3, which ranks as a personal best.

Spencer Smith was third in the 100m dash in 12.00 for North Harrison.

The 3,200m relay team of Oxiel Castro, Lucas Miller, Owen Kimmel and Donald Sieg was seventh, with Castro recording a fourth in the 3,200m run in a PR of 10:50.51 and sixth in the 1,600 in a PR of 4:51.71. Sieg joined forces with Smith, Matthew Nealy and Brunner for seventh in the 400m relay. The 1,600m relay quartet of Smith, Brunner, Wenning and James Manwaring was eighth. Caleb Duvall got up for eighth in the long jump, as well.

Panthers dominant in Mid-Southern meet
Corydon Central sophomore Madison Schilmiller chases down Talia Bikai of Charlestown in the 200m dash final Tuesday in the Mid-Southern Conference girls’ meet. Schilmiller finished second in the event and was third in the 100m dash.

The only county girls to come away with a victory last Tuesday at the MSC meet were the athletes in Corydon Central’s foursome of Emily Armstrong, Emily Gunther, Addison Applegate and Erika Valdivieso in the 3,200 relay. They clocked in at 10:16 to secure the conference championship.

“They really threw down and set their fastest time of the season by seven seconds, and I think they have a really good shot of making it out of sectional,” coach Marcee LaHue said. “Overall, the girls performed very well. We stand against two really strong teams in Charlestown and Silver Creek, and the girls stepped up. They got after it, and I felt like they did their best and did everything they could. We’re coming. We’ve got some great kids coming up the ranks, and I’m really excited about the future of our program. We’re going to keep sharpening and try to keep getting better. I want to try to keep them sharp and healthy and get adequate rest and all the little things that end up mattering at this point of the season.”

Corydon Central’s string of dominating individual distance events for the past several years behind the duo of Marcie Stewart and Sarah Bailey, who graduated last spring, continued this season with freshman Applegate capturing the 1,600 in 5:37.64 and classmate Valdivieso finishing second in a PR of 5:45.85. The duo repeated their 1-2 finish in the same order in the 3,200. Applegate, who also won the 800 in 2:30.09, picked up the blue ribbon in 12:27.42 with Valdivieso crossing the line in 12:43.3.

Corydon Central peppered the scoring sheet from top to bottom.

Sophomore Madison Schilmiller was second in the 200 in 27.62 and third in the 100 in 13.19. Emma Goss, who was fifth in the 200 and shot put and sixth in the long jump, teamed up with Schilmiller, Emma Bailey and Chastity Knight on a second-place finish in the 400m relay in 53.41. Bailey and Emily Bruce were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 in 1:09.1 and 1:09.5. Armstrong was sixth in the 800 in 2:45.28. Nathalie Laaz marked an eighth-place spot in the 100m hurdles and was seventh in the 300m hurdles, while Gunther was fifth in the 300m hurdles in 57.53. In the 1,600m relay, Corydon Central finished third on the legs of Bruce, Bailey, Armstrong and Morgan Adams in 4:37.8. Elise Soloby picked up seventh-place points in the discus with a PR of 80-1.

The only Lady Cats to score individual points were senior Lauren Miller, who was sixth in the discus with a toss of a personal-best 82-10, and twins Ellie and Ava Robinson, who were third (tie) and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault with heights of 7-0 and 6-0.

North Harrison’s Katie Wise, the Robinsons and Remi Beach were fifth in the 1,600m relay in 4:51.53, while the 400m relay team of Klarisa Cox, the Robinsons and Emma Hugg was eighth.

The girls’ sectional was yesterday (Tuesday) at Corydon Central, with the regional round to be Tuesday at Evansville Central and the state final on Saturday, June 5, at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Boys’ team scores: 1. Corydon Central 146.5, 2. Austin 88, 3 (tie). Brownstown Central, Charlestown 64, 5. North Harrison 61, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 55, 7. Salem 53, 8. Scottsburg 44.5, 9. Silver Creek 37, 10. Clarksville 11.

Boys’ results: 100: 1. Trevon Smedley (Salem) 11.70; 2. Jacob Torbet (CC) 11.97; 3. Spencer Smith (NH) 12.00. 200: 1. Torbet (CC) 23.82; 2. Smith (NH) 23.85; 3. Andrew Cruz (C) 24.79. 400: 1. Cruz (C) 52.90; 2. Zach Hougland (CC) 53.19; 3. Xavier Rahe (A) 53.45. 800: 1. Camden Marshall (CC) 2:01.05; 2. Jacob Wenning (NH) 2:02.73; 3. Brandon Rice (A) 2:04.85. 1,600: 1. Marshall (CC) 4:33.26; 2. Wyatt Beck (A) 4:43.15; 3. Chance Craig (A) 4:44.12. 3,200: 1. Marshall (CC) 9:55.76; 2. Beck (A) 10:06.95; 3. Craig (A) 10:16.53. 110 hurdles: 1. Christopher Garrow (CC) 15.18; 2. Jake Ottersbach (C) 15.26; 3. Mason Busick (Scottsburg) 15.86. 300 hurdles: 1. Ottersbach (C) 42.77; 2. Isiaah Engle (BC) 45.21; 3. Braden Cummings (Salem) 45.24. 400 relay: 1. Corydon Central 45.37; 2. Charlestown (Steven Cruz, Dylan Kinser, A. Cruz, Ottersbach) 45.82; 3. Salem 46.09. 1,600 relay: 1. Corydon Central 3:36.20; 2. Scottsburg 3:40.19; 3. Brownstown Central 3:42.26. 3,200 relay: 1. Austin 8:49; 2. Silver Creek (Alex Carney, Austin Jewell, Ashton Still, Mac Rhodes) 8:54; 3. Eastern 9:09. Long jump: 1. Brayden Cole (E) 19-1.5; 2. Grant Mahuron (Salem) 19-0.75; 3. Cater Ezzell (Salem) 18-4. High jump: 1. Ottersbach (C) 6-0; 2. Ezzell (Salem) 6-0; 3. Michael Nash (Clarksville) 5-8. Shot put: 1. Konner McIntosh (A) 45-4.5; 2. Wesley Harmon (NH) 42-8.5; 3. James Hardy (E) 40-4. Discus: 1. Dakota Jones (CC) 140-9; 2. Dustyn Kocsis (BC) 132-0; 3. Brayden Millick (BC) 126-10. Pole vault: 1. Sean Woods (CC) 12-0; 2. Wenning (NH) 11-6; 3. Connor Nease (A) 11-0.

Girls’ team scores: 1. Charlestown 155.5, 2. Silver Creek 129.5, 3. Corydon Central 112, 4. Eastern (Pekin) 67.5, 5. Brownstown Central 50.5, 6. Salem 35.5, 7. Scottsburg 25, 8. North Harrison 17.5, 9. Austin 14, 10. Clarksville 10.

Girls’ results: 100: 1. McKenna Jeter (E) 12.85; 2. Lyric Steele (C) 12.87; 3. Madison Schilmiller (CC) 13.19. 200: 1. Steele (C) 25.81; 2. Schilmiller (CC) 27.62; 3. Elizabeth Trueblood (E) 28.21. 400: 1. Jayda Holbrook (C) 1:08.10; 2. Laney Hawkins (C) 1:08.20; 3. Sidney Brown (Salem) 1:08.40. 800: 1. Addison Applegate (CC) 2:30.09; 2. Jessie McCoy (C) 2:35.75; 3. Anna Wright (SC) 2:37.87. 1,600: 1. Applegate (CC) 5:37.64; 2. Erika Valdivieso (CC) 5:45.85; 3. Jessie McCoy (C) 5:50.73. 3,200: 1. Applegate (CC) 12:27.42; 2. Valdivieso (CC) 12:43.30; 3. Jackie McCoy (C) 13:21.42. 100 hurdles: 1. Katelyn Grady (SC) 16.83; 2. Natalie Day (SC) 17.41; 3. Payton Whitfield (E) 18.05. 300 hurdles: 1. Grady (SC) 49.11; 2. Day (SC) 49.20; 3. Camryn Thompson (BC) 53.46. 400 relay: 1. Charlestown (Holbrook, Talia Bikai, Anneiah King, Steele) 51.53; 2. Corydon Central 53.41; 3. Silver Creek (Grady, Day, Sarah Elder, Raven Newsome) 54.24. 1,600 relay: 1. Charlestown (Steele, Hawkins, Sadee Goedeker, Holbrook) 4:15.24; 2. Silver Creek (Grady, Day, Wright, Anna Dablow) 4:22.64; 3. Corydon Central 4:37.80. 3,200 relay: 1. Corydon Central 10:16; 2. Silver Creek (Dablow, Kenzie Wesley, Isabel Odle, Wright) 10:18; 3. Charlestown (Jessie McCoy, Jackie McCoy, Kaylee Kinser, Hawkins) 10:32. Long jump: 1. Jeter (E) 16-7; 2. Ava Sowder (E) 15-1; 3. Lexi Edwards (Scottsburg) 15-0-1/2. High jump: 1. Ashley Stephenson (Salem) 5-0; 2. Kady Clancy (Scottsburg) 5-0; 3. Goedeker (C) 4-10. Shot put: 1. Demaria King (C) 37-7; 2. Alexis Deaton (C) 36-8-1/2; 3. Avery Koch (BC) 36-8. Discus: 1. Lanae’ Crowe (C) 126-1; 2. Koch (BC) 117-4; 3. Deaton (C) 98-9. Pole vault: 1. Elizabeth Trueblood (E) 8-0; 2. Brianna Balmer (SC) 7-6; 3 (tie). Ellie Robinson (NH), Kaitlyn McCormick (BC) 7-0.