The New Castle Girls Track and Field Team opened their indoor season on Saturday, March 2, 2019 by competing in the Blue and White Relays hosted by Hamilton Southeastern High School at the Anderson University indoor facilities. Seventeen teams competed in the girls competition. No team scores are recorded for indoor state qualifier meets.
High school track and field teams have only been holding official practices for the past three weeks so many athletes are still increasing their fitness levels as they prepare for the outdoor season. The NC team has exhibited exceptional work-ethic and focus during these past few weeks of pre-season training with girls and boys training together in their specialty areas. The girls and boys have shown great team spirit encouraging each other during practices as well as during the meet.
These indoor meets are a means to gain a good baseline for a lot of the athletes. Overall the NC squad had a good meet and had a good balance of seven returning athletes combined with five athletes that are new to the team. The team has a lot of room to grow this season and many areas we need to work to improve on some basic skills and techniques. However, as a whole overall this was a good first meet especially when observing our performances comparisons in various events to that of other conference schools at the meet.
Several notable performances for the meet came from freshman Anyssa Hall, freshman Macayla McGowan, sophomore Emma Thurman, freshman Payton Plank, and senior Hannah Talbott. Hall placed 6th out of 35 in the 60 meter dash in a blazing time of 8.26 seconds. Hall’s time was the fastest ever by a New Castle girl in an indoor meet. Later in the meet Hall posted a 200 meter split of 27.22 seconds in the 4 x 200 meter relay. Thurman jumped 4 feet 10 inches in the high jump to put herself in a five way tie for second place. Thurman also opened the 4 x 200 meter relay with a solid split. McGowan’s lead off 400 meter leg in the 4 x 400 meter relay was run in 1:11.60 which is a solid time after coming off of basketball season and having only trained a few weeks to race that distance. Plank just coming off of an impressive winter swim season joined the team recently and posted respectable marks for a season opener with a 33.4 second 200 meter split in the 4 x 200 relay followed by a 1:15.35 400 meter split in the 4 x400 relay. Talbott recorded a best ever shot put toss with a distance of 28 feet.
Complete Meet Results can be found at the following web link:
The NC Girls compete indoors again next Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Patriot Relays hosted by Jay County High School again at the Anderson University indoor facilities.