The New Castle Girls Track and Field Team competed their second indoor meet on Saturday, March 9, 2019 by competing in the Patriot Invitational hosted by Jay County High School and held at the Anderson University indoor facilities. Twenty teams competed in the girls competition. No team scores are recorded for indoor state qualifier meets.
Many girls showed great performance improvements in this meet over the first indoor meet a week ago. Several of the older athletes posted better times and jump heights than at this time last year. All athletes exhibited great attitude and effort striving to improve their form and improve their marks for their respective events. The girls and boys continue to show great team spirit working together during practices and supporting each other during the meet.
The highlight of the meet was the pole vault performance of sophomore Tristan Barr. Barr just finished her high school gymnastics season the week before by competing with her team in regional competition. As soon as gymnastics and cheer leading seasons ended, Barr turned her attention to pole vault. During the track and field off season, Barr has been very dedicated with pole vault training on her own in the midst of her busy schedule. On Saturday that dedication showed as Barr vaulted herself 11 feet 9 inches to place first in the meet and set another school record besting her previous mark of 10 feet even which was the previous indoor school record. Barr’s vault places her seeded second in the indoor state track and field standings and 9 inches higher than the current third ranked seed. This puts Barr in a great position to complete in the indoor state finals on Saturday, March 23.
Sophomore Emma Thurman is also in the hunt for a spot in the indoor state finals in a jumping event. Thurman tied for fourth in the meet with a lifetime best high jump of 5 feet even which is a new indoor school record. The previous week Thurman had jumped 4 feet 10 inches which was the previous school record. The 5 foot jump currently has Thurman tied for a twentieth place ranking in the state for indoor competitions. Thurman will be competing again this weekend to further hone her skills with anticipation to increase her jump height in hopes of solidifying a berth at the indoor state finals.
The 2 x 200 meter relay consisting of Barr, Ava Bell, Thurman, and Anyssa Hall dropped 7 seconds from the previous week by posting a time of 2:00:56. In the distance medley relay all four girls recorded split times faster than the previous week. The girls in the distance medley were senior Grace Lewis, freshman Payton Plank, sophomore Emma Lawson, senior Cheyanne Lazzell. Seniors Gracie Bowers and Hannah Talbott both bettered their distances from the previous week in the shot put with tosses of 31’0.75” and 28’0.5” respectively.
Complete Meet Results can be found at the following web link:
The NC Girls first outdoor meet will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5pm vs. Hagerstown at Hagerstown.