On the evening of Friday, April 30, 2021 the Trojan Girls & Boys Track & Field teams hosted their last home meet of the season, the New Castle Invitational. In the girls meet there were four teams and the boys meet consisted of six teams. The Trojans kicked off the evening by recognizing their seniors competing in their last home meet. Skies were sunny, and temperatures were in the low 60s at the start of the meet dropping to the low 50s as the meet progressed. As has been the case for many meets this season, the challenge was the strong winds out of the northwest which made things difficult coming down the home stretch in most races. For both the NC girls and NC boys the end result was a total team effort with those not competing supporting their teammates and those competing pushing themselves to their limits. Many athletes have developed an ability to perform consistently at high levels as the season has progressed and that too contributed to the Trojan team standings.
Girls Meet Summary:
The Lady Trojans won the girls meet with 97 points, 23 points ahead of runner-up Wapahani, and are now at 28 wins and 6 losses for the season. The small in numbers, but mighty, NC girls claimed the meet team meet championship with just thirteen girls scoring (top 5 places in a 4-way meet). The Lady Trojans won 11 out of 16 events. Many of the NC points were earned by the usual Trojan heavy hitters winning multiple events. Sophomore Ella Garvin won all four of her events, followed by junior Anyssa Hall winning three of her individual events, and sophomore Lydia Harvey winning both of her individual events. Hall, Garvin, and Harvey also set new meet records along with their victories. Others winning their events for the Lady Trojans were senior Eliza Madden in the discus and freshman Sydney Mathews in the 800 meter run. NC also won the 4×400 meter relay.
To start off the meet in the throws, Madden won the discus with a toss of 97 feet 1 inch, followed by her teammate freshman Alaina Bowman in second with a distance of 89 feet. Madden and Bowmen also had a solid night in the shot put with Madden securing 2nd place with 33 feet 1.5 inches followed by Bowman in 3rd with 29 feet 7 inches.
Garvin won her 100 meter hurdle trials race to advance to the finals. In the 100 meter hurdle finals, Garvin edged Connersville and Wapahani girls in the final stages of the race to secure the victory with a time of 18.20 seconds. Garvin was also victorious in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 10 inches. Junior Maggie Lewis also placed in the high jump equaling her personal best height of 4 feet 8 inches which was good for 3rd. Lewis also placed 3rd in the pole vault with a vault of 7 feet. Later in the meet, Garvin secured another victory in the 300 meter hurdles by eclipsing the distance in 49.84 seconds which was a new meet record.
Anyssa Hall was on fire in the short sprints with nobody close to her in either the 100 or 200 meter trials or finals. Hall handily won the 100 meter dash trials and returned to prove that was no fluke by winning the finals in a time of 13.69 seconds which was well over a second faster than the next competitor. In the 200 meter dash, Hall was again over a second ahead of the next competitor claiming victory with a time of 28.27 seconds. Hall also pulled through with a victory in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet 7 inches which was 2 feet farther than her next closest opponent and a new meet record, breaking her own meet record set two year prior. Junior Ambreet Heera also had a solid night in the short sprints by advancing to the finals in both the 100 and 200 meter finals. Heera pulled through with 6th in the 100 meter dash finals crossing the line in 15.22 seconds and followed later in the meet with a 5th place finish in the 200 meter dash by clipping the tape in 30.79 seconds.
The Lady Trojans swept the individual distances events with wins in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs. Harvey had no competition in either of her races on her way to setting new meet records in both the 1600 and 3200 meter run. In the 1600 meter run, Harvey took the lead during the first lap and cruised to an eight second victory with a finishing time of 5:49.02. Sophomore Savannah Kernel also ran a solid race in the 1600 to place 4th with a time of 6:38.18, which was just a couple of second off of her personal best. Later in the meet, Harvey began the 3200 meter run pacing off the shoulder of a Wapahani competitor for the first two laps then took command of the race and never looked back. Harvey’s finishing time of 12:18.69 ended up being over 38 seconds faster than the next competitor as she cruised to victory.
Sydney Mathews pulled through in the 800 meter run with her first high school victory in track & field. Mathews looked strong and confident throughout the race as she strategically moved into position rounding the turn onto the front stretch during the first lap. Around the 300 meter mark Mathews moved into the lead and never looked back as she dusted the competition by six seconds with a winning time of 2:45.13, which was a personal best for the season. After placing 4th in the 800, Savannah Kernel did the same, 4th place, in the 800 meter run by running a strong race with a time of 2:59.45. In the 400 meter dash, junior Ava Bell dug deep to achieve a personal best time of 1:08.49 which was good for 5th place.
The Lady Trojans scored in all three relay events. In the final event of the evening, the 4×400 meter relay, the first three legs of the NC squad (Bell, Mathews, and Guerrero) kept the Trojans in contention for the win and put the anchor, Garvin, in contention to pounce. And pounce she did, Garvin steadily made up ground the whole way as she passed Wapahani while rounding the final turn on the way to over a five second victory with a time of 4:35.76. The NC 4×100 meter relay squad consisting of junior Adeline Bunner, freshman Maria Mil, Heera, and Hall finished 2nd with a time of 56.29 seconds, which was just fractions of a second out of first place. Starting off the meet with points were the 4×800 meter relay squad consisting of Harvey, Savannah Kernel, Jamie Kernel, and Mathews secured 3rd place with a season best time of 11:23.54.
NC Girls Results:
4×800 Meter Relay – 3rd – Lydia Harvey, Savannah Kernel, Jamie Kernel, Sydney Mathews 11:23.54
100 Meter Hurdles – 1st – Ella Garvin 18.20, 8th – Mireya Guerrero 22.49
100 Meter Dash – 1st – Anyssa Hall 13.69, 6th – Ambreet Heera 15.22
1600 Meter Run – 1st – Lydia Harvey 5:49.02, 4th – Savannah Kernel 6:38.18
4×100 Meter Relay – 2nd – Adeline Bunner, Maria Mil, Ambreet Heera, Anyssa Hall 56.29
400 Meter Dash – 5th – Ava Bell 1:08.49, 6th – Mireya Guerrero 1:10.84
300 Meter Hurdles – 1st – Ella Garvin 49.84
800 Meter Run – 1st – Sydney Mathews 2:45.13, 4th – Savannah Kernel 2:59.45
200 Meter Dash – 1st – Anyssa Hall 28.27, 5th – Ambreet Heera 30.79
3200 Meter Run – 1st – Lydia Harvey 12:18.54
4×400 Meter Relay – 1st – Ava Bell, Sydney Mathews, Mireya Guerrero, Ella Garvin 4:35.76
High Jump – 1st – Ella Garvin 4 feet 10 inches, 3rd – Maggie Lewis 4 feet 8 inches
Long Jump – 1st – Anyssa Hall 16 feet 7.75 inches, 8th – Savannah Kernel 10 feet 10 inches
Discus Throw – 1st – Eliza Madden 97 feet 1 inches, 2nd – Alaina Bowman 89 feet 0 inches,
Shot Put – 2nd – Eliza Madden 33 feet 1.5 inches, 3rd – Alaina Bowman 29 feet 7 inches
Pole Vault – 3rd – Maggie Lewis 7 feet 0 inches
Complete meet results can be found at the following links: