On Tuesday, April 30 the NC boys and girls track & field teams hosted their final home meet of the season. The Trojans hosted former NCC foe Anderson and current HHC foe Pendleton Heights. It was a great evening for competition as the skies were clear and temperatures were in the mid to upper 60s with the only drawback being a fairly strong wind out of the west. Both teams continued to improve and posted several season best and lifetime best performances.
In the girls competition the Trojans finished third with 45 points. Pendleton won with 64 points followed by Anderson with 55 points.
The NC sprint squad was again without freshman Anyssa Hall who is working to heal and get back to full strength before conference and sectional competitions the next 2 weeks. Freshman Ava Bell continued to step up and fill the void left by Hall being out. Bell placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 meter dash with times of 13.62 and 28.78 respectively just fractions of a second off of her personal best marks set the previous week. Bell also continued to run strong relay legs receiving the baton second on both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. Senior Grace Smith performed her normal duties on the 4 x 100 relay squad and followed shortly thereafter in the 400 meter dash placing third in 1:06.10 and followed later in the meet as the anchor leg of the NC 4 x 400 relay team. Freshman Peyton Plank also competed in the 400 meter dash posting a solid time after being out for several weeks working to recover from an injury early in the season.
In the middle distance events, sophomore Bailey Cox continued to assert ability to lead races from the start to the finish. In the 1600 meter run Cox lead almost from the start of the race and crossed the line in 5:39.91 which was 7 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Senior Grace Lewis placed fourth in the 1600 with a time of 6:55.00. Cox returned a little while later in the 800 meter run where the initial pace of the lead pack was unusually slow for the first lap of the two lap race. Cox kicked into gear around the 400 meter halfway point and during that distance she pulled 10 seconds ahead of the next competitor finishing with a winning time of 2:36.00. Teammates Emma Lawson and Madelyn Tourney also posted notable personal accomplishments during the meet at the 800 meter distance. Tourney clipped the tape in a personal best time of 3:06.59 and Lawson was just in front of her with a time of 3:05.56 which was just one second off of her personal best.
Sophomore Emma Thurman continued to score valuable points in both hurdle events as well as the high jump. Thurman placed second in the 100 meter hurdles in 18.19 and followed later in the meet with a third place in the 300 meter hurdles in 54.37. In the high jump, Thurman equaled her personal best height of 5 feet and placed first. Also in the high jump, Freshman Maggie Lewis continued to prove that she can consistently clear the height of 4 feet 6 inches which was good for fourth place.
Senior Cheyanne Lazzell, showing true grit and determination, continued to drop time in the 3200 meter run as she has done every meet this season. Lazzell placed second in the 3200 with a season best time of 16:09.11 which was nine seconds faster than the previous meet and 25 seconds faster than just a week ago.
In the pole vault, the NC vaulters trio of Barr, Smith, and Grace Lewis took the first three spots, however, because only two from each school are allowed to score in a 3-way meet Lewis’ vault was not scored. Smith and Lewis both equaled their personal best vaults from the previous week by reaching heights of 8 feet 6 inches and 8 feet respectively. Barr won with a vault of 11 feet. Barr has been consistently vaulting at 11 feet since the beginning of the season with a personal best of 11 feet 6 inches set a few weeks ago. In addition, Barr placed third in the long jump with a distance of 13 feet. Barr also performed her normal duties providing a strong lead-off leg for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads.
In the throws, sophomore Eliza Madden threw a season best in the Discus with a toss of 89 feet 3 inches which was good for third place and over a foot more than her previous best. Not far behind Madden was senior Gracie Bowers who placed fourth with a toss of 86 feet 7 inches. For Bowers, her mark was more than a 10 and a half inch improvement over her previous best. In the shot put Bowers and Madden were just a few inches off of their season bests. This time Bowers lead the Trojans in third place with a toss of 32 feet 8 inches followed closely by Madden in fourth with a toss of 30 feet 2 inches.
The Trojans compete again next on Tuesday, May 7 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet held at Mt. Vernon High School. The meet starts at 5:30pm.
New Castle Girls Results:
4 x 800 3) Madelyn Tourney, Emma Lawson, Cheyanne Lazzell, Grace Lewis 13:38
100 H 2) Emma Thurman 18.19
100 4) Ava Bell 13.62 6) Amber Heera 14.80
1600 1) Bailey Cox 5:39.91 4) Grace Lewis 6:55.00
4 x 100 3) Tristan Barr, Bell, Thurman, Grace Smith, 53.50
400 3) Grace Smith 1:06.10
300 H 3) Emma Thurman 54.37
800 1) Bailey Cox 2:36.60 6) Emma Lawson 3:05.56 7) Madelyn Tourney 3:06.59
200 4) Ava Bell 28.78
3200 2) Cheyanne Lazzell 16:09.11
4 x 400 3) Barr, Bell, McGowan, Smith, 4:47.44
PV 1) Tristan Barr 11’0″ 2) Grace Smith 8’6″
HJ 1) Thurman 5’ 0” 4) Maggie Lewis 4’6”
LJ 3) Tristan Barr 13’0″
Shot Put 3) Gracie Bowers 32’8″ 4) Eliza Madden 30’2”
Discus 3) Madden 89’3″ 4) Bowers 86’7″