On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 the NC Girls and Boys Track & Field teams traveled to Greenfield Central for a boys dual meet and a girls three-way meet including Mount Vernon. It was a good chance to compete with other conference schools as the teams prepare for the Hoosier Heritage Conference meets the first part of May. The weather was sunny and very favorable with temperatures in the low to mid-60s and a light breeze. Both NC teams continued to improve and placed high in several events. NC coaches are pleased with how the teams are progressing through the season and supporting each other.
Girls Meet Summary:
The Trojans finished second in the meet with a score of 56 compared to Greenfield’s 66 points to claim first. Mount Vernon was third with 43 points. The NC girls team is primarily a young group with mostly freshman and sophomores, however, that is not stopping them from doing great things.
To lead things off, sophomore Emma Thurman placed second in the high jump with a height of 5 feet and followed with a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. Later in the meet Thurman also placed third in the 300 meter hurdles. Next came freshman stand out Anyssa Hall who had four exceptional performances which all resulted in first place finishes. Hall won the 100 meter dash going away with a time of 13.09 seconds. Hall also won the long jump with a distance of 16 feet 5.5 inches which puts her fourth on the NC all-time list and just 5 inches from the school record. Later in the meet Hall won the 200 meter dash in a time of 26.36 which was almost a second faster than the next competitor and the third best ever NC 200 meter posting of all time. Sophomore Tristan Barr had better weather than the cold and windy conditions of last week for pole vault and it certainly helped not having those challenges for this meet. Barr vaulted 11 feet which is the best ever sophomore vault for a NC female and just 2 inches shy of Barr’s own school record of 11 feet 2 inches that she set last year.
Freshman Maggie Lewis, although she did not place in a scoring position, exhibited great form for a young high jumper in only her third meet and jumped 4’8”. Maggie was juggling her time by competing in three events occurring almost simultaneously. She also posted personal best tosses in both the shot put and discus. Lewis shows great promise for future meets. Also juggling her time was senior Grace Smith who placed second in the 400 meter run in a time of 1:06.81. Smith’s 400 meter posting is especially impressive because that race immediately followed her contribution to the NC winning 4 x 100 relay team. These back to back races are especially difficult because of the short time between the events. Later in the meet, Smith anchored the second place NC 4 x 400 relay team. Freshman Ava Bell had a great meet. Bell placed fourth in the 100 meter dash and followed with impressive splits in the winning 4 x 100 meter relay as well as the second place 4 x 400 meter relay.
Sophomore Bailey Cox, in only her second meet of the season, finished second in the 1600 meter run with a season best time of 5:42.and followed with a very gutsy 800 meter race by taking charge at the 200 meter mark and holding off two competitors during the following 600 meters and had a nice final kick to pull away down the home stretch in a time of 2:31.91 which was the fourth best ever NC time for a sophomore. In the 3200 meter run, senior Grace Lewis placed fourth.
As already mentioned, the NC 4 x 100 relay squad placed first with Barr, Bell, Smith, and Hall. The 4 x 400 relay squad placed second and consisted of Makayla McGowan, Bell, Amber Heera, and Smith. In the throws, senior Gracie Bowers placed second in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet 1 inch which as just 3.25 inches away from first place. Sophomore Eliza Madden and senior Hanna Talbot threw personal bests in both the shot put and discus. Madden’s toss of 30 feet moves her into a tie for fourth on the NC all time sophomore list. Madden placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 81 feet 8 inches.
The Trojans compete next on Friday, April 12 against 14 other teams in the Park Tudor Small School Showcase invitational.
New Castle Girls Results:
100 H 3) Emma Thurman 18.15
100 1) Anyssa Hall 13.06 3) Ava Bell 14.18
1600 2) Bailey Cox 5:42.04
4 x 100 1) Tristan Barr, Bell, Grace Smith, Hall 53.40
400 2) Smith 1:06.81
300 H 3) Thurman 56.55
800 1) Cox 2:31.91
200 1) Hall 26.36
3200 4) Grace Lewis 16:52
4 x 400 2) Makayla McGowan, Bell, Amber Heera, Smith 4:56.59
HJ 2) Thurman 5’
LJ 1) Hall 16’5.5”
Shot 2) Gracie Bowers 32’1”
Disc 4) Eliza Madden 81’8”