On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the girls and boys Track and Field Teams traveled to Greensburg to complete in three-way meet against Connersville and Greensburg. The temperatures were mild in the mid to upper 70s with strong winds out of the west.
The New Castle girls lost a closely contested meet with Connersville. The Spartans won with a score of 59 followed by the Trojans with 57.5. Greensburg was third with 50.5 points.
The highlight of the meet was two new school records for the girls. Freshman Anyssa Hall, feeling a bit of pain in one of her legs, warmed-up for the long jump and set a new school record on her first and only jump of the night. Hall’s jump of 17 feet 3 inches broke the old record of 16 feet 10.5 inches set by April Bays in 1991. Later, in the pole vault, sophomore Tristan Barr broke her own school record that she set in 2018 as a freshman. Barr’s new school record vault of 11 feet 6 inches was 4 inches higher than her previous best of 11 feet 2 inches. With the momentum and determination both are exhibiting, Hall and Barr have the potential to eclipse these marks as the season progresses. Barr also placed second behind Hall in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet 7.5 inches.
First to score points in the meet was NC’s lone hurdler Emma Thurman who has been consistently placing high for the Trojans this season. Thurman’s time of 18.60 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles was good for second place. Thurman followed later in the meet with a third place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Up next was the freshman sprints duo of Anyssa Hall and Ava Bell in the 100 meter dash. Hall won the event in 12.70 seconds followed by Bell in fourth place with a 13.60 seconds posting. Later in the meet Bell and Hall placed third and fourth in the 200 meter dash in times of 29.60 and 29.70 seconds respectively.
Sophomore Bailey Cox continued to show her strength in the middle distance events. Cox placed second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:46.40 and followed later in the meet with a win in the 800 meter run. In the 800 race, Cox fought throughout to keep a Connersville runner at bay. Ultimately, Cox put on a final surge to the finish line to win by a margin of over 5 seconds.
The Trojans won the 4 x 100 meter relay by well over a second with a time of 54.10 seconds. The winning NC relay squad consisted of Tristan Barr, Ava Bell, Grace Smith, and Anyssa Hall. The girls continue to improve their baton hand-off efficiency in the exchange zones in order to be more competitive in the event. Senior Grace Smith followed with a third place finish in the 400 meter run by clipping the tape in 1:08.90 seconds.
The Trojan throwers continued to improve. Senior Gracie Bowers led the throwers in the shot put by placing second with a toss of 32 feet 9 inches. Sophomore Eliza Madden and senior Hannah Talbott scored in the discus. Madden placed second with a new personal best throw of 88 feet followed by a fourth place finish for Talbott with 76 feet 11 inches.
The final event was the 4 x 400 meet relay and the scores were close between Connersville and New Castle for the team win. The Trojans knew they had to place at least second in the event to have a chance for the team win. In the lead off leg, sophomore Emma Thurman replaced Tristan Barr who was still at the pole vault vying for the school record. Thurman gave a solid effort to put the Trojans in contention. Ava Bell was up next and received the baton in third place. Bell was gaining ground on second place and handed off to Grace Smith who continued to close in on second. The final leg was Bailey Cox, who had already run two distance races in the meet, got the Trojans into second but was passed in the final 200 meters. Ultimately it was a valiant effort by these girls who finished third in the event with a time of 4:45.89.
Any number of factors could have easily turned the result into a win for the Trojans. The normal Trojans lead-off leg for the final event the 4 x 400 relay, Tristan Barr, was pulled out of the relay at the last minute because she was going for a new school record in the pole vault. Anyssa Hall who already had a new school record in the long jump held back, in what normally would have been a win for her, in the 200 meter dash due to a concerning spot on her leg that was hurting and didn’t want to worsen the condition. All in all it was a great meet for the Trojan girls.
New Castle Girls Results:
4 x 800 3) Maddy Turney, Emma Lawson, Cheyanne Lazzell, Grace Lewis 13:50.25
100 H 2) Emma Thurman 18.60
100 1) Anyssa Hall 12.70 4) Ava Bell 13.60
1600 2) Bailey Cox 5:46.40
4 x 100 1) Tristan Barr, Ava Bell, Grace Smith, Anyssa Hall 54:10
400 3) Grace Smith 1:08.90
300 H 3) Emma Thurman 57.80
800 1) Bailey Cox 2:39.20
200 3) Ava Bell 29.60 4) Anyssa Hall 29.70
3200 5) Cheyanne Lazzell 16:55.84
4 x 400 3) Thurman, Bell, Smith, Cox 4:45.89
PV) Tristan Barr 11’6″ (New School Record) 2) Grace Smith 8’0″ 4) Grace Lewis 7’0″
HJ 1) Thurman 4’10”
LJ 1) Anyssa Hall 17’3″ (New School Record) 2) Tristan Barr 14’7.5″
Shot 2) Gracie Bowers 32’9″
Disc 2) Eliza Madden 88’0″ 4) Hannah Talbott 76’11”