On Friday, April 12, 2019 the NC Girls and Boys Track & Field teams traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the Park Tudor Small School Showcase Invitational. Fifteen teams from small public and private schools competed in the meet and the competition is fairly evenly matched which makes for some exciting competition. For the NC athletes this meet is a nice change from the norm as the event order and format for the meet is different than any other meet and the Trojans typically only compete against these schools once during the season. In addition, some regular Track & Field events are not contested at this meet. Every year the NC athletes seem to really look forward to this meet. It was a blustery evening with clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s dropping into the 50s as the meet progressed. The Trojans came away with meet champions in both girls and boys events.
Competition was close throughout the meet but ultimately Edgewood won the girls meet with a score of 80.50 followed closely by Heritage Christian in second with 78.50. Trojans were third with 73.50. This was the best finish in three years for NC at this meet. Placing third as a team is especially impressive for the Trojans as the team competed with just 12 athletes from their roster and most of the NC athletes competed in at least two events with many competing in three or four events. The NC coaching staff felt the girls exhibited great team unity and supported each other throughout the meet and showed willingness to adapt form or strategy to improve performances.
Freshman Anyssa Hall continued her winning ways in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet 3.25 inches which was just 2.25 inches off of her personal best. Hall was also the anchor 400 meter leg of the winning NC sprint medley team. Hall had never raced the 400 meter distance and with NC in third place at the final hand-off she ran down the second place team on the back stretch and honed-in on the first place team down the home stretch and edged into first place just a few meters before the finish line. Hall’s 400 meter split was 1:04. Teammates putting Hall into position for the win were sophomore Tristan Barr (lead off 100 meter leg), freshman Ava Bell (second 100 meter leg), and senior Grace Smith (200 meter leg). All four of these girls had already competed in two or three events before the start of the sprint medley. Smooth baton hand-offs in all three exchanges definitely contributed to the win.
Sophomore Emma Thurman placed third in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 10 inches which was just two inches shy of first place and her personal best. Thurman followed later in the meet by scoring a seventh place finish in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 57.19. Senior Grace Smith placed fourth in the 400 meter run with a time of 1:07.27.
The meet offered no pole vault so Barr showed her versatility by competing in other events. Barr placed third in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet 4 inches which was just one and a half inches off of her outdoor personal best. In addition to being the lead-off leg of the winning sprint medley squad, Barr was the lead leg of both the third place 4 x100 meter relay and the fourth place 4 x 400 meter relay squads for NC. Also, on the third place NC 4 x 100 meter relay squad were Bell, Thurman, and Hall. Others on the forth place NC 4 x 400 relay squad were Bell, Smith, and freshman Makayla McGowan. McGowan’s split was an impressive personal best by seven seconds for the distance.
Sophomore Bailey Cox had several impressive early season performances. She placed second in the 1600 meter run in 5:39.94 which is her second best ever time and best of this season. Cox challenged for the lead early in the race and held off a strong challenge in the final lap by a Bishop Chatard runner. Cox followed later in the meet with a third place finish in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:33.96. Cox was determined to lay it all on the line to try to win the 800 and took the lead just 100 meters into the race. Cox held the lead until the final 200 meters when the ultimate winner passed her and then down the home stretch she was nipped at the line by the same Bishop Chatard runner that she edged in the 1600 meter race. Cox ended the night by running the anchor leg of the NC 4 x 800 team who scored sixth place. Others on the 4 x 800 squad were McGowan, senior Maddie Turney, and senior Cheyanne Lazzell. Earlier in the meet Lazzell competed the 1600 meter run in 7:32.85. Senior Grace Lewis competed in the 1200 meter run and finished in a time of 5:14.94.
The NC throws were led by seniors Gracie Bowers and Hannah Talbott, both scoring in the shot put. In the shot, Bowers placed third with a toss of 31 feet 3 inches followed closely by teammate Talbott in eighth place with a distance of 29 feet 1.5 inches. The senior throws duo placed out of the standings in the discus.
The NC Girls and Boys Track & Field teams travel to Greensburg on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to compete against Greensburg and Connersville.
New Castle Girls Results:
4 x 400 4) Tristan Barr, Ava Bell, Grace Smith, Makayla McGowan 4:36.39
1600 2) Bailey Cox 5:39.94 18) Cheyanne Lazzell 7:32.85
4 x100 3) Barr, Bell, Emma Thurman, Anyssa Hall 54.42
400 4) Smith 1:07.27
800 3) Cox 2:33.96
1200 15) Grace Lewis 5:14.94
300 H 7) Thurman 57.19
Sprint Medley 1) Barr, Bell, Smith, Hall 1:59.51
4 x 800 6) McGowan, Maddie Turney, Lazzell, Cox 12:37.62
HJ 3) Thurman 4’10”
LJ 1) Hall 16’ 3.25” 3) Barr 14’ 4”
Shot Put 3) Gracie Bowers 31’ 3” 8) Hannah Talbott 29’ 1.50”
Discus 10) Talbott 79’ 6.5” 12) Bowers 76’ 0.50”
Complete meet results are available at the following web links: