On Tuesday, April 27, 2021 the Trojan Girls Track & Field teams traveled to Pendleton Heights to compete in 12 team girls-only Pendleton Invitational. The Lady Trojans had the opportunity to compete head-to-head against 6 of their 7 Hoosier Heritage Conference foes in preparation for the HHC meet in 2 weeks. Temperatures were in the low 80s at the start of the meet falling to the mid-70s as the meet progressed with sunny skies. The challenge of the day was the strong and gusty winds out of the southwest. As a result the pole vault competition was cancelled for the evening and some of the sprint events were a bit slower than normal because of the headwind. The Lady Trojans had only 16 girls competing to achieve the success of 5th place in the team standings. And, four athletes contributed significantly to the NC team standings by scoring in multiple events. Athletes scoring, placing in the top 8, in 2 or more events were senior Eliza Madden, junior Anyssa Hall, and sophomores Ella Garvin and Lydia Harvey. Garvin scored in all 4 of her events, while Hall and Harvey brought home points in their 3 events, and Madden scored in both of her throwing events. The New Castle coaches continue to be impressed with this small but mighty girls team and how they compete with extreme intensity from the beginning to the end of each meet. The Lady Trojans did not win any individual events but placed towards the top in almost every category. Several athletes pitched in on the team effort by stepping up to varsity and competing in events they do not normally compete in.
Junior Anyssa Hall started off the meet by qualifying for the finals in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Sophomore Ella Garvin followed by qualifying for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles. In the finals, Hall placed 2nd in the 100 meter dash in 13.77 seconds and later in the meet placed 6th in the 200 meter dash with 28.96 seconds. Both with strong headwinds coming down the home stretch to the finish line. Garvin inched into the 100 meter hurdle finals by taking the 8th and final spot to advance out of the trials. Garvin did that two better during the finals race by earning 6th with a time of 18.82 seconds. Hall had an exceptional night in the long jump by equaling her school record distance of 17 feet 3 inches to secure 2nd place in the event. Garvin equaled her personal best leap in the high jump by clearing 5 feet 3 inches and coming away with 2nd place. Garvin also had an exceptional night in the 300 meter hurdles with a commanding surge down the home stretch closing fast on the second place competitor until she ran out of real estate to claim 3rd place with a time of 49.98 seconds. To close the meet, Garvin ran the anchor leg of the NC 4×400 meter relay which placed 7th with a season best time of 4:33.11 along with teammates, junior Ava Bell, freshman Laura Fischer, and freshman Mireya Guerrero. All of the girls in the 4×400 relay posted solid 400 meter splits to contribute to the 7th place finish.
Sophomore Lydia Harvey had a successful evening by scoring points and placing in three events. Harvey started off the meet by running the lead leg of the Lady Trojans 4×800 meter relay squad who took 8th place with a time of 12:00.97. Others on the NC 4×800 squad were sophomore Savannah Kernel, junior Jamie Kernel, and freshman Sydney Mathews. A bit later in the meet Harvey placed 7th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:44.80. Towards the close of the meet Harvey toed the line at the start of the 3200 meter run with nervousness and high expectations. The 3200 is one of the most grueling events in high school track and field and Harvey knew she was going to have to dig deep into her pain threshold to see if she could achieve her goal of running toward the front of the very competitive field. Harvey established herself in the midst of the lead pack from the beginning of the race and moved into second mid-way through the first mile of the race. As the race progressed, Harvey was inching closer to the leader each lap, as a Delta runner and a Noblesville runner attempted to close-in on Harvey. In the final stages of the race, Harvey gave it everything she had to hold off the two pursuers but the final kick of the Delta runner was too much. Harvey finished in a solid 3rd place with a personal best time of 12:08.54 which was two and a half seconds faster than her previous best that she posted the week before.
The NC throwing duo of senior Eliza Madden and freshman Alaina Bowman had a very successful evening and brought in some much needed points to help the Trojans in the team standings. As a freshman, learning the technique of her events, Bowman has had a solid season thus far. In the discus, Bowman proved that she is not yet done improving as she threw 20 feet farther than she had all season with a toss of 111 feet 8.5 inches to secure 3rd place. This places Bowman as one of the top ever freshmen to compete for the Lady Trojans. Madden was not far behind in 4th place with a toss of 108 feet 11 inches which was also a personal best by over four feet. Later in the meet, Madden placed 5th in the shot put with a distance of 33 feet 2 inches which was just 4 inches off of her personal best.
In the 800 meter run, Sydney Mathews was just out of scoring position in 9th place with a time of 2:47.62 which was close to her personal best. Also just out of scoring position was junior Maggie Lewis with 9th place in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 8 inches which equaled her personal best. Lewis was not able to compete in her premier event, pole vault, as the meet officials cancelled that event due to the strong winds of the day.
NC Girls Results:
4×800 Meter Relay – 8th – Lydia Harvey, Savannah Kernel, Jamie Kernel, Sydney Mathews 12:00.97
100 Meter Hurdles – 6th – Ella Garvin 18.82, 14th – Maritza Mil 21.38
100 Meter Dash – 2nd – Anyssa Hall 13.77, 19th – Ambreet Heera 14.33
1600 Meter Run – 7th – Lydia Harvey 5:44.80
4×100 Meter Relay – 10th – Maria Mil, Maritza Mil, Ambreet Heera, Anyssa Hall 57.79
400 Meter Dash – 14th – Mireya Guerrero 1:09.59, 17th – Ava Bell 1:10.70
300 Meter Hurdles – 3rd – Ella Garvin 49.98, 17th – Maritza Mil 1:01.47
800 Meter Run – 9th – Sydney Mathews 2:47.62, 15th – Savannah Kernel 2:57.65
200 Meter Dash – 3rd – Anyssa Hall 28.52, 17th – Ambreet Heera 30.72
3200 Meter Run – 3rd – Lydia Harvey 12:08.54, 17th – Savannah Kernel 15:37.40
4×400 Meter Relay – 7th – Ava Bell, Laura Fischer, Mireya Guerrero, Ella Garvin 4:33.11
High Jump – 2nd – Ella Garvin 5 feet 3 inches, 9th – Maggie Lewis 4 feet 8 inches
Long Jump – 2nd – Anyssa Hall 17 feet 3 inches, 19th – Savannah Kernel 11 feet 11.50 inches
Discus Throw – 3rd – Alaina Bowman 111 feet 8.5 inches, 4th – Eliza Madden 108 feet 1 inches
Shot Put – 5th – Eliza Madden 33 feet 2 inches, 15th – Alaina Bowman 28 feet 4.5 inches