AC wins tri-meet despite Squaws taking 11 events
THE HANDOFFâ€”ACâ€™s Ashley Faurote hands the baton off to teammate Erica Bluhm (left), while Bellmontâ€™s Emily Roman is relieved by Bailee Hankenson (right) in the 4 X 400 relay. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman)
The Bellmont girls track team scored first place finishes in 11 of the 16 events Thursday night at Bob Worthman Stadium but saw victory elude them by seven points as Jay County captured a triangular meet with 75 points while the Squaws had 68 and Adams Central was third with 21.
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"It's hard to believe we won that many events but lost the meet," concluded BHS coach Carl Risch, adding that Jay County won the meet with its depth.
"The meet proves we have high quality kids on our team but that our lack of depth in some events hurts us in meets like this. We won all three relays, but got shut out in the discus and long jump. We had some outstanding performances with a nice drop in times from our opening meet two weeks ago. It's not about wins and losses but improving times and distances. So in that regard, it was a good meet for us," Risch said.
The sprint events had extremely fast times but were all wind assisted. In fact, two such events, the 100 hurdles and the 100 dash had times that rivaled school records for Bellmont as Holly Hankenson whipped up a :15.4 time in the hurdles and Alexis Harvey polished off the 100 dash field in :11.8.
"I'm not sure we can count them as school records, but both of these times are excellent. I'd say they're among the best in the state so far this year," Risch noted.
The meet basically came down to a two-team affair with the lead switching back and forth between Jay County and Bellmont. Bellmont grabbed an early lead in the triangular event but the Pats took their first lead at 29-21 over Bellmont with a 10-1 domination in the 1600 run.