Bellmont gets 37 personal bests
CELINA—An impressive showing by Bellmont track teams in a triangular meet Thursday night didn't result in wins but the Squaws shattered the school record book with four new standards while the Braves posted 37 season best efforts.
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All four records that were erased from the book were already held by the same runner. Alexis Harvey's times of :12.23 in the 100 dash and :24.66 in the 200 dash eclipsed marks she set last year in those events. Her previous best of :12.36 in the 100 was established in the 2011 State Finals while the 200 time broke a :24.83 clocking she had in the 2011 Sectional.
Both of Harvey's new marks also were new records at the Celina Stadium according to BHS coach Carl Risch.
"We had some outstanding performances today. The conditions at Celina were so much better than the weather we had on Tuesday," Risch said.
Holly Hankenson sliced .10 off the 100 hurdles mark of :15.40 she set last year at :15.30 and also posted the new time to beat in the 300 hurdles as she cleared the low sticks in :45.44, an improvement of .19 from last year's Sectional. Boys coach Dan Boocher pointed out he couldn't have been more pleased with the efforts put forth by the Braves in their four-team meet with Celina, Van Wert, and Grand Lake Christian.
"To have 37 personal bests is amazing. The kids had an awesome, great night. Everyone was upbeat about their performances. I couldn't ask for anything more because the kids are giving us the best they've got and that resulted in all the personal bests we had tonight," he added.
The Bellmont girls finished second in their three-way meet (Grand Lake Christian had only a boys team). Celina won the meet with 108 points while Bellmont had 69 and Van Wert was a distant third at 25. The Squaws missed out on having standout Bailee Hankenson who had a volleyball obligation and Risch said that while her presence wouldn't have won the match for Bellmont "she probably would have added another 12 points or so."
In the boys match, powerhouse Celina ran away with the meet with 100 points to 39 for Van Wert, 21 for Bellmont, and 7 from Grand Lake Christian.
Boocher said Celina has an extremely strong track program, one that "is so deep. They have a good program and would be very competitive in the Northeast Hoosier Conference. There were 14 runners entered in the 400 run and they swept the top four spots in the race," he pointed out.