BHS foursome just misses state berth
BAILEE OVER â€” Bailee Hankenson of Bellmont clears the bar at the Northrop Regional Tuesday. Hankenson was a member of the BHS 1600 relay team which missed out on a state berth by two slots. The squad finished fifth in the event at Northrop, but their time would have won three regionals. (Cassie Lehman Photo)
Though the time that the Bellmont girls 1600 relay team ran would have won three other regionals, the record-setting BHS foursome will not be competing at the June 4 IHSAA State Girls Track and Field meet.
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Bellmont coach Carl Risch learned Wednesday afternoon that the squad fell two places short of making the field. It's the same case with freshman hurdler Holly Hankenson. She fell two places short of making the state field in the 300 sticks.
The BHS relay team placed fifth at the rugged Northrop Girls Track Regional Tuesday night with a 4:02.68. Snider, which placed fourth with a 3:59.75 did make the state field.
To make the field without placing in the top three, runners and foursomes must be faster than most all of the other fourth-place finishers at regionals across the state. That was nearly the case.
"Our four-by-four team has a faster time than nine of the schools who will be competing at the state meet," pointed out BHS coach Carl Risch.
"Northrop is just a monster regional, and the Indianapolis Regional is also strong. The girls basically were good enough to make it anywhere else," said Risch.
Bellmont sophomore Alexis Harvey advanced to state in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Risch notes that she is seeded fourth in the 200 and ninth in the 100. Her seed in the 200 should put her in a position to place high in a heat and advance to the finals.
Harvey led off the 1600 relay effort with a sizzling 57-second lap, the fastest time for a Bellmont girl ever in an event covering 400 meters. Freshmen Emily Roman, Bailee Hankenson and Holly Hankenson were her teammates in the run.
The Squaws cut nine seconds off of their disappointing sectional performance to make a real run at state.
"The girls had a great season. They did about as well as they possibly could. There was no backing down in the face of some real tough competition Tuesday," praised the coach.
Holly Hankenson also would have fared better at another regional. Her 46.56 just missed the state standard by about a second. Skyler Carpenter of Westview set a meet record in the event Tuesday with a 42.56.
For Harvey, it will be a second straight trip to state. She qualified via time standard a year ago after finishing sixth at the Northrop Regional in the 200 meter dash.