Harvey leads Squaws to fourth place at 'Busco

    CHURUBUSCO—In a meet that featured several of the top female track athletes in the state this year, Bellmont's Alexis Harvey solidly established herself among that group as she won three individual events and was also on the winning 4 x 400 relay team for the Squaws Saturday at the Turtle Town Invitational at Churubusco High School.
    Following the conclusion of the match, Harvey was honored as being the top individual point scorer on the day as she picked up 32.5 points for Bellmont. Her efforts helped Bellmont to a fourth place finish in a 12-team field that was dominated by state-ranked Warsaw.
    Warsaw easily won the team title with 117.5 points followed by Westview at 85.5, Columbia City with 69, and Bellmont at 68. Other scores included DeKalb 62.5 (a team that had recently beaten Bellmont in a triangular meet by 5.5 points), Angola 62, North Side 55.5, East Noble 29 (the Knights defeated Bellmont by 24 points just last Tuesday),  Leo 28, West Noble 25, Wawasee 19, and Lakeland 3.
    There was also a small school division in the invitational and the host Eagles won that competition without any difficulty with 127.5 points.
    The point battle of the day came between Harvey and Westview's Skylar Carpenter. Carpenter, who is the defending 2011 State Finals champion in the long jump, the 100 hurdles, and 300 hurdles, won all three of those events as expected but the relay team she was on was third and she trailed Harvey with 31.5 points.
    Bellmont coach Carl Risch called Harvey's wins "quite an accomplishment. That was a tough triple for her to do, it would have been hard enough in a dual meet. In a big tournament like this Alexis had to run a couple of preliminary dashes so she actually had six races. That would have tired some runners out and Alexis was facing someone fresh in the 100, 200 and 400 races."
    Bellmont returns to action Tuesday night in a dual NHC meet against Norwell at Bob Worthman Stadium with both boys and girls running. Bellmont will observe Senior Night prior to the meet at 4:15 p.m. with track events slated to start at 4:30 p.m.