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INDIANAPOLIS — "Alexis definitely had the perfect race at the perfect time — at the state meet when everyone is that fast and it's all on the line. It was a tremendous performance to come away with fourth place as a sophomore," stated Bellmont track coach Carl Risch after Bellmont's Alexis Harvey earned her medal as the fourth fastest girls 200 meter runner in the state Saturday at the Indiana University Track and Field Complex.
Harvey ran her best-ever time, again making over the Bellmont record book, with a 24.83 in the finals Saturday night. Morgan Yeadon of Pike won the event with a 24.1 while Brionna Thomas of Wayne was next at 24.44. Katie Wise of Indian Creek was third at 24.50.
Harvey beat out five other of the state's best sprinters, moving up from her No. 7 slot she earned in the heats. She ran a 25.17 to earn her spot.
In the 100 meter heat. Harvey ran a school record 12.36, finishing with the 10th best time, and was only one-hundredth of a second from qualifying for the finals in that event.
"Alexis was so consistent, just like she has been all along," praised Risch.
"She runs a 24.84 and cuts another two-tenths off of her best time with another thrilling performance. That time is not only a Bellmont record, but I believe it's right there as a top 50 all-time performance in Indiana track history," said Risch.
Except for the top runner, the rest of the finals field was pretty much stacked together as they whisked across the finish line.
"I was hoping to the in the top six or above," said Harvey, the daughter of Steve and Marge Harvey. She started in lane eight.
"I honestly thought I was fifth or sixth. I was hoping. I was just happy with a medal," said Harvey, who was ecstatic on learning of her fourth-place finish.
"She couldn't know," said Risch. "It's one of those rare races when you can't look across. You have to focus down the track and burst through the line. Just a quick look could cost a one-huundredth of a second," explained Risch.
The 200 runners go through one early turn, then charge up the track on the straight-away for 120 meters.
"The turn is my favorite part of the 200," admitted Harvey. "Most of the girls are better on the straight away."
Harvey passed a few runners on the turn, held her ground and moved up as the race went on. The No. 3 runner was slowing down over the final 20 meters and Harvey almost caught her.
Harvey, who had the advantage of running in last year's 200 trials, used the 100 trials to get going. "It warmed me up and I got the jitters out. But being in the race last year helped because I wasn't so nervous," admitted Harvey.
"I'm very happy with how it turned out, especially coming from such a small school. I'm definitely running in college," she declared.
"This is not an easy thing to do," reminded Risch.
"Her performance .... was coming through big time. She did a great job ... again," praised Risch.
In the 100 final, Wise won the event with an 11.91 to the 11.99 of Yeadon. Thomas was third at 12.03. Harvey's 12.36 beats the hand held time of 12.2 she turned in last year for the BHS record book.
Lawrence North and Fort Wayne Northrop tied for the championship with 42 points. Westview, which led the meet most of the way, finished third at 38. They had no entry in the final event, the 1600 relay.
Fort Wayne Wayne was fifth with 31 while Snider was sixth with 29 points. Bellmont's six points earned the Squaws 37th place in the state. Four of the top nine teams finishing Saturday came out of the Fort Wayne Regional. The other five teams came out of the Indianapolis Regional.
IHSAA State Girls Track & Field Meet
200—1. Morgan Yeadon (Pike), 24.1; 2. Brionna Thomas (Wayne) 24.44; 3. Katie Wise (Ind. Creek) 24.5; 4. ALEXIS HARVEY (BELLMONT) 24.83; 5. Brionna Harrison (Warren Central) 24.92; 6. Jocelyn Miller (N. Central) 25.06; 7. Aaliyah (S.B. Adams) 25.15; 8. Kirsten Flake (Mun. Central), 25.25; 9. Tiara Reed (Hammond) 25.44.
100—1. Katie Wise (Ind. Creek), 11.91; 2. Morgan Yeadon (Pike) 11.99; 3. Brionna Thomas (Wayne) 12.03; 4. MonTayla Holder (Lw. Central) 12.15; 5. Shannon Parker (War. Central), 6. Jocelyn Miller (N. Central), 7. Aaliayah McKinney (S.B. Adams), 8. Dyamond Morris (FW North Side); 9. Brionna Harrison (War. Central).
TEAMS: 1. Lawrence North 42, 1. FW Northrop 42; 3. Westview 38, 4. Law. Central 32, 5. Wayne 31, 6. Snider 29, 6. N. Central 29, 8. Ben Davis 25, 9. Carmel 23, 10. Bloomington South 21.5.