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The gospel according to Bellmont girls track coach Carl Risch was simple.
Risch knew his Squaws wouldn't win many dual or triangular meets this year because of a lack of depth that allows other teams to roll up points with second, third, and fourth place finishes.
But when it comes to tournaments and bigger events like Tuesday nights Northeast Hoosier Conference tournament, Risch knew he had a special nucleus and that Bellmont would be a team to be reckoned with.
Coming into the meet with a 1-6 record against NHC foes this year in earlier meets, the Squaws ripped through the competition to score a school-best second place finish with 96 points ending up behind only Carroll at 127. DeKalb edged past Columbia City in a battle for third 87-85 and they were followed by Homestead 74, Norwell 68 (a team that beat Bellmont last Friday at the South Adams Invitational), East Noble 45, and New Haven 40.
The Bellmont nucleus revolves around junior sensation Alexis Harvey and sophomore twins Holly and Bailee Hankenson.
Harvey had the meet of her life Tuesday setting a Bellmont school record in the 100 and 400 meter dashes with respective times of :12.13 and :57.97. She won the 200 dash as well in a blistering :24.87 and all three dash triumphs also were new NHC meet records as well.
The record in the 400 dash was especially noteworthy as Harvey's effort eclipsed a mark that had stood since 1999 when Catherine Brege set the standard in :59.12. Harvey's race Tuesday evening destroyed that time by 1.15 seconds. Harvey's 100 effort not only beat her own record of :12.23 which she has run twice but also toppled a 2005 time of :12.30. It was just "old news" in the 200 as Harvey already owned that NHC record, set last year at :25.25, and sliced .38 of a second off for her new mark.