Norwell topples Bellmont tracksters
Cold and windy conditions cut down on the Bellmont girls recording many new season best efforts on Senior Night Tuesday evening and the Squaws fell to the Norwell Knights 85-46 while in the boys meet it was much closer but Norwell still captured a 73-59 triumph at Bob Worthman Stadium.
The Squaws won five of the 16 events on the night and as usual were led by Alexis Harvey and Holly Hankenson. Both girls picked up two individual triumphs and then joined Emily Roman and Allyson Norby on the winning 4 x 400 relay team in 4:15.2.
Harvey wasn't challenged in her specialties, the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The 100 race was over in :12.6, a win of nearly one full second, and her 200 triumph in ::25.7 easily beat the second place time of :27.7. Hankenson cleared the 100 high hurdles in :16.3, a 1.6 second win, and the 300 low sticks in :47.0, a huge three-second victory.
The Squaws return to action this Saturday as they participate in the annual John Reed Relays held at East Noble High School in Kendallville.
Eight Blues for Braves
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Both Bellmont and Norwell recorded eight victories but Bellmont could get only four seconds and seven thirds to give the Knights the victory.
Zac Torrey and Will Mahlan both had a pair of wins for the Braves. Torrey won both quick sprints going :12.2 in the 100 and :24.08 in the 200 while Mahlan cleared 11'0 in the pole vault and he took :54.6 to win the 400 dash.
Evan Boucher and Sean Andrews each had one triumph as Boucher posted a 10:47 time in the 3200 and Andrews snared the 800 competition with a clocking of 2:09.94.
The Braves won two of the three relays (in dual meets only the winning team scores) for a 10-5 edge. They swept the 4 x 800 event in 9:03.09 and then won the 4 x 400 race in 3:41.8 (names of the runners were not available).
Picking up seconds for the Braves were Lance Shifferly in the high hurdles, Boucher in the 1600, Adam Corral in the 3200 (the Braves went 1-2-3 in that event with Josh Porter getting third), and Mason Schultz in the long jump. Other third place spots for Bellmont were taken by Schultz in the 110 hurdles, Zech Irwin in the 300 hurdles, Zach Macklin in the high jump, Brady Korte in the pole vault, Jake Brown in the discus, and Hurst (first name not available) in the shot put.