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FORT WAYNE — With the automatic timer set to go, all the Bellmont 1600 relay team needed was another record-setting run, and they more than got that at the Carroll track Tuesday evening as the young Squaws foursome left no doubt about which team is the fastest in Bellmont history as they shattered that mark, as well as the Northeast Hoosier Conference record with a blistering 4:01.96.
Alexis Harvey, who led off the 1600 relay with a track-blistering 58.2, later set the 200 NHC mark with a 25.25, breaking the mark of Lawonna Rashad of Homestead set in 1993. She also won the 100 meter dash in 12.84, running into the wind. It was a triple blue ribbon day for Harvey, who won here second 200 meter NHC title in as many years.
In a meet last week, the team of sophomore Alexis Harvey, and freshmen Holly and Bailee Hankenson and Emily Roman broke the 4 by 400 mark, but the hand time allowance denied them their due as they ran 4:06.8. That mark is long gone, as is the NHC mark of 4:03.47 set by Homestead in 1998.
With her jack rabbit start, Harvey gouged out a good 30-meter plus lead for the 1600 team, then Roman kept the lead with a 1:04, handing the baton to Bailee, who expanded the lead with her best ever effort at 400 meters, a 1:00.6.
Holly then matched the sizzling 58.2 of Harvey as Bellmont won by six seconds over Carroll (4:07.32). The 400 legs by Holly Hankenson and Harvey were the two fastest sections ever run by Bellmont girls in a competitive meet.
"Those girls rose to the challenge. it was a tremendous run," stated veteran BHS coach Carl Risch.
"There have been loads of outstanding 1600 meter relay teams in a tough NHC conference, and these girls have proven that they are the fastest ever. it speaks volumes," stated a proud coach.
"Just a tremendous performance."
Holly Hankenson ran a 15.65 to win the 100 hurdles for BHS, her second fastest time ever. In the 300, senior Richelle Moyer of New Haven ran a 45.17 to win the 300 sticks, beating Holly's 46.25, her personal best and a half-second off of her mother's (Bridget Boyle Hankenson) Bellmont record.
Bailee earned fourth in the 400 with a 1:00.19, easily her personal record and later finished sixth in the high jump.
Holly Hankenson also took third in the long jump, going 15'6/5".
Despite the four first places and two records, Bellmont likely finished sixth in the meet with 66.5 points.
Host Carroll won the meet with 120 points, topping the 105 of Columbia City, 88 of Norwell and 80 points from DeKalb.
"Those young girls performed like seasoned veterans in a tough NHC meet," said Risch of Holly and Alexis.
"In both of Alexis' sprint wins she was the class of the field. She waltzed away with the victories," noted Risch.
Harvey also ran in the 400 relay, and with her Bailee Hankenson, Megan Schueler and Jessica Brewer . They ran more than a full second faster than they had all year, but finished seventh at 53.19.