Squaws roll in tri-meet with New Haven, DeKalb
ONE GIANT LEAPâ€”Holly Hankenson extends out during her Long Jump event. The senior launched for 17â€™ Tuesday night at home as the Squaws won their meet against DeKalb and New Haven. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
The well-oiled Bellmont girls track machine kept humming on all cylinders Tuesday night pounding out decisive victories over Northeast Hoosier Conference foes New Haven and DeKalb.
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Bellmont rolled out 85 points compared to 42 for DeKalb and 37 for New Haven.
Bellmont garnered 12 first place finishes in a rare home meet (one of just two for the Squaws this year) and then added some depth getting both first and second in four events. They won the first event of the night, the 4x800 relay with Emily Roman, Emily Gunsett, Alyssa Strickler, and Bailee Hankenson circling the track in 10:41.5 (a seven second win), and never trailed thereafter.
The usual assortment of stars again were present for Bellmont with the Hankenson twins accounting for seven blue ribbons, Alexis Harvey had four wins, and Bailey Beery had two.
Holly Hankenson destroyed the 100 high hurdles field with a 2.3 second win as she took :15.8 (teammate Allyson Norby was second), and then later returned to snare the 300 low hurdles in :46.5 (Norby again was second), the long jump with a 17’ leap, and finished the day anchoring the victorious 4 x 400 relay team. That squad which also featured teammates Norby, Harvey, and Emily Gunsett, more than dominated the event as their winning clocking of 4:16.5 was a whopping :22.4 ahead of DeKalb’s second place quartet giving the Squaws over a 100 meter lead at the end.
Bailee Hankenson, in addition to being on the two winning relays, breezed to a four-second win in the 800 run at 2:30.8.
Harvey was tested in only the 400 dash as she nudged out Kelly of DeKalb by a 1:00.5 to 1:01 finish. The Bellmont senior accepted wins in the 100 and 200 dashes as well going out :12.3 in the 100 and :25.7 in the 200, the latter a win by a margin of 2.6 seconds.
Norby had three seconds for Bellmont getting her last one in the high jump while Sarah Garner and Megan Schueler also claimed seconds in the 1600 run and the pole vault. Schueler actually cleared the same height (7’6) as did Kage of New Haven but had more misses.
In another result that BHS coach Carl Risch pointed out, Ashley Hamrick ran the 800 meter event for the first time and ended up third. Other personal best efforts were posted by Kenzie Funk in the discus (94’6) and Emily Smitley in the long jump (13’4).
Other girls who scored for the Squaws were Andrea Fruchte, third in the 200, Gunsett, third in the 400, Garner, third in the 3200, Funk, fourth in the shot put, and Roman, fourth in the 1600.