Squaws take seventh place at Turtle Town Invitational

    CHURUBUSCO—The Bellmont Squaws track team set 20 season personal best times  Saturday at the annual Turtle Town Invitational and ended up finishing seventh in the team standings of the Gold Division.
    The Squaws didn't garner any blue ribbons in the event but that didn't stop BHS coach Carl Risch from being enthused about their performance.
    "I told the girls before the meet that anything over 40 points would be a great day for us and we finished with 42 (Warsaw easily won the Gold Division by nearly doubling the score of second place East Noble 141.5 to 71.5). With the kids we had at Churubusco on Saturday, we did well, real well," Risch noted, adding "a lot of the kids who wouldn't have normally had a chance to run had the ability to participate. We were really pleased with their effort."
    Columbia City was third overall with 64 (Kalisha Goree of the Eagles was the top individual scorer in the meet with 27 points) followed by North Side 59, DeKalb 56, Leo 53.5, Bellmont 42, Lakeland 38, Angola 36.5, West Noble 29, Wawasee 17, and Heritage 15.
    Bellmont was led in scoring by senior Cadi Faurote with 11 team points which Risch said was noteworthy since she ran three distance events. Her top performance of the long day came in the 3200 race when she recorded her first sub-12 minute outdoor run of the year and lifetime best effort of 11:50.60 to end up second behind Alexia Zawadzke of East Noble (11:43.54).
    Faurote set a personal best mark in the 1600 of 5:42.60 for seventh overall and joined teammates Emily Roman, Amberly Gutierrez, and Grace Fisher in the 4 x 8 relay for a 10:49.16 finish which was good for fifth place.