Squaws tie, break track standards; finish second
VAN WERT — One school record that lasted all of two days fell by the wayside while another one was tied in Thursday night's triangular girls track meet between Bellmont, Van Wert and Celina.
The Squaws finished second in the meet with 46.5 points while Celina easily won with 92.5. The host team was third at 36.
Holly Hankenson had erased a school record for the Squaws on Tuesday of this week in the 100 high hurdles that had stood for 10 years with a :15.9 effort. She easily topped that performance with a sterling :15.39 run, over a half-second faster than Tuesday for yet another school standard.
Alexis Harvey tied her school record in the 200 dash with a :25.4 mark. Both Hankenson and Harvey will have plenty of more opportunities at school records being just a freshman and sophomore respectively.
Ironically, another school record that has stood at Bellmont since 1985 is now in the sights of Holly Hankenson. That mark, :45.71 in the 300 low hurdles, held by none other but her mother, Bridget (Boyle) Hankenson, now appears in jeopardy as Holly has sliced nearly four seconds off her previous season best in two meets this week and she won Thursday night's race in :46.52.
"Holly is making unusually significant time cuts in some of her races. For someone who is already y as good as she is in the hurdles, her times continue to amaze me," noted Bellmont coach Carl Risch.
Holly Hankenson was also a member of the winning 1,600 relay team in 4:22.17. She accepted the baton from sister, Bailee, who had gained a slight lead in the race on the third leg and then battled a strong Celina runner for the final 400 meters giving the Squaws a close win by just .51 of a second. Harvey opened the event for Bellmont with Jess Brewer running the second leg.
Harvey captured the other blue ribbon on the night for Bellmont blowing away the competition in the 100 meter dash. Harvey, who holds the school standard in the event, finished with a season best :12.36 (her mark was set last year as a freshman), more than a half-season better than Clay of Van Wert.
"A half-second doesn't sound like much until you watch such a short race like the 100 dash," explained Risch. "That time easily put her three or four steps ahead at the finish line."
The Squaws did a little better in the depth department that in earlier meets which allowed them to move past Van Wert into second place.
Risch noted Bellmont accumulated 29 season best times or distances and that Bellmont was able to finish second and third in both the pole vault (Megan Schueler and Bailee Hankenson) and the 800 (Brewer and Emily Roman).
Others scoring for the Squaws were Sarah Garner, second in the 1,600 race in 6:00.05, Bailee Hankenson tied for third in the high jump at 4'6, Holly Hankenson scored a season best long jump leap of 16'0 for third, Emily Osheskie was third in the discus with an 87'6 throw, Amber Loshe was fourth in the 100 dash in :14.31, Katrina Robinson was fourth in the 400 dash in 1:14.5, and Cadence Faurote was fourth in the 3,200 in 13:47.
The next meet for Bellmont will be a triangular meet at Homestead next Tuesday along with East Noble.
The Bellmont boys track team also participated in a triangular meet with the same two teams Thursday at Van Wert and ended up a distant third with 21 points. Celina easily won the meet with 104 while Van Wert tallied 44.
Celina claimed 14 of the 16 events on the night with Van Wert getting the other two. Bellmont's best finishes included three second place positions by Tyler Korte with an :11.86 in the 100 dash, Evan Boucher with a 10:43.25 in the 3,200 run, and Willie Mahlan who went 11'0 in the pole vault.
In third place for the Braves were D. J. Ruiz in the high jump at 5'4, and Nate Sheneman in the 200 dash in :24.7. Fourth place points were recorded by Lance Shifferly in the 110 high hurdles in :18.85, Boucher in the 1,600 race in 5:06, Logan Neher in the 400 dash in :57.02, Mike Braun in the 800 run in 2:22.28, and Mason Turner in the shot put at 40'1.