Track Squaws dominate New Haven sectional

    NEW HAVEN—Bellmont set the pace early for a dominating performance in the 2013 IHSAA girls sectional track meet Tuesday night at the Patrick D. Monaghan Track and Field Facility at New Haven High School and breezed its way to an easy team victory.
    Claiming victory for the first time as a team since 2002, Bellmont was never seriously threatened on the night as the Squaws of Coach Carl Risch won eight of the 16 events and finished no worse than second in 13 of the 16 events.
    Bellmont rolled up 156 points for the team win to outclass second place Columbia City at 106. The Eagles were followed by Homestead 83, Wayne 82, New Haven 66.5, South Adams 31, Whitko 27, Canterbury 24, Adams Central 21, Heritage 16.5, and Bishop Luers 11.
    Risch said he thought the amazing part of the evening was that "we scored in every single event. That's something that's never happened before for us at sectional."
    Bellmont won the events they were expected to as Alexis Harvey won the 200 and 400 meter dashes, Holly Hankenson eased to triumphs in the 100 and 300 hurdles, freshman Bailey Beery ripped the 3200 meter field, and Bailee Hankenson nailed down the 800 meter event to the Bellmont category.
    The Squaws also took victories in two of the three relays capturing the 4x400 and 4x800 events.
    To advance to the IHSAA regional at Northrop High School next Tuesday at 6 p.m., athletes or relay teams had to be among the top four finishers.
    South Adams' Hannah Mitchel won the shot put competition for the Starfires tossing a 37'0 1/2 heave and twin sister Leah Mitchel was fourth at 33'11 1/2 to advance to the regional. They switched spots in the discus but still advanced as Leah went 96'7 (third) to nose out Hannah at 96'6 (fourth).
    "We were thrilled to see Hannah and Leah do so well in the shot and discus," SA coach Clint Anderson praised of the twins. "Tonight shows just how much the two of them have improved over the course of this season. They have been two very dedicated athletes over the last four years and it's nice to see them winding up their careers in such great fashion."
    For Adams Central, their best finishes came from Briona Case and Erica Bluhm as both of them will go to regional. Bluhm was fourth in the 300 low hurdles in :51.48 and Case finished the long jump fourth at 15'11. McKenna Macklin just missed a chance to move on in the 100 hurdles but ended up fifth at :17.38 and Case was fifth in the 200 dash at :27.78.