NEW HAVEN—Bellmont was a team that earned seven first place finishes (more than any other school), posted 24 season best efforts, and shattered an individual school record that had stood for 10 years...but still finished third in a Northeast Hoosier Conference triangular girls track meet at New Haven Tuesday night.
Coach Carl Risch pointed out he was "not at all" disappointed with the way the Squaws performed but "our lack of depth" kept Bellmont from having a chance to win. New Haven won the meet with 61.5 points while DeKalb was a close second at 58 and the Squaws stayed in the hunt at 47.5.
The big news for Bellmont was another sparking performance by freshman Holly Hankenson who shattered the Bellmont school record in the 100 hurdles with a time of :15.9. The old record of :16.3 held by Jenny Blythe had stood since 2001.
Every event that Holly Hankenson was entered in Tuesday turned to blue for the Squaws as she not only set the school record in the high hurdles but captured the 300 low sticks in :48.54 which bettered her season best by over two seconds, soared 15'5 1/2 in the long jump, and was on the winning 1,600 relay team along with twin sister Bailee, Alexis Harvey, and Megan Schueler.
Harvey also turned in her usual fine performance blazing past the field in the 100 and 200 dashes in :12.75 and :26.88 respectively and Bailee Hankenson rallied in the 400 dash to come from behind to win in 1:04.84.
Harvey was particularly dominant in the 200 dash winning by nearly two and a half seconds in the second shortest race of the night (distance wise).
"That's a huge difference," exclaimed Risch in talking about his sophomore sensation, adding "Alexis is running stronger and more confident this year than at this stage last year. She has the capability of being among the elite in the state in those events."
Bellmont's problem was that after the Hankensons and Harvey, the points were few and far between. The Squaws could manage just one second place finish, a strong 6:02.19 run by Sarah Garner in the 1,600, three thirds, and two fourths. The events were scored five for first, three for second, two for third and one for fourth (relays score only for the first two spots).
Risch also praised the effort of Garner in the 3,200 run with a 13:14.28 time for third place. Others scoring for the Squaws were Schueler, third place in the long jump at 14'4 and third in the pole vault at 6'6, Rachel Klingensmith, fourth in the pole vault at 6'0, and Emily Roman, fourth in the 800 run in 2:45.81.
"We have the kids to compete for first but just not enough depth for the team title," analyzed Risch, adding "this team could be very competitive in the tourney, though."
Bellmont also raced against DeKalb and New Haven in boys track Tuesday night with the event being staged at Bellmont. The Bulldogs easily won the meet with 96.5 points while DeKalb was second at 49 and Bellmont was third with 20.5
The lone first place finish for Bellmont came from Evan Boucher in the 3,200 race as he went 10:37. The Braves also finished second in the 1,600 and 400 relay while in third place were Mike Braun in the 1,600, Nate Sheneman in the 400, Zac Torrey in the 200, and Willie Mahlan in the pole vault.
New Haven 61.5, DeKalb 58, Bellmont 47.5 (girls)
3200 Relay-1. DeKalb, 10:56.49; 2. New Haven; 3. Bellmont
100 Hurdles-1. Holly Hankenson (B-new school record), :15.90; 2. Moyer (NH); 3. Getts (D); 4. Butts (D)
100 Dash-1. Harvey (B), :12.75; 2. Grate (D); 3. Haas (NH); 4. Burris (D)
1,600 Run-1. Hansbarger (D), 5:56.71; 2. Garner (B); 3. Vanwye (D); 4. Hiatt (NH)
400 Relay-1. New Haven, :52.97; 2. DeKalb; 3. Bellmont
400 Dash-1. Bailee Hankenson (B), 1:04.84; 2. Beerman (D); 3. Magley (D); 4. Holle (NH)
300 Hurdles-1. Holly Hankenson (B), :48.54; 2. Moyer (NH); 3. Frederick (NH); 4. Getts (D)
800 Run-1. Rutherford (NH), 2:40.88; 2. Magley (D); 3. Robinett (D); 4. Roman (B)
200 Dash-1. Harvey (B), :26.88; 2. Kelley (D); 3. Burris (D); 4. Workman (NH)
3,200 Run-1. Hansbarger (D), 12:40.71; 2. Diaz (NH); 3. Garner (B); 4. Rhoades (NH)
1,600 Relay-1. New Haven, 5:18.82; 2. New Haven; 3. Bellmont
Long Jump-1. Holly Hankenson (B), 15'5; 2. Haas (NH); 3. Schueler (B); 4. Casterline (NH)
Shot Put-1. Dincoff (D), 41'5; 2. Eck (D); 3. Braun (NH); 4. Donley (NH)
Discus-1. Dincoff (D), 93'11; 2. Donley (NH); 3. Braun (NH); 4. Hope (NH)
Pole Vault-1. Lambert (NH), 9'0; 2. Holle (NH); 3. Schueler (B); 4. Klingensmith (B)