CHURUBUSCO — Alexis Harvey ran a career-best 25.06, setting the Bellmont mark by .34 of a second, winning the 200-meter event with what may be the fastest time recorded in Indiana this spring, in winning the blue in the Turtle Town Classic Saturday at Churubusco.
Harvey, who finished second in the 100 meter dash with a 12.45, had the only first for Bellmont, which finished seventh in the 12-team Gold Division.
"Alexis is definitely running with more confidence this year. She looks far more relaxed than her other competitors," stated Bellmont coach Carl Risch.
"She gradually pulled away from the field and made it look easy against a very talented field," noted Risch.
An earlier time this year by Harvey in the 200 proved to be the second-fastest time recorded in Indiana girls prep competition. The big jump down might put her at No. 1. Harvey qualified for the state meet in the 200 a year ago.
Harvey topped Dyamond Morris of North Side by eight-tenths of a second for the win. Dyamond ran a 12:42 to nip Harvey in the 100. Alexis stumbled out of the blocks in the event and could not recover in time to catch Morris.
Columbia City won the Gold Division, the bigger school division, with 115.5 points to the 88 of Warsaw and 79 of Leo. Bellmont tallied 45 points, topping Angola's 39, the 32 of West Noble, 30.5 of East Noble, and 17 of Wawasee.
Bellmont recorded 17 season bests in the meet in a strong overall showing.
Freshman Holly Hankenson scored in four events, losing three times to one of the top girls track competitors in the state in Skyler Carpenter, the defending 300 hurdles champ. Hankenson ran a 47.83 to the 44.25 of Carpenter in the 300 sticks for second, and the Bellmonter placed third in the 100 hurdles with a 15.73 to the 14.91 of Carpenter and 15.57 of Columbia City's Corinna Raypole.
In the long jump, Hankenson's 15'11" jump took fourth and Harvey was seventh at 14'8". Carpenter won with a 17'3" jump.
In the 1600 meter relay, Harvey, Sarah Garner, Emily Roman (65, first ever run in the event) and Hankenson combined for a 4:16.70, a season's best time for the team despite two subs in the lineup. Harvey and Hankenson ran splits of 60.8 seconds. Leo won with a 4:16.11. DeKalb went 4:16.65. Bailee Hankenson was not present for the meet.
Bellmont is at Norwell on Tuesday for boys and girls track meets.