MONROE—The Bellmont girls collected blue ribbons a plenty Thursday evening in its opening triangular outdoor track meet of the season winning 12 of the 15 events but still edged out Jay County by just 10 points winning 76-66 over the Pats, while host Adams Central garnered just 11 points.
The performance was a near repeat of last year's meet but had a different team winner this year as Jay County won in 2012 despite a lopsided collection of "blues" for the Squaws.
Bellmont posted "some very impressive and stellar times" according to coach Carl Risch in parading its way to victory. Two individuals were especially dominant for the Squaws with Holly Hankenson collecting four individual first place finishes going :15.28 in the 100 high hurdles, :47.3 in the 300 low hurdles, 2:30 in the 800 run, and went 17'6 1/4 in the long jump. Her long jump effort nearly equalled her leap in the long jump in the indoor state championship meet several weeks ago in which Hankenson shattered the Bellmont school record that had stood for several decades.
Freshman Bailey Beery absolutely demolished the 1600 and 3200 fields as she completely dominated both races to collect her first two blue ribbons of what promises to be an outstanding high school track career. In the 1600, Beery zipped out to a 40 meter lead in the first 200 meters or so of the race and crossed the finish line in 5:32, about 125 meters in front of the second place Abigail Johnson of Jay County who finished in 5:58.
The 3200 competition was never in doubt and Beery became the first Bellmont runner since 1996 to post a sub-12 minute finish as she took just 11:57 to conclude her activity for the day. A Jay runner was second again, but was a full minute behind Beery at 12:57.
"Bailey ran fantastic races. I never would have predicted that she would have been that dominant," Risch praised.
Alexis Harvey picked off two individual triumphs and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 4 relay. "Alexis had some really good times for this early in the season, stellar times, I would say," lauded Risch, noting she ended up winning her specialties, the 100 and 200 dashes with quick times of :12.16 and :24.9 respectively.
Bailee Hankenson and Kenzie Funk both notched one individual win apiece for the Squaws as Hankenson ran a solid 1:00 race in the 400 dash for her victory while Funk tossed the shot put 31'1 1/2 to win by by over three feet. Hankenson was also a member of the winning 4x8 and 4x4 relay teams for the Squaws.
Joining Harvey and Hankenson on the 4:14 tour of the track in the 4x4 relay for Bellmont were Emily Gunsett, and Allyson Norby while Emily Roman, Alyssa Strickler, and Sarah Garner joined Hankenson on the 4x8 effort in 10:34.3.