KENDALLVILLE—Bellmont placed third or better in five of the six relays Saturday in the annual John Reed Relays held at East Noble High School and the Squaws finished the day in second place out of a 13-team field.
Several scoring snafus, however, nearly cost the Squaws that position as DeKalb was originally listed in second behind team winner Columbia City with the Squaws a close third.
Bellmont coach Carl Risch contested the results of the 4x200 relay event especially after it was obvious the Squaws had won the race by nearly 40 meters but were listed second on the score sheet.
"They originally had Columbia City winning when we had and even the Columbia City coach agreed. I asked them to review the tape and the decision was changed. They said there had been an obstruction at the end of the race," Risch noted.
Another problem occurred when the final score sheet did not include points scored in the 4x400 meter relay where Bellmont ended up third for six team points.
The new point sheet showed Columbia City in first with 95.5 points while Bellmont squeezed past DeKalb 73 to 72.5. East Noble and Norwell continued the Northeast Hoosier Conference domination of the meet placing fourth and sixth with 62 and 46 points (Angola was fifth at 53). Other scores included Westview 36, West Noble 28, Goshen 25, Wawasee 23, Central Noble 20, Lakeland 8, and Bishop Luers 4.
The second place finish was an amazing accomplishment for the Squaws considering that four of their top runners did not compete in the meet as they were participating in other sports Saturday. Risch, who has had a long-standing policy of talking about the athletes who competed versus those not competing, simply said "yes, we probably would have won at least three more events and probably would have won the meet, but we still ran well Saturday. We set three new school records and posted 17 season best times or distances."
Bellmont won three events overall on the day including a strong effort from sprinter Alexis Harvey in the 100 dash at :12.52.
"Wow, what a race from Alexis. This was a nice race for everyone else with decent times but Alexis just blew the field away and won by a full second," Risch praised.
The 4x200 meter relay crew of Harvey, Emily Gunsett, Allyson Norby, and Ashley Hamrick set a school record time of 1:52.60 (breaking the mark of 1:53.3 set in 2000 by Margaret Reyling, Jenny Blythe, Jess Thieme, and Cassy Egley) to post the second BHS win and in the 800 sprint medley the 2001 time of 1:57.6 was knocked down to 1:56.65 by Norby, Hamrick, Gunsett, and Harvey giving that foursome a second new school record.