Depleted Bellmont roster suffers on track

    FORT WAYNE—Again utilizing a less-than-full roster of athletes, the Bellmont Squaws managed to win seven of 16 events Tuesday night and split a Northeast Hoosier Conference triangular girls track meet against Homestead and East Noble.
    The host Homestead team amassed 73 points for the team win and had eight blue ribbons on the night while Bellmont settled for 50 points. East Noble, a team that had knocked off Norwell and Carroll last week in girls track, won just only one event and was third at 44.
    "We did some experimenting tonight," analyzed Bellmont coach Carl Risch noting he tweaked the BHS line-up somewhat.
    For example, Risch penciled in Bailee Hankenson for the 1600 race for the first time ever and the University of Arkansas recruit responded with a winning 5:27 time. Bellmont was shut out of several events including the 400 and 800 races as athletes involved in other club sports were not available at the time of the race.
    Both Bailee and Holly Hankenson each picked up three wins for the Squaws in the meet. Holly went :16.28 in the 100 high hurdles, 15'8 1/2 in the long jump and posted a :46.9 time in the 300 low hurdles for her wins while her twin sister copped the high jump with a 4'10 leap and was on the winning 4 x 8 relay crew along with Emily Roman, Grace Fisher, and Cadi Faurote in 10:37 that had a solid 12 second win over the Spartans.
    Kenzie Funk had the other first place spot for Bellmont as she threw a season-best 35'1 in the shot put.