Depth keys Norwell sweep past Bellmont

    OSSIAN —  Bellmont won eight of 16 first places, but the Norwell depth was way too much for Carl Risch's Squaws in an 81-49 NHC loss Tuesday at the Norwell oval.
    The Norwell boys won four of five field events to score an 87-45 win over the Braves in that dual.
    BHS frosh Holly Hankenson continued her dominating ways with four blue ribbons while sister Bailee had three firsts, as did sophomore sprinter Alexis Harvey.
    Holly Hankenson took both hurdle events and the long jump, then anchored the winning BHS 1600 relay team, which roared to a 4:10.3, just two seconds off the Bellmont record. Sprinter Alexis Harvey took both the 100 and 200 and was also on the 1600 team, going a personal best 60.3 to start the effort. Bailee Hankenson also won a pair, taking the 400 and high jump, and she ran the third leg of the 1600.
    The only other Bellmont with blue was Emily Roman, who ran a best 1:04 split in her leg of the 1600 relay. This was the first time this particular foursome ran together, and it looks like a rock-solid combo.
    "That was just a nice drop in time, the best of the season by six seconds," stated Risch of the 1600 time.
    Bailee ran 1:03 and Holly 1:01. "Those four work well together. That's the group unless someone else runs faster," qualified Risch.
    "We had some fine performances, and not on an easy day to do it because of the gusting winds. It was an impressive showing," added Risch.
    Holly ran a 16.4 in the 100 sticks to win by 1.4 seconds. She added a 48.1 in the 300 for a 1.5 second margin. She went 15' for the long jump win, beating Harvey by two inches.
    Bailee went 4'10 to win the high jump and later held off Corinne Eckert in the 400 for that win.
    Harvey went 12.7 in the 100 and 26.0 in the 200, running away from the competition.
    Emily Gresley went 10'6 in the pole vault for Norwell, setting a new Norwell mark.

Braves Win Five Events
    Bellmont dominated the sprint events, winning the 100, 200 and 400 relay, and added the long jump and 400 meter dash victories in a solid showing in the boys section.
    Tyler Korte raced to the 100 meter win in 12.2, topping the 12.4 of teammate Zac Torrey, who later won the 200 meter dash in 24.5, with Korte third. Nathan Sheneman took the 400 meter run in 55.1 for the Braves. DJ Ruiz went 17'7" to beat Korte by five inches in the long jump.
    The BHS 400 team went 47.8 for the victory.
    Lance Shifferly took second in both the high hurdles and 300 sticks. Willie Mahlan was second in the pole vault. Dohrman took second in the shot.