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Track and field season hitting its stridePosted Friday, April 25, 2008, at 8:46 PM
You can tell that the high school boys and girls track and field season is hitting full stride as the three biggest regular-season events are scheduled with the next 13 days.
The Greene County Invitational is set for Monday, April 28. The Tri-River Conference meet will be Friday, May 2 and the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference event is set for Friday, May 9.
All three events will again take place at Roy Williams Field at Linton-Stockton High School.
Greene County is blessed with too many standout performers on the track and in field events to mention them all.
Linton-Stockton boys coach Aaron Lynn said than Ethan Brewer is nursing a stone bruise on his heel and hopes to have him near 100 percent for the upcoming trifecta.
Brewer should be near the top in the long jump and 100 meters.
Lynn added that Cameron Coleman ran as quick as 43 seconds in the 300 low hurdles recently. He also said that Benn Sparks and Josh Ivey have been performing well in the hurdles, although Ivey is yet to reach 100 percent after his ankle injury.
He added that Jaron Powell has been performing well in the 200 and 400 and on the 1,600 relay.
Stefan Sparks has been placing in the shot put and discus for the Miners and Coleman also participates in the long jump.
"We are getting prepared for the Greene County," said Lynn, who coached the Miners to county titles in 2003-2006.
Linton-Stockton's girls team, which again will be looking for the sweep in all three events, otherwise known as the Triple Crown, came back to beat Sullivan in a triangular meet at North Daviess earlier this week after Sullivan edged out the Lady Miners at the Warrior Invitational at North Knox earlier this month.
The Lady Miners had 10 personal bests at North Daviess, including Ashton Montgomery, Kelsey Overton, Chelsea Rehmel and Bradlea Beard running the 3,200 relay in 11 minutes, 13 seconds despite finishing second to the Lady Arrows.
"They improved by 37 seconds," said first-year Lady Miner coach Britney Lynn. "They tried their best to make a run on Sullivan, but the Lady Arrows were just too strong."
Kelsey Andis was timed at 16.78, her best in the 100 hurdles this spring. Aubrey Sears won the 100 with a personal best time of 14.21. Sears, who reportedly signed a letter of intent to attend Vincennes University on a track and field scholarship, also is expected to be near the top in the discus competition.
Andis, Brooke Haldeman, Ashlea Beard and Alex Daluga ran a season-best 54.88 in the 400 relay.
Bre Alsman threw the discus 75-9 1/2 and ran the 400 in 1:06, both personal bests.
After begin out sick all last week, Rehmel ran a personal best 6:12 in the 1,600.
Bradlea Beard (2:40) and Jessi Bohnert (2:54) had their best times this spring in the 800 at North Daviess.
Daluga tied her personal best of 28.9 in the 200.
"We took 1-2-3 in high jump and 1-2 in pole vault," said Britney Lynn. "Bradlea Beard had an excellent night, as did Montgomery, Andis, Alsman, and Rehmel.
"Chelsea Rehmel is a viking, and the team is excited to have her back and to see her healthy. We look forward to the Greene County Invitational on Monday."
Shakamak will have to be considered a formidable foe for anyone trying to win any of the three boys titles. Sophomore T.J. Hill, who just narrowly missed going to the regional last year, set the school record earlier this spring with a throw of 47 feet, nine inches in the shot put. This broke the old mark of 46-3 1/2, set by Tom Green some 34 years ago.
Anthony Witt and Drew Gambill give the Lakers threats to win at least four individuals events. Witt has been running the 1,600 and 3,200, the event he advanced to the state meet in a year ago, while Gambill has been running the 400 and 800. Witt broke his own school in the 1,600 at 4:28.
They teamed with Jacob Stevenson and James Marlow to set a new school record in the 3,200 relay. The new mark was 3:59.59.
Marlow is the defending champion in the SWIAC in the long jump. He won last year with an effort of 20-10. He also won the Greene County and TRC with efforts of 20-2 and 20-0 a year ago.
Senior Jaret May was second last year in the high jump at the SWIAC. On April 7 against North Central and Sullivan, May tied Darrell McKinley's school record of 6-4 1/2.
Shakamak's girls team features Micajah Green (400, long jump), Holli Moore (hurdles), Lacy Ashcraft (throwing events), Abby Sweet (800) and Sam Ellis (100).
The Eastern Greene boys and girls teams should again put up a challenge.
Miguel Olvera of Eastern Greene will be a factor in both hurdle events. Wes Dye of Eastern Greene has been the Thunderbirds top thrower in the discus and shot put.
Senior Ben Arthur leads the Thunderbirds in the long jump and high jump. Arthur also runs both hurdle events.
Tyler Odgen will likely be running in the 800 and 1,600.
For the Eastern Greene girls, senior Lindsey Stevens should be the favorite in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She is a former state finalist in the 300 hurdles.
Sydney Spice has been running the 1,600 and 3,200 while Alyssa and Allyson Nicholson have been in a factor in the long jump. Alyssa also participates in the high jump.
Shelby Mitchell and Kayla Erwin are among others that could do well for the Lady Thunderbirds.
White River Valley will be led by pole vaulter Kayla Held, who has advanced to the state final in that event.
WRV's Caitlyn Robertson has done well in the high jump. She edged Linton-Stockton's Ashlea Beard and Jessi Bohnert recently.
Kelsey Anderson and Carly Johnson compete in the throwing events for WRV.
Lady Wolverine Jennifer Hughes has been running both the 800 and 1,600.
WRV's Drew Townsend has been one of their top sprinters while Wolverine Ty Robbins will be running in the 400.
Some of the top Bloomfield competitors who are expected to be competing at the three big meets are Paige Warren (1,600 and 3,200), Bri Wilson (shot put and discus), Rory Jones (shot put and discus), Daniel Holt (800), Tyler Blakely (hurdles) and Matthew Hanauer in the distance events.
Should be an interesting couple of weeks to be followed by the girls sectionals May 13 and boys sectionals May 15. The regionals will be a week later for both.
Good luck to all.
B.J. Hargis is the Sports Editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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