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Trojan girls and boys finish second in 3-way meet

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New Castle sophomore Bailey Cox (far right) breaks out in front at the start of the girls 1600m run as the Trojans' Grace Lewis (third from right) keeps pace during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field. Cox ran away from the field to win the event in 5:51.98 and Lewis finished fourth.
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New Castle's Grace Smith (left) beat's Wapahani's Boggs across the finish line by 0.13 seconds to finish first in the girls 400m dash as Trojan Coach Andy Carter shouts encouragement during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field.
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New Castle's Anyssa Hall (right) leaps a distance of 15-4.5 to win the girls long jump as others watch during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field. Hall also finshed first in the 100m dash, second in the 200m dash, and ran the final leg for the Trojans' winning 4 x 100m relay team.
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New Castle sophomore Tristan Barr clears a height of 8-6 to win the pole vault event as teammate Grace Smith watches during Thursday evening's 3-way track meet at Neal Field. Smith finished second in pole vault with a height of 8-0.
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New Castle's Britton Adkins (far right) and teammate Jace Logston (far left) finish 1-2 in the boys 400m dash during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field.
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A group of boys begins the 1600m run during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field. New Castle's Austin Morgan (far right) finished second in the event with a time of 4:53.78 and Ben Brock was fourth. Morgan also finished second in the 3200m race.
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New Castle's Kyle Gabbard (right) finishes second in the boys 110m hurdles behind first-place Gates of Wapahani (left) during Thursday evening's 3-way track & field meet at Neal Field. Gabbard also placed third in the 300m hurdles.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Two days after opening their outdoor regular seasons at Hagerstown, the New Castle High School girls and boys track & field teams hosted Yorktown and Wapahani in a three-way meet at Neal Field.

The host Trojans didn't win either side of the meet, but they also didn't finish last, either. In the girls meet, Wapahani finished first with 68 points, followed by New Castle second with 56 points and Yorktown third with 39. In the boys meet, the Tigers finished first with 68 points, followed by the Trojans with 46 points for second and the Raiders third at 41 points.

Since spring break still was going on, some of the athletes did not compete. Also, some of the athletes were on hand, but did not get to participate with their teams because they had not yet put in enough practices to qualify to do so.

No precipitation fell on the athletes or spectators present, but cloudy skies and a stiff breeze from the east (indicating a change in weather) was present making temperatures feel a lot cooler than the actual air temperature.

Point values during the meet were five points for first place, three for second, two for third, and one point for fourth place.

Girls Meet

Host New Castle won seven of the events, took second place in five, garnered third in one event, and took fourth in four.

Anyssa Hall finished first in two events, long jump with a leap of 15-4.5 and the 100m dash with a time of 13.06 seconds. Hall also almost won the 200m dash, but was edged out by a mere 0.22 seconds by VanAter of Wapahani, 22.55 seconds to 22.77 seconds.                                                                       

Tristan Barr won pole vault with a height of 8-6 and placed second in the long jump with a leap of 13-8.5. Grace Smith finished first in the 400m dash with a time of 1:10.59, edging Boggs of Wapahani by 0.13 seconds. Smith also was second in pole vault with a height of 8-0.

The Trojans' Bailey Cox also was a winner on Thursday, as she motored through the 1600m run in a time of 5:51.98, well ahead of second-place Wolf from Wapahani (6:12.78). Cox even lapped a couple of her competitors as she completed the event. Cox also placed second in the 800m run with a time of 2:29.17, which was 6.39 seconds behind Sorenson of Yorktown.

New Castle's other first-place finishes came in the 4 x 100m relay (54.51 seconds) and the 4 x 800m relay (4:47.56).

Eliza Madden placed second in discus with a toss of 85-3 and was third in shot run with a heave of 28-2. Ellie Miller of Yorktown won the discus event with a throw of 109-5.5, and Wapahani's Haley Morvilius took first in shot put with a distance of 33-0.5.

Grace Lewis garnered two fourth-place finishes in the high jump (4-2) and the 1600m run (7:12). The Trojans' Bell also finished fourth in a pair of events, the 100m dash (14.09 seconds) and the 200m dash (31.05 seconds).

Boys Meet

In this meet, the Trojan boys had a trio of first-place finishes, placed second in seven events, gathered four third-place ribbons, and finished fourth in two events.

Britton Atkins won the 400m dash with a time of 53.24 seconds, Jaycee Wilburn finished first in the 800m run in a time of 2:04.93, and New Castle's 4 x 400m relay team won that event in 3:46.83.

Austin Morgan finished second in both the 1600m run (4:53.78) and the 3200m run (10:52). Matt Bell was second in shot put with a heave of 41-4, and Trevor Morrison placed second in the 100m dash in 11.98 seconds, which was 0.16 seconds behind first-place Foster from Yorktown.

Also coming in second for the New Castle boys were Jace Logston in the 400m dash (53.96 seconds), Kyle Gabbard was second in the 100m hurdles (18.81 seconds), and the 4 x 100m relay team (46.81 seconds).

Placing third for the Trojan boys were Nate Smith in discus (116-3), Dickerson in high jump (5-2), Dickey in the 3200m run (10:53.66), and Gabbard in the 300m hurdles (49.35 seconds).

Fourth-place finishes were recorded by Nicholson in the 200m dash (25.80 seconds) and Ben Brock in the 1600m run (4:57).

New Castle is on the road for its next few meets, starting with one at Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Greenfield-Central Tuesday.