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Trojan track & field teams finish second at Greenfield


GREENFIELD - The New Castle High School girls and boys track & field teams traveled to Greenfield-Central this past Tuesday for a boys dual meet with the host Cougars and a girls three-way meet that also included Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

It was a good chance to compete with other conference schools as the teams prepare for the Hoosier Heritage Conference meets the first part of May. The weather was sunny and very favorable with temperatures in the low to mid-60s and a light breeze. Both NC teams continued to improve and placed high in several events. NC coaches are pleased with how the teams are progressing through the season and supporting each other.

Girls Meet

The Trojans finished second in the meet with a score of 56 compared to Greenfield’s 66 points to claim first. Mount Vernon was third with 43 points. The NC girls team is primarily a young group with mostly freshman and sophomores. However, that is not stopping them from doing great things.

To lead things off, sophomore Emma Thurman placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-0 and followed with a third place finish in the 100m hurdles. Later in the meet, Thurman also placed third in the 300m hurdles.

Next came freshman standout Anyssa Hall with four exceptional performances, all of which resulted in first-place finishes. Hall won the 100m dash going away with a time of 13.09 seconds. Hall also won the long jump with a distance of 16-5.5, which puts her fourth on the NC all-time list and just five inches from the school record. Later in the meet, Hall won the 200m dash in a time of 26.36 seconds, which was almost a second faster than the next competitor and the third-best ever NC 200m posting of all time.

Sophomore Tristan Barr had better weather than the cold and windy conditions of the previous week for pole vault and it certainly helped not having those challenges for this meet. Barr vaulted 11-0, which is the best-ever sophomore vault for a NC female and just two inches shy of Barr’s own school record of 11-2 that she set last year.

Freshman Maggie Lewis, although she did not place in a scoring position, exhibited great form for a young high jumper in only her third meet and jumped 4-8. Lewis was juggling her time by competing in three events occurring almost simultaneously. She also posted personal-best tosses in both the shot put and discus. Lewis shows great promise for future meets.

Also juggling her time was senior Grace Smith, who placed second in the 400m run in a time of 1:06.81. Smith’s 400m posting is especially impressive because that race immediately followed her contribution to the NC winning 4 x 100 relay team. These back-to-back races are especially difficult because of the short time between the events. Later in the meet, Smith anchored the second-place NC 4 x 400 relay team.

Freshman Ava Bell had a great meet. Bell placed fourth in the 100m dash and followed with impressive splits in the winning 4 x 100 meter relay as well as the second-place 4 x 400 meter relay.

Sophomore Bailey Cox, in only her second meet of the season, finished second in the 1600m run with a season-best time of 5:42 and followed with a very gutsy 800m race by taking charge at the 200m mark and holding off two competitors during the following 600 meters and had a nice final kick to pull away down the home stretch in a time of 2:31.91, which was the fourth best-ever NC time for a sophomore.

In the 3200m run, senior Grace Lewis placed fourth.

As already noted, the NC 4 x 100 relay squad placed first with Barr, Bell, Smith, and Hall. The 4 x 400 relay squad placed second and consisted of Makayla McGowan, Bell, Amber Heera, and Smith.

In the throws, senior Gracie Bowers placed second in the shot put with a toss of 32-1, which was just 3.25 inches away from first place. Sophomore Eliza Madden and senior Hanna Talbott threw personal bests in both the shot put and discus. Madden’s toss of 30-0 moves her into a tie for fourth on the NC all-time sophomore list. Madden placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 81-8.

Boys Meet

The Trojans finished second in the meet with a score of 55 compared to Greenfield’s 75 points. Freshman Kyle Gabbard had several strong performances and scored points for the Trojans. Gabbard placed second in the 110m high hurdles followed by a strong leg in the winning NC 4 x 100m relay squad and rounded out the night with a second-place finish in the 300m intermediate hurdles.

Sophomore Jace Logston had a very solid and busy meet by competing in four events and placing first or second in all four. Logston started out the meet with second place in the 200m dash followed by a strong lead-off leg on the winning NC 4 x100m relay team.

Following the relay completion, Logston then turned his attention almost immediately to the 400m run, where he placed second to teammate senior Britton Adkins. These back-to-back races are especially difficult because of the short time between the events. Logston finished out the meet running the lead-off leg for the winning Trojan 4 x 400 team.

Adkins won the 400m run in a time of 55.16 seconds and followed later in the meet with a strong anchor leg on the winning 4 x 400 relay team. This is the second meet in a row that Adkins and Logston placed first and second in the 400m race.

Also in the sprints, senior Trevor Morrison had a strong night by helping both the 4 x 100 relay and the 4 x 400 relay teams to first-place finishes. He ran a smart third leg of the 4 x 400 relay which gave the Trojans the lead in the final hand-off to Adkins. Morrison also placed second in the 200m dash in a time of 24.7 seconds.

In the distance events, senior Jaycee Wilburn repeated his winning ways in the 800m run by continuing to take risks, leading from the front and showing great passion and determination in holding off the competitor hot on his tail during the two-lap race. Wilburn’s winning time was a near personal best 2:04.93.

Freshman Caleb Grow is looking strong in the 800m run, as well. Grow placed fourth in the race in a time of 2:18.62. Senior Ben Brock ran another solid 1600m race for the third meet in a row and placed second with a time of 4:58.09.

In the 3200m run, the NC duo of junior Austin Morgan and freshman Skyler Dickey took the lead early in the race and continued to work side-by-side the entire race to pull away from the rest of the field. Ultimately, Morgan pulled away from his teammate to win with a time of 10:42.50, followed closely by Dickey in second place with a time of 10:47.61, which was a personal best by 11 seconds over his 3200 performance the previous week.

Sophomore Matt Bell had a good night in the shot put and the discus with personal bests and second-place postings in both with tosses of 42-0 and 107-1, respectively. Sophomore Nate Smith was close behind his teammate Bell in the shot put and placed third with a toss of 40-1. Luke Witham, even though placing out of the standings, threw personal bests in the shot and discus. Carter Dickerson placed third in the high jump with a height 5-0.

Both Trojan teams competed Friday evening against 14 other teams in the Park Tudor Small School Showcase invitational.

New Castle Girls Results

100 H 3) Emma Thurman 18.15

100 1) Anyssa Hall 13.06 3) Ava Bell 14.18

1600 2) Bailey Cox 5:42.04

4 x 100 1) Tristan Barr, Bell, Grace Smith, Hall 53.40

400 2) Smith 1:06.81

300 H 3) Thurman 56.55

800 1) Cox 2:31.91

200 1) Hall 26.36

3200 4) Grace Lewis 16:52

4 x 400 2) Makayla McGowan, Bell, Amber Heera, Smith 4:56.59

HJ 2) Thurman 5-0

LJ 1) Hall 16-5.5

Shot Put 2) Gracie Bowers 32-1

Discus 4) Eliza Madden 81-8

New Castle Boys Results

4 x 800 2) Austin Morgan, Drew Nelson, Quentin Hedges, Simon Miller 10:04

100 H 2) Kyle Gabbard 18.92

100 2) Jace Logston 12.17

1600 2) Ben Brock 4:58.09

4 x 100 1) Logston, Gabbard, Trevor Morrison, Layne Nicholson 47.09

400 1) Britton Adkins 55.16 2) Logston 55.65

300 H 2) Gabbard 49.72

800 1) Wilburn 2:04.93 4) Caleb Grow 2:18.62

200 2) Morrison 24.70

3200 1) Austin Morgan 10:42.50 2) Skyler Dickey 10:47.61

4 x 400 1) Logston, Wilburn, Morrison, Adkins 3:44.88

HJ 3) Carter Dickerson 5-0

Shot Put 2) Matt Bell 42-0 3) Nate Smith 41-1

Discus 2) Bell 107-1 4) Smith 98-0