April 24, 2019The host Floyd Central Lady Highlanders won 12 events and the Highlanders won 14 to sweep a three-way track meet with Crawford County and North Harrison last Tuesday. The wind played havoc in some events, but the Lady Highlanders and Highlanders dominated in preparation for next month's post-season.
In the field events, Crawford County's Haylea Crandall and Floyd Central's Spencer Freiberger were the final two jumpers left in the high jump after North Harrison's Diana Burgher just missed getting over 5 feet to finish third. Both Crandall and Freiberger had to deal with a strong headwind that also blew around the mat topper, creating a distraction for both jumpers.
Crandall sailed easily over 5-2 on her first attempt, but Freiberger struggled as the wind blew the mat topper around. Freiberger missed on all three of her attempts at 5-2. That sealed the win for Crandall, who went on to clear 5-4 on her second attempt.
North Harrison's Diana Burgher sails over the bar to finish third in the high jump against Floyd Central and Crawford County.
"I'm happy but disappointed at the same time," Crandall said. "It's been a rough, rough time this year. This year it's a mental thing. When I get to 5-6 and I see it at my eyes, it's scaring me every time I go up, and I'm just so close to the bar, too close to the bar. I just go right into it. I'm not even focusing on spacing anymore or anything like that."
Crandall has the talent. The Crawford County junior went all the way to 5-9 at last year's state finals, finishing third.
"I'll do other heights really good, and when it gets to the higher heights, it's a mental block," she said. "It's really different this year. My goal this year was to have a less stressful track season, focus on having fun in doing it. It's stressing me out not being able to do what I can do … Hopefully, in practice we can try not to focus on the other things around and just focus on the things I know I can do."
Freiberger struggled through the entire season last year but has come back this year with more confidence and a better attitude. Despite the problems with the wind, the Floyd Central junior was still feeling good about her jumping and hopes to have a good rest of the season.
"It's good to be back," Freiberger said. "Having a new coach and everything, she's taught me the small details that I need to know to be able to jump again. It just feels amazing."
Freiberger admitted the wind was a distraction but thought she still should have jumped better.
"The head wind definitely made me a low slower, but I can't really use the wind as an excuse," she said . "I think it was honestly just in my head for that one. In the second attempt, I just kind of flopped over. It's just something I've got to keep working on."
In the boys' throwing events, Floyd Central's Cameron Sturgeon swept both the discus and the shot put. Sturgeon threw a 51-5 in the shot and 151 feet, 3 inches to get the win in the discus.
"I started spinning today," said Sturgeon, who hopes to reach 175 feet in the discus before the season is over.
In the girls' long jump, it was a Floyd Central freshman who dominated, with Makenna Kruer flying out to 16 feet, 8 inches on her second attempt to secure the win. Crandall gave the Lady Pack a second-place finish at 15-2, and Floyd Central's Freiberger was third at 15 feet.
"I'm going for the (state) record, but I don't know if it's going to happen this year," Kruer said. "There's this one girl. Her name is Prommyse Hoosier and she's jumping 20 feet, and I want to get up there with her. I have jumping in my background with my family … My dad, my aunt, my cousins, they were all doing it, so I'm hoping I can meet my goal."
That aunt, Kathe Kruer, is a jumping legend in the West Washington and Patoka Lake Athletic Conference communities. The elder Kruer flew 18 feet, 10 inches in 1989 to win the state championship. The Floyd Central freshman's best jump this year is 17 feet, 4 inches … so far.
"That is my dad's sister," the younger Kruer said. "She is a mentor for me in track. She is phenomenal. She always gives me pointers. So, that's really helpful."
Crawford County's Aimsley Logsdon sprinted to a first-place finish in the girls' 100-meter dash in a time of 14.0 seconds. In the 200 meters, Floyd Central's Bella Barney came away with the win in 28.7 seconds. Barney, who is also a thrower, said running the sprint helps with her speed in the throwing ring.
"I felt like it could have been better, but it was pretty good," Barney said of her 200 meters performance.
Barney threw 33 feet, 6-1/2 inches for a personal best and win in the shot put.
"Right now, my focus is on throwing in the shot and discus a little bit more," she said. "My goal is to be in the 4-by-100 at regionals, maybe state and, hopefully, make it to state in shot this year. A little bit of speed in the ring helps."
The Floyd Central boys swept the distance events, with Hunter Griffin winning the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 36 seconds. Teammate Luke Heinemann easily won the 3,200 and 800 meter runs, covering the 3,200 in 10:25 and the 800 meters in 2:04. Heinemann had run the 800-meter under two minutes earlier this season, but in this race had plenty of breathing room, running eight seconds faster than teammate Ross Ellis, who was second.
"My coach made me run in four events for a workout today," Heinemann said. "So, I was just really trying to win, run faster than 2:05. I went 1:59 at the Jeffersonville Inferno … I looked at my watch and I knew I didn't have much to give, so I was just trying to put it all out there, even though I didn't have much rest for this two-mile."
There was just one runner in the girls' 3,200 meters. That was North Harrison's Alex Shaffer, who also ran during the boys' race. Shaffer covered the distance in 15 minutes, 45 seconds for 10 points the Lady Cats wouldn't have had otherwise.
"There's no other girls, so I don't really have a way to pace myself," Shaffer said. "The guys are obviously faster than the girls, so I get a pace I know I can keep up the whole time, as fast as I can go. Other than that, I can't really do anything because there's no other girls."
Shaffer did manage to stay just ahead of two Crawford County boy runners.
"The Crawford guys, they didn't pass me like the Floyd guys did, but I didn't think I was going to keep up with them," Shaffer, a freshman, said. "My goal was just to not let them pass me, if they didn't. So, I did that … It becomes kind of mindless because everything hurts and it's one foot in front of the other and trying to not let yourself not fall down. But, hey, I got first place for being the only girl."
Girls' team scores: Floyd Central 101, North Harrison 37, Crawford County 22
Girls' individual results: High Jump-Crandall (CC) 5-4, Long Jump-Kruer (FC) 16-8, Pole Vault-Zeineman (FC) 10-6, Shot Put-Barney (FC) 33-6-1/2, Discus-Brents (CC) 90-4, 100-Meter Dash-Logsdon (CC) 14.0, 200-Meter Dash-Barney (FC) 28.7, 400-Meter Dash-Lewellen (FC) 1:05.3, 800-Meter Run-Seymour (FC) 2:43, 1,600-Meter Run-Carey (FC) 6:01, 3,200-Meter Run-Shaffer (NH) 15:45, 100-Meter Hurdles-Enlow (FC) 17:84, 300-Meter Hurdles-Enlow (FC) 53.5, 400-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 51.39, 1,600-Meter-Floyd Central 4:38, 3,200-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 11:12
Boys' team scores: Floyd Central 103, North Harrison 42, Crawford County 22
Boys' individual results: High Jump-Robertson (NH) 5-6, Long Jump-Robertson (NH) 17-8, Shot Put-Sturgeon (FC) 51-5, Discus-Sturgeon (FC) 151-3, Pole Vault-Montomery (FC) 13-6 100-Meter Dash-Dupaky (FC) 12.01, 200-Meter Dash-Dupaky (FC) 24-82, 400-Meter Run-Edwards (FC) 55.96, 800-Meter Run-L. Heinemann (FC) 2:04, 1,600-Meter Run-Griffin (FC) 4:36, 3,200-Meter Run-D. Heinemann (FC) 10:25, 110-Meter High Hurdles-Speck (FC) 19:22, 300-Meter I. Hurdles-Speck (FC) 46.8, 400-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 49.12, 1,600-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 3:51, 3,200-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 8:57