May 08, 2019Springs Valley swept the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference track meet Friday night at Perry Central, with the boys edging Perry Central by 10 points, while their girls dominated with an 87-point margin over runner-up Mitchell. Individually, Paoli's Brett Bosley and Crawford County's Gabi Gaines both scored big to earn MVP honors.
Points were spread out in the field events, mostly between Crawford County, Perry Central and Paoli. In the girls' long jump, Paoli's Kacey McBride edged Crawford County's Haylea Crandall by just two inches, with McBride flying 15 feet, 11 inches and Crandall 15-9.
Crawford County junior Gabi Gaines, right, is just ahead of Springs Valley's Mya Miller in the 1,600-meter run. Gaines won all three distance races to earn MVP honors. Photos By Wade Bell
"I'm actually really happy with my long jump today," Crandall said. "I ended up getting a season best."
Crandall came back to win her specialty, the high jump, but struggled with tired legs at the end, clearing 5-2 to get the victory over Springs Valley's Jewel McCormick, who cleared 5 feet.
"I wish I would have had the time to do my drills before," Crandall said of the long jump coming before the high jump. "Unfortunately, it was a little switched up today, and that happens, so I've got to work with it. It's been kind of a disappointing this year."
Crandall said she plans on getting her game back on in next week's sectional.
"Based on this meet and previous meets, I just have to work my butt off, because, (at) sectional, I'm bringing it," she said. "I'm bringing everything I have."
Claire Davis scored big in the throwing events for Perry Central, winning the discus with a distance of 103-1 and the shot put at 35 feet, 4 inches. Teammate Alyssa Hurtado completed a 1-2 sweep for the Lady Commodores, finishing second at 32-3.
In the boys' throwing events, Crawford County's Nick Stroud was the big winner, getting first in both the discus and the shot put. In the discus, Stroud's best throw came on his last one, a non-spinning power throw for 132 feet, 5 inches.
Crawford County senior Nick Stroud punches out a power throw in the discus for 132 feet, 5 inches to win the event at the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference meet. Stroud also won the shot put.
"I've been throwing it out of bounds some of the time, so I came up and I was going to throw a power throw just so I could get to finals," he said. "It ended up being my best throw at 132 (feet), and I've never done that before. The rest of my full throws were like 127, so they weren't as good. My PR is 141. Everybody was having an off night. But 132 as a power throw, that was pretty crazy."
"I was really shocked," he said. "They must have measured that wrong. I think it got in the heads of everyone else, 'Man, a power throw at 132, I can't do that.' Everybody was struggling, Taten (Arnold), the kid from West Washington (Jacob Strange). He's usually throwing in the 130s, but he couldn't get past 129. It was a rough night for some people. It was wet and muddy and miserable and the ring was slick. Not a lot of people like that."
Later, in the shot put, Stroud broke a big barrier, throwing over 50 feet. The Crawford County senior punched out a throw of 50 feet, 9 inches to win by just over six feet over Paoli's Zane Anderson.
"I came in today and I was going to beat that 50 mark," Stroud said. "In practice, I've thrown 50 three times. So, I said to myself, 'I have to come in here and I have to throw 50, and I did, and it was fun out there today.
"Me and coach (Lucas) Stroud all week have been working on technique and everything, and we've been working on my kick. I was going too slow through the ring, so I just got that kick going a little quick and got my hips going around nice and high, and, when it went 50 feet, I was so excited."
Nick Stroud said he wants to carry that momentum into next week's sectional.
"I want to maintain that 50 feet," he said. "People are going to have good throws. I want to get first in sectional. That would be great. There's a kid (Cameron Sturgeon) from Floyd (Central) that threw 51. He had been throwing 47 all night, and he spins and throws a 51. I was like, 'Where did that come from?' I think it will be a battle between me and him. That will be fun."
"He's the quietest kid in the world," Crawford County boys' coach Jeff Balmer said of Stroud. "When he threw 50 feet, 9 inches, he grinned really loudly, and that was it. He just grinned and gave me a high-five, and that was it."
Paoli's Brett Bosley won both the high jump and long jump, clearing the high jump bar at 6 feet, 2 inches and flying 20 feet, 4-1/2 inches in the long jump. Bosley also won the 200-meter dash and was fourth in the 100 meters for a total of 34 points to earn the boys' MVP honor.
In the girls' running events, Springs Valley won the 3,200-meter relay, the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. Kennedy Land won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while senior Caitlyn Reynolds took both hurdles events, winning the 100 meters in 16.02 seconds and the 300 meters in 48.6 seconds.
"It felt pretty good," Reynolds said of her 100-meter hurdles run. "Up until sectional, I've not been getting a lot of competition, and now I'm getting really pushed. It's been a struggle to get some really good times down. Mentally, to push yourself when you're not being challenged, that's really hard. It's been a struggle this year.
"I've run a 15.8 this year, hand-timed, and it's right around what I'm usually running," she said. "I want to get my school record again this year, which is 15.72. I ran it last year at state, and I'm really trying to get that before state so I can run faster."
Reynolds struggled out of the blocks in the 300-meter hurdles and had to play catch-up behind teammate Avy Lewis and West Washington's Hattie Griffitts, before getting the win down the stretch. Reynolds had to be treated for a severe leg cramp after the race.
"I haven't ran them a whole lot," the Springs Valley senior said. "I've been switching back and forth between 22 and 21 steps, so, when it's tighter, my legs are colder. I've been doing, like, 22 steps, so my starts have been off this year. So, I've been trying to get that figured out. I think I took 22 there. I was trying to count, and it was just really bad."
"The West Washington girl, she pushed me at Borden, and I was, like, 'Where did this girl come from?' " Reynolds said. "So, with the mistakes I made, I was, like, 'OK, OK, I can run with her,' and then I passed her at the end. I was chasing her the entire race, so that was awesome. Kudos to her.
"Normally, I try to be the first one to the hurdle, and she was way ahead of me. She was good out of the blocks, so she's doing awesome. I've got some competition I'm not used to this time of year."
Paoli sophomore Caleb VanMeter held off Perry Central Levi Rainbolt in the 400-meter dash, winning in a time of 52.84 seconds, with Rainbolt finishing in 53.47 seconds.
"It was tough," VanMeter said. "I knew there were a lot of guys faster than me, so I stuck with them and gave it my all."
The boys' distance events belonged to three different schools, with Springs Valley's Justin Curtis winning the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.49 and also being on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, with the Blackhawks covering the distance in 9:07.60. Perry Central's Chase James won the 800-meter run in 2:12.74, and Mitchell's Drew Simpson won the 3,200 meters in 10:50.04.
The girls' distance events belonged to Crawford County's Gabi Gaines, with the Crawford County junior sweeping the 1,600 meters (5:57.86), 800 meters (2:42.64) and 3,200 meters (13:39.05).
"I've learned some new breathing exercises where I breathe in deep through my nose and breathe out steadily out of my mouth," she said after her 1,600-meter run. "I've been working on my stride a lot more, but I'm still working on that one."
Gaines had to fend off Springs Valley's Mya Miller most of the race before pulling away at the end. She then had to fight off Springs Valley's Jessalyn Mahan and Fantasy Brown in the 800 meters.
"I knew she (Miller) was going to be right there with me because I've been looking at the times," Gaines said. "It depends on how good you want it and how bad you want it. I'm glad she was there to push me. I feel better having someone to push me instead of me pushing myself."
In the 3,200-meter run, track officials made the last-minute decision to run both the boys and girls together. That made it a little tougher for the girls, who had just finished their 800-meter run. Gaines, however, pushed through the pain to win in a time of 13:35.09, 11 seconds ahead of Springs Valley's Miller.
"I was feeling it on the first mile," the Crawford County junior said. "I was really getting a side stitch, and I felt like I was going to throw up every single lap I took."
Gaines said she would have preferred to have the races run separate in order to have more recovery time after the 800 meters.
"I would have really appreciated that because I barely had time to get rested and stretched back out," she said, "but I like running with the boys because I feel like I can push myself more with the boys until they get too far ahead."
"I was just thinking back to cross country because you don't really get a rest," she said. "You have to jog in 3.1 miles in cross country. So, I think I can do it in track 2-1/2 miles. I just know now I can push myself more and improve a lot more."
Girls' team scores: Springs Valley 162, Mitchell 75, Crawford County 67, Perry Central 64, Paoli 50, Orleans 37, West Washington 10
Girls individual results: 3200 relay - Springs Valley 11:29.84, 100 - Kennedy Land (SV) 12.7; 100 hurdles - Caitlyn Reynolds (SV) 16:02; 1600 - Gabi Gaines (CC) 5:57.86; 400 relay - Springs Valley 51.88; 400 - Bethany Hudson (M) 1:05.02; 300 hurdles - Caitlyn Reynolds (SV) 48.60; 800 Gabi Gaines (CC) 2:42.64; 200 - Kennedy Land (SV) 27.16; 3200 - Gabi Gaines (CC) 13:35.09; 1600 relay - Mitchell 4:25.56; High jump - Haylea Crandall (CC) 5-2; Long jump - Kacey McBride (Pa) 15-11; Shot put - Claire Davis (PC) 35-4, Discus - Claire Davis (PC) 103-1
Boys' team scores: Springs Valley 114, Perry Central 104, Mitchell 88, Paoli 83, Crawford County 29, West Washington 24, Orleans 22
Boys' individual results: 3 200 relay - Springs Valley 9:07.60; 100 - Nate Reynolds (M) 11.33; 110 high hurdles - Jordan Curtis (SV) 16.70; 1600 - Justin Curtis (SV) 4:58.49; 400 relay - Mitchell 46.38; 400 - Caleb VanMeter (Pa) 52.84; 300 intermediate hurdles - Cameraon Rayhill (M) 42.50; 800 - Chase James (PC) 2:12.74; 200 - Brett Bosley (Pa) 23.34; 3200 - Drew Simpson (M) 10:50.04; 1600 relay - Mitchell 3:41.62; High jump - Brett Bosley (Pa) 6-2, Long jump - Brett Bosley (Pa) 20-4-1/2; Shot put - Nick Stroud (CC) 50-9; Discus - Nick Stroud (CC) 132-5