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Johnson, Stewart run to MSC wins


May 15, 2019
Making it three titles in three tries, Corydon Central junior Marcie Stewart used a last-lap move to earn the 1,600-meter run at the Mid-Southern Conference championships last Tuesday.

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North Harrison's Diana Burgher gets over the bar at 5 feet in the high jump. The freshman went on to place second based on jumps. Photo By Brian Smith
It wasn't the lone win for Stewart, who made it back-to-back 3,200 titles, as well, winning rather comfortably in 12 minutes, 55.70 seconds.

The meet's host, Corydon Central tallied 108-1/2 points to close the event as runner-up to Silver Creek's 150. North Harrison placed fifth with 61-1/2.

The Lady Panthers had an additional winner in the running events, with junior Jessie Johnson claiming the 400.

Johnson pushed ahead by the far turn and hurried to the finish line in 1:01.62. She held off Charlestown's Ashley Wight, who was a little more than one second behind.

"I knew I had a chance of winning it when I looked at the times before the race," Johnson said. "I knew I had to get out there quick ... I wanted to break out at the start to beat the stagger then set a good race pace. Then, I give all I have in the final 150-200."

Stewart, meanwhile, had to use some race strategy to take the 1,600. Silver Creek runners Grace Sherrow and Isabel Odle made up a threesome with Stewart as they broke away from the rest of the field. Eventually running off the flank of Sherrow, Stewart made her move prior to the final lap of four for the lead.

Sherrow had one last burst as the pair reached the front stretch for the final time, but Stewart churned over to win by a minute in 5:34.47. North Harrison's Diana Burgher would get up for fourth in the race, going in 5:58.82.

As the sun began to set, Stewart captured the 3,200. Teammate Emily Armstrong put in a good effort, as well, taking fourth in 13:38.34.

Johnson had a busy day, also placing in the high jump, 200 and as part of the 1,600 relay team. In the 200, Corydon Central's Emma Goss took second in 28.20 seconds, while Johnson was third in 28.25. Both were behind Scottsburg's Jaylah Mays.

"I never ran the 200 in a bigger meet until today, so I had to get used to running the trails and finals," Johnson said. "It took a lot out of me. I don't know how, but my 400 time was one of my best of the season. I had a good meet, but I'm definitely tired."

Goss would also compete in the 100, placing third in 13.31.

To complete the individual running events, Armstrong placed third in the 800 in 2:38.72. Corydon Central's Sarah Bailey (2:41.34) was fourth, while North Harrison's Blaine Whittaker (2:41.76) was fifth.

Corydon Central also picked up a runner-up spot in the meet-opening 3,200 relay. The squad of Emma Bailey, Sarah Bailey, Armstrong and Stewart ran in 10:58.19, finishing behind Silver Creek (10:43.07). North Harrison was third. The Lady Panthers were also third in the 1,600 relay (4:33.31).

North Harrison, led by Burgher, had success in field events. The freshman cleared 5 feet to place runner-up in the high jump. Ashley Stephenson of Salem was first. She also cleared 5-0, but won on fewer missed jumps. Johnson was third (4-10) with North Harrison's Skylie Burns fourth (4-10).

At the pole vault, North Harrison's Ellie Robinson was fourth, clearing 8-0, while Corydon Central's Emily Gunther also cleared 8-0, taking fifth.

Goss would pick up a fourth-place finish in the long jump (15-2), while North Harrison's Emma Schneider was fifth in the shot put (31-1).

The Floyd Central Sectional in girls' track took place yesterday (Tuesday), with the top three finishers advancing to the Evansville Central Regional on May 21.

Team scores: 1. Silver Creek 150, 2. Corydon Central 108.5, 3. Brownstown Central 93.5, 4. Scottsburg 80, 5. North Harrison 61.5, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 46, 7. Charlestown 40, 8. Salem 32, 9. Austin 11, 10. Clarksville 0.5

Individual results: 100 1. B. Snodgrass (BC) 12.72, 2. M. Jeter (EP), 3. E. Goss (CC); 200 1. J. Mays (Scot) 27.69, 2. E. Goss (CC), 3. J. Johnson (CC); 400 1. J. Johnson (CC) 1:01.62, 2. A. Wight (Char), 3. A. Dablow (SiCr); 800 1. G. Grady (SiCr) 2:33.80, 2. L. Jefferies (Scot), 3. E. Armstrong (CC); 1600 1. M. Stewart (CC) 5:34.47, 2. G. Sherrow (SiCr), 3. I. Odle (SiCr); 3200 1. M. Stewart (CC) 12:55.70, 2. K. Johnson (BC), 3. I. Odle (SiCr); 100 hurdles 1. R. Grady (SiCr) 16.98, 2. A. Justice (Scot), 3. M. Busick (Scot); 300 hurdles 1. R. Grady (SiCr) 50.37, 2. N. Day (SiCr), 3. E. Gunther (CC); 400 relay 1. Brownstown Central 53.79, 2. Silver Creek, 3. Scottsburg; 1600 relay 1. Scottsburg 4:17.39, 2. Silver Creek, 3. Corydon Central; 3200 relay 1. Silver Creek 10:43.07, 2. Corydon Central, 3. North Harrison; High jump 1. A. Stephenson (Salem) 5-0, 2. D. Burgher (NH), 3. S. Goedeker (Char); Pole vault 1. M. Olesh (EP) 9-6, 2. B. Snodgrass (BC), 3. B. Balmer (SiCr); Long jump 1. M. Jeter (EP) 16-5.5, 2. L. Jefferies (Scot), 3. H. Dudley (SiCr); Shot put 1. A. Schroer (BC) 36-6, 2. L. Messer (SiCr), 3. D. King (Char); Discus 1. L. Crowe (Char) 116-5, 2. L. Messer (SiCr), 3. A. Schroer (BC)

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