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Floyd sweeps damp Stargazer meet


April 09, 2008
The Floyd Central girls' and boys' track teams swept their first big track meets of the season Friday night on a cool and rainy night at the Stargazer meet in Corydon.

Corydon Central had the runner-up spots in both divisions, finishing 50 points back in the girls' division and 19 points behind Floyd's boys. Crawford County was fourth in the girls' division, and North Harrison was third in the boys' division.

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Corydon Central's Ryan Eichmiller, front, noses out North Harrison's Jarod Richards in the 110-meter high hurdles. The pair also finished in the same positions in 300-meter hurdles event. (Photos by Wade Bell)
Corydon got a good start in the field events with Meghan Bussabarger winning the high jump and Kelly Eberly winning the pole vault.

In the first of the running events, Salem's Brooke Davisson got the Lady Lions out in front first, but Floyd Central's Sadie Huth pushed the Lady Highlanders out in front on the second leg. On the third section, however, Crawford's Morgan Kenner set up Floyd's Lauren Smith and made the pass with 200 meters to go. From there, senior Lauren Schaftlein kept Crawford out in front for the win.

"We just had an awful time at Northeast Dubois the other night, but two of our girls were out," Kenner said. "So, we just came into this wanting to get a better time. We knew at Corydon we'd have some competition and we wanted to see how we'd be able to stack up against that after coming back from that kind of time.

"Peanut (Ashley Satterfield) was struggling," she said. "She's been out all winter with an injury, but that's why we're a team. We can make it up for when some people are lacking. Renee (Darland) really stepped it up and got me in a good place to where I was close enough I could see her. I just went for it and I knew if I got Lauren that lead, she's not going to try any less."

Both boys' hurdles events belonged to Corydon's Ryan Eichmiller, who earned wins in both the 110-meter highs and 300-meter intermediates, with North Harrison's Jarod Richards having to settle for second in both events.

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Crawford County seniors Lauren Schaftlein and Morgan Kenner sweep the 800-meter run with a 1-2 finish.
"Having somebody in front of me gives me somebody to really chase after," Richards said. "Once I got passed the second-place person, I felt like I began to start pushing it more. I stopped bounding in between hurdles and getting more speed in between each hurdle."

In the girls' 100-meter hurdles, Corydon junior Meghan Bussabarger broke her own school record with a time of 15.6 seconds.

Floyd's Nikki Roberts could only see Bussabarger's back in the race despite coming out of the blocks like a cannon shot.

"I think it's easier to race when you're competing right next to somebody," Roberts said of chasing Bussabarger. "It gives you more drive to win and to go faster."

"It's just pushing out of the blocks, getting over every hurdle and getting your leg back down on the track just so you can go that much faster," Roberts said. "If there's anybody in front of you, you've just got to go that much faster. You've got to race for your own time."

Schaftlein came back from Crawford's win in the 3,200-meter relay to give the Lady Pack a win in the 1,600-meter run. The race had a slow first two laps, but the Crawford senior then kicked in another gear while being chased by Floyd's Hannah Keehn.

"I knew I had to start pushing it early," the Crawford senior said. "That's what I tried to do, and it ended up working out pretty good."

"That pace at the beginning, it was a slow pace," she said. "I didn't want to be the pacer person, because I haven't run the mile since eighth grade. I didn't have a clue how they usually go about that. At the beginning … I was OK with (the pace), but I knew they were going to be smart picking it up, which they did around the third lap."

North Harrison's Amber Gresham ran to a third-place finish in the event and also finished third in the 3,200-meter run, as well. Gresham said the packing in the first two laps left her with some damaged footware.

"I got a hole in my shoe," she said. "Somebody stepped on me. I figured it would be packed because there was so many people on it. It was nice and compact."

The North Harrison senior said keeping her eye on Schaftlein provided an extra push.

"She always tends to push me harder, so I like to stay with her," Gresham said. "All high school (it's been) me and Lauren. I just wanted to try harder to do my best. I had more left in me. … I'm at about 50 percent. I'm not at the top of my game, right now. I have a long way to go."

In the boys' 1,600-meter event, it was a battle between North Harrison's Tyler Byrne and Providence's Oliver Book. Byrne made a charge in the last 200 meters, but was held off by the Providence junior.

"He got me in the last hundred, but I tried," Byrne said. "I was mostly worried about Oliver, because I thought it would be me and him near the end. I wasn't really worried too much with the other runners. I tried to concentrate staying with him.

"I should have (passed him) before the last turn. I thought I'd try to get inside on him, but I just waited a little too long. I tried to outkick him at the end, but he got me."

In the girls' 800 meters, Schaftlein and Kenner got a chance to do something rarely done by sweeping the event with a 1-2 finish. Floyd's Kelsey Bristol tried to close late, but finished five seconds behind Kenner for third.

"That was pretty good," Schaftlein said. "The times weren't too good, but that was pretty sweet."

"I thanked the Lord we were going to be in the same heat," Kenner said, smiling. "I wanted her, because I knew she pushes me the most. I thought I was going to have her at the end. I tried."

"She definitely gives me a run," Schaftlein said of her teammate.

In other events, Floyd's Becky Kennedy won the girls' 100-meter dash and was second in the 400-meter dash, with teammate Sierra Walsh finishing second in the 200-meter sprint. Floyd also won the 400- and 1,600-meter relay events.

In the boys' division, the Floyd boys' team finished second in the 400-meter relay and second in the 1,600-meter relay, which was won by Corydon

Bussabarger handily won the 300 meter hurdles by nearly two seconds over Floyd's Roberts finished second.

North Harrison's Byrne came back later to get an easy win in the 3,200-meter run over Floyd's Justin Hodge and Will Naville, who finished second and third, respectively.

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Girls' Scores - Floyd Central 127, Corydon 77, Henryville 55, Crawford County 49, Salem 28, North Harrison 24, Providence 16, Eastern 16, South Central 12, Austin 8, Borden 6, Charlestown 6, Lanesville 2, Silver Creek 1

Girls' Results - 100-Meter Dash-1. Becky Kennedy (FC) 13.1, 2. Maggie Gilstrap (Hnryvl) 13.4, 3. Cora Carter (Sa) 13.8; 200-Meter Dash-1. Megan Eve (Prov) 28.5, 2. Sierra Walsh (FC) 28.8, 3. Kiranda Mikel (Bor) 29.2; 400-Meter Dash-1. Maggie Gilstrap (Hnryvl) 1:03.2, 2. Becky Kennedy (FC) 1:04.1, 3. Sarah Frey (Prov) 1:04.8; 800-Meter Run-1. Lauren Schaftlein (CC) 2:41.7, 2. Morgan Kenner (CC) 2:42.4, 3. Kelsey Bristol (FC) 2:47.25; 1,600-Meter Run-1. Lauren Schaftlein (CC) 6:03.4, 2. Hannah Keehn (FC) 6:05.1, 3. Amber Gresham (NH) 6:09.2; 3,200-Meter Run-1. Erika Wilson (E) 12:32, 2. Chelsea Reiduger (FC) 13:11, 3. Amber Gresham (NH) 13:44; 100-Meter Hurdles-1. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 15.6, 2. Nikki Roberts (FC) 17.3, 3. Shelby Miller (SoCent) 17:31; 300-Meter Hurdles-1. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 50.23, 2. Nikki Roberts (FC) 53.53, 3. Shelby Miller (SoCent) 55.47; 400-Meter Relay-1. Floyd Central 56.29, 2. Salem 56.3, 3. Corydon 58.0; 1,600-Meter Relay-1. Floyd Central 4:34, 2. Crawford County 4:44.7, 3. Corydon 4:47.8; 3,200-Meter Relay-1. Crawford County 10:52, 2. Floyd Central 11:05, 3. Salem 11:36.7; High Jump-1. Meghan Bussabarger (Co) 5-3, 2. Becca Hough (A) 5-1, 3. Whitney Thomas (Sa) 4-9; Pole Vault-1. Kelly Eberly (Co) 8-0, 2. Bristol Kelsey (FC) 8-0, 3. Claire Hardsaw (Co) 8-0; Long Jump-1. Maggie Gilstrap (Hnryvl) 16-3, 2. Gretchen Zimmerman (Co) 15-9-1/2, 3. Elizabeth Stephens (Chrlstn) 14-6-1/2

Boys' Scores - Floyd Central 100-1/2, Corydon 81-1/2, North Harrison 65, Charlestown 34, Salem 27, Henryville 25, Austin 22, Providence 20-1/2, Southwestern 16, Christian Academy 12-1/2, Silver Creek 9-1/2, Lanesville 6, Eastern 5, South Central 2, Crawford County 1/2

Boys' Results - 100-Meter Dash-1. Justin Baxtron (Chrlstn) 11.6, 2. Paul Sellers (SW) 11.7, 3. Mat Smith (Hnryvl) 11.71; 200-Meter Dash-1. Justin Baxtron (Chrlstn) 24.0, 2. Casey Priddy (Co) 24.2, 3. Logan Eberle (FC) 24.5; 400-Meter Dash-1. Casey Priddy (Co) 54.6, 2. Christian Horstman (NH) 55.6, 3. Mason Kimmel (FC) 55.9; 800-Meter Run-1. Oliver Book (Prov) 2:06.3, 2. Garrett Blackman (FC) 2:10.6, 3. William Hambley (L) 2:11.77; 1,600-Meter Run-1. Oliver Book (Prov) 4:37.1, 2. Tyler Byrne (NH) 4:38, 3. Will Naville (FC) 4:50; 3,200-Meter Run-1. Tyler Byrne (NH) 10:10, 2. Justin Hodge (FC) 10:18.3, 3. Will Naville (FC) 10:29; 110-Meter H. Hurdles-1. Ryan Eichmiller (Co) 16.3, 2. Jarod Richards (NH) 17.0, 3. Chris Rios (Hnryvl) 17.7; 300-Meter I. Hurdles-1. Ryan Eichmiller (Co) 42.95, 2. Jarod Richards (NH) 43.53, 3. Brock Slavens (FC) 44.89; 400-Meter Relay-1. Charlestown 46.52, 2. Floyd Central 47.4, 3. Henryville 48.5; 1,600-Meter Relay-1. Corydon 3:46.2, 2. Floyd Central 3:47.6, 3. North Harrison 3:51.3; 3,200-Meter Relay-1. Floyd Central 8:46.9, 2. Silver Creek 9:03.1, 3. North Harrison 9:16; High Jump-1. Austin Hummer (CA) 6-0, 2. Chad Conrad (Co) 6-0, 3. Ben Leatherby (Sa) 5-9; Pole Vault-1. Jake Sebastion (A) 12-6, 2. Thomas Snider (Sa) 12-0, 3. Vlad Bursuc (FC) 10-0; Long Jump-1. Sean Ettinger (Co) 19-3-1/2, 2. Paul Sellers (SW) 19-0, 3. Ben Leatherby (Sa) 18-8-1/2

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