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Cougars take wet NH Invite


Five county athletes take meet honors


May 06, 2009
The North Harrison High School boys' track and field team survived a soggy Friday night to wrap up the North Harrison Invitational crown despite a handful of events being canceled.

The meet ended at about 11 p.m. with the Cougars topping out at 107 points. Paoli placed second with 67, followed by Brownstown Central's 50. Corydon Central was seventh with 31 points, and South Central was 10th with 10 points.

North Harrison's Alan Austin and Tyler Byrne were named Most Outstanding Athletes in the field and track events, respectively.

Austin out-threw competitors in the shot put and discus events. In the shot, his best distance of 49-9 earned him first place. In the discus, his throw of 157-1 was tops among competitors.

On the track, Tyler Byrne won three individual events. He placed first in the 800-meter run (2:00), the 1,600 (4:20) and the 3,200 (10:00). Teammate Johnnie Guy was third in the 3,200 with a time of 10:35.

Jarod Richards also scored a first-place finish for North Harrison, winning the high jump at 5-10. South Central's Chris O'Connor finished second with a jump of 5-8.

The Cougars also scored a win in the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:25.7.

Corydon Central's Ryan Eichmiller scored a pair of wins for the Panthers by sweeping the hurdle events. Eichmiller won the 110 hurdles in 15.53 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 41.84 seconds. In the 300 hurdles, Richards finished third for the Cougars.

Brownstown Central won the girls' side of the meet with a team score of 106. Corydon Central finished second with 58 points, followed by Salem with 51. North Harrison was fifth with 45 points, and South Central tied for sixth with 40.

Corydon Central finished first in three events, all won by Meghan Bussabarger. She swept the hurdle events, winning the 100 hurdles in 17.04 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 50.28 seconds. Bussabarger also took the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.

Bussabarger shared the Most Outstanding track award with South Central's Rachel Pease. Pease won two events, the 1,600 (5:38.7) and the 800 (2:40.7).

Pease's teammate, Abby Day, was named Most Outstanding performer in field events. She placed first in the discus with a top throw of 91-10. In the shot put, she was second with a distance of 32-9.5.

Corydon Central's Heidi Zimmerman was second in the discus with a throw of 88-8. North Harrison's Amanda Hartley was third in the shot put with a distance of 30.4.

The girls' Mid-Southern Conference Meet will be Tuesday at Eastern. The Southern Athletic Conference Meet will be the same day at Borden.

Boys' Team Results – 1. North Harrison 107, 2. Paoli 67, 3. Brownstown Central 50, 4. Clarksville 42, 5t. Salem 39, 5t. Silver Creek 39, 7. Corydon Central 31, 8t. Providence 20, 8t. West Washington 20, 10. South Central 10, 11t. Eastern 2, 11t. Crawford County 2.

Girls' Team Results – 1. Brownstown Central 106, 2. Corydon Central 58, 3. Salem 51, 4. Eastern 49, 5. North Harrison 45, 6t. Providence 40, 6t. South Central 40, 8. Silver Creek 28, 9. Paoli 9, 10. Crawford County 1, 11t. Clarksville NTS, 11t. West Washington NTS.

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