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Corydon Central senior Meghan Bussabarger blazes to an easy win in the 100-meter hurdles at the Harrison County meet. Bussabarger, who is nursing a hamstring injury, also won the high jump. Photos by Wade Bell

Cougars, Lady Panthers win HC meet

May 13, 2009
The North Harrison Cougars took 13 of 16 events to win last Wednesday's Harrison County boys' meet, dominating second-place Corydon Central by 56 points. On the girls' side, however, Corydon topped North Harrison by eight points.

In the girls' field events, South Central won both throwing events while North Harrison's Kacey Cox took the long jump prize and Corydon Central's Meghan Bussabarger won the high jump. For Bussabarger, however, it was a painful day, with the senior Lady Panther having hamstring problems.

"It feels like it's really tight. I can't get it loose," Bussabarger said. "It's definitely a hamstring. I had some problems my sophomore year with it, and it hasn't started up until now. Of all times, it had to start right now two weeks before sectional."

North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne, left, and South Central’s Rachel Pease owned the distance events, as each won the 1,600-, 800- and 3,200-meter runs.
Bussabarger won the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, then helped her team win the 400-meter relay. After winning at five feet in the high jump, she stopped so she wouldn't injure the leg further.

"I don't usually do that," she said. "I quit at 5-2 at North Harrison just from the fact that I'm saving my leg as much as I can for sectional, because I want to go to state again. That would be great, and I want to revive myself from last year."

The distance events — 1,600, 800 and 3,200 meters — belonged to North Harrison's Tyler Byrne and South Central's Rachel Pease. Byrne found himself chased by Corydon Central's Harrison Mann for three laps of the 1,600 meters until Byrne pulled away on the final lap.

"A lot of it, I just work on hitting my times and can get where I want to be," Byrne said. "It's always helpful to have somebody there pushing you. It brings the best out in you. My times have been doing good so far and, hopefully, I can shave a few seconds off before regional and everything gets here."

"It was fun," Pease said. "In the mile, I felt pretty good, and the 800 was a little hard. I'm not really a fast-paced runner. The two mile was pretty good. I started off slow. (Coming back off 800) was a pretty hard part. That's what I train for."

Pease is running in the footsteps of her older sister, Sara, who runs track and cross country for Indiana University. The younger Pease, a freshman who also wants to run at IU, said she constantly keeps in contact with her big sis for tips on how to prepare for a certain race. Sara is currently just four seconds shy of qualifying for the USA track team in the 3,000-meter steeple chase.

"Of course, I want to be like her," the younger Pease said. "I want to run for Indiana, and I'm just trying to go off what she does. I want to be as good as her and just try to train off of what she tells me."

North Harrison's Jarod Richards finished first in the high jump and 110-meter high hurdles. He got some help in the latter when Corydon Central's Ryan Eichmiller false started for a disqualification.

"(Eichmiller's) a great hurdler," Richards said. "I felt bad for him scratching out of the 110's. He's really got it down. He's really improved a lot over this past season. He's great to run against. He really pushes me, and when I run against him, I get my times lower."

Eichmiller, however, came back to win the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and earn a second-place spot in the 200-meter dash.

"I got DQed in the 110's, and I felt with three more races, just run them as hard as I could," he said. "I ran that last 300 in a decent time, and I was real happy with it. … (The false start) didn't play into it too much with me because I've just got to get into a mental state that it's a new race, start with a clean slate every time."

North Harrison freshman Tori Moberly blew away the field with a three-second win in the 400-meter dash. She already has her sights set on a time that will get her to the girls' regional in Bedford.

"I tried to get a better time because I'm usually like 1:07, 1:06," Moberly said. "I got a 1:05 today. I want to be about a 1:03, 1:02. I know the girls up there run about 1:02, something like that. That's what I want to get to."

One thing helping Moberly is her long stride, something that's needed for a good 400 run.

"I haven't really practiced it a lot," she said. "We've worked a lot on my 400's and trying to get me to do longer distance so I can get ready for my 400."

"Tori is really good and a hard worker," North Harrison girls' coach Tracy Kerns said. "I think eventually her best race will be the 800. She ran a 2:35 in the 3,200 relay on Tuesday. She hasn't really pushed herself in it before. I told her this year we will concentrate on the 400 and then next year we will bump her up to the 800. She would be my best at everything from the 400 to 3,200."

For South Central's Shelby Miller, the meet was another step in getting back in shape following a serious hip injury. With Bussabarger sitting out the 300 hurdles, Miller took the event in 53.2 seconds.

"I'm a little out of shape because I just came back from a hip injury and a second-degree strain in my hip flexor. Yesterday was probably my hardest practice in like a week and a half. I'm just dead," Miller said.

"I'm going to have to start running on my own after practices and pushing it really hard in practice," she said. "It's going to be hard. It wasn't like this last year."

The track sectionals begin May 19.

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Girls' Scores - Corydon 83, North Harrison 75, South Central 56, Lanesville 15

Girls' Results - 3,200-Meter Relay-Corydon 10:42, Shot Put-Day (SC) 35-0, 100-Meter Hurdles-Bussabarger (C) 15.5, High Jump-Bussabarger (C) 5-0, 100-Meter Dash-Tones (C), 13.2, 1,600-Meter Run-Pease (SC), 400-Meter Relay-Corydon 54.3, Discus-Day (SC) 91-1/2, 400-Meter Dash-Moberly (NH) 1:05, 300-Meter Hurdles-Miller (SC), Long Jump-Cox (NH) 15-1/4, 800-Meter Run-Pease (SC) 2:37.8, 200-Meter Dash-Giles (NH) 27.9, 3,200-Meter Run-Pease (SC) 12:59, 1,600-Meter Relay-Corydon 4:32

Boys' Scores - North Harrison 129, Corydon 73, South Central 26, Lanesville 16

Boys' Results - 3,200-Meter Relay-North Harrison 8:38, 110-Meter H. Hurdles-Richards (NH) 17.1, Long Jump-Robb (NH) 18-9, Pole Vault-Rathgeber (NH) 10-0, 100-Meter Dash-Powell (NH) 11.73, 1,600-Meter Run-Byrne (H) 4:32, 400-Meter Relay-Corydon 47.16, Shot Put-Austin (NH) 50-1/2, Discus-Austin (NH) 149-7-1/2, 400-Meter Dash-Priddy (C) 53.6, 300-Meter I. Hurdles-Eichmiller (C) 41.52, 800-Meter Run-Byrne (NH) 2:02.2, 200-Meter Dash-Powell (NH) 24.3, 3,200-Meter Run-Byrne (NH) 10:38, 1,600-Meter Relay-North Harrison 3:41, High Jump-Richards (NH) 6-2

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