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Floyd Central’s Nikki Roberts, left, leans forward at the last second to get a win in the 100-meter hurdles as Crawford County’s Tessa Broughton, right, glances over from second place. Photos by Wade Bell

Floyd runners sweep Crawford, NH

April 28, 2010
The Floyd Central Highlander and Lady Highlander track teams continued to make progress last Tuesday as they swept North Harrison and Crawford County in a three-way meet on their new track. The win kept the Lady Highlanders undefeated as a team as they move toward the post-season.

The highlight of the meet came early for the Lady Highlanders as senior Megan Jones set a personal mark in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches. That jump, which bettered her previous best by an inch, came about with a little trickery on the part of coach Kyle Weigleb after Jones cleared the bar at 5-3.

North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne easily wins both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters last Tuesday.
"He told me it was at 5-4, but it was really at 5-5," Jones said. "I was like, 'No way.' It felt awesome."

"Five-four is a mental block for me," she said. "I'm like, I get there, and this is always where I miss it. I got (5-3) on my first attempt, and that felt really good, too. I went right over. Then, he bumps it up and I asked if it's 5-4 and he kind of directed his eye contact away from me and just nonchalantly said, 'Yeah.' I was like, 'Something's not right here.' He's not telling the truth or he's just nervous or I don't know.' After I jumped, he came over and said, 'Look at this,' and I went over and looked at the standards, and it was at 5-5."

"I'm really happy right now," Jones said. "I'm very ready to go to keep going. … I've got to get 5-6 now. That's my new goal."

In the girls' 100-meter hurdles, Floyd Central senior Nikki Roberts gave the Lady Highlanders a win with a time of 16.6 seconds. That didn't come without a challenge, however, as Crawford County junior Tessa Broughton was just a half-step behind.

"I didn't feel too good about it," Roberts said. "I've been getting hurt the last couple of weeks, and one thing leads to another. I've got my ankle, my calf, and my back is taped. I'm having problems around here."

"This week is just a recovery week," she said. "My leg is swollen. I actually had to fight for that race which I'm not really used to. She was right there with me until the second to last hurdle. I was getting kind of scared."

"She's the only one to beat me this year, besides at Mitchell and Paoli, where I threw out my knee," Broughton said. "I knew staying with her would put me up. I'm wanting to go to regional. Today I got 16.6, so I'm shooting for 16.0 or 16.4."

Roberts is hoping to break 16 seconds and earn a spot for the state meet.

"I'm still in like 16.5 and I'd like to get to 15.9," she said. "I think I can get it by state time. (More competition) might push me a little bit more. At the Stargazer, I had one girl next to me, which isn't that much, but it's better than having nobody."

North Harrison senior Tyler Byrne cruised to easy wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Byrne took it easy with respective times of 4:30 and 9:30. The Cougar senior, who ran a 9:19 3,200 in the Corydon Invitational, is looking to run a 4:07 in the 1,600 meters by the state competition after an earlier 4:13.

"I try to use it like a workout in some ways," Byrne said of the smaller meets. "The goal at the end of the season is always state champ. Hopefully, I'll keep my times a little bit lower in the mile and two-mile and see how far I can get with it. In the mile, maybe 4:07 is kind of a goal. That would be nice. It would always be nice to go a little faster. In the two-mile, hopefully, down around 9-flat maybe, maybe dip under it just a little bit by the end of the season."

North Harrison freshman Ella Robertson also scored a win in the 400-meter dash.

"It was hard, really hard," said Robertson, who covered her lap in 1:09.9. "The last 200 was the hardest."

Robertson said her first high school meets have been a mix of learning and just running.

"Kind of in between," she said. "In the end, I just kind of run."

North Harrison's Pete Book led most of the boys' 800-meter run. Teammate Ryan Foster, however, kicked into an extra gear in the last 75 meters to pass Book at the line.

"He paced me all the way to the end, and then I sprinted pretty good," Foster said, adding that competition among teammates is always a good thing.

"We do a lot," he said. "We practice together, and we're switching spots all the time. It helps a lot. It pushes you and you know your teammates are pushing you so you can get a win. … It helps us to be a team, to know each other and to know our paces."

Floyd Central sophomore Kyle Bramble had to shake off a push from four other competitors to win the 200-meter dash. Bramble, a running back on the football team who is running track for the first time, said he didn't expect the race to be so tight at the end.

"They were right on me," he said. "I wasn't expecting that. This is my first year running this, so it's pretty good for a sophomore. Hopefully, by my senior year, it's a lot better."

Bramble covered the 200 meters in a time of 23.5 seconds and hopes to cut that down by a full second and earn a regional spot. He said football and track give to each sport.

"Football season helps a lot with conditioning," he said. "They both help each other. This helps you to get ready for football season and football helps you get ready for this. They both help you to get ready for each other. The best part of the race is where you get to push it your hardest."

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Boys' scores - Floyd Central 87, North Harrison 72, Crawford County 13

Boys' results - High Jump-Richards (NH) 5-10, Long Jump-Robb (NH) 18-5, Pole Vault-Kelly (FC) 11-6, Shot Put-Gibson (FC) 39-2-1/2, Discus-Hamsley (FC) 129-8, 100-Meter Dash-Slavens (FC) 11.1, 110-Meter H. Hurdles-Wagner (FC) 16.14, 1,600-Meter Run-Byrne (NH) 4:30, 400-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 45.3, 400-Meter Dash-Slavens (FC) 51.0, 300-Meter I. Hurdles-Miller (FC) 41.64, 800-Meter Run-Foster (NH) 2:05.9, 200-Meter Dash-Bramble (FC) 23.59, 3,200-Meter Run-Byrne (NH) 9:30, 3,200-Meter Relay-North Harrison 8:48, 1,600-Meter Relay-3:36.3

Girls' scores - Floyd Central 93, North Harrison 64, Crawford County 10

Girls' results - High Jump-Jones 5-5, Long Jump-Giles (NH) 14-9-3/4, Pole Vault-Helmer (FC) 8-6, Shot Put-Hartley (NH) 30-7-1/2, Discus-Hartley (NH) 99-4, 100-Meter Dash-Giles (NH) 13.4, 100-Meter L. Hurdles-Roberts (FC) 16.6, 1,600-Meter Run-Remdeinger (FC) 5:56, 400-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 45.3, 400-Meter Dash-Robertson (NH) 1:09.9, 300-Meter Dash-Algier (NH), 800-Meter Run-Keehn (FC) 2:33, 200-Meter Dash-Giles (NH) 27.6, 3,200-Meter Run-Keehn (FC) 13:55, 3,200-Meter Relay-Floyd Central 11:20, 1,600-Meter Run-North Harrison 4:33

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