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Floyd Centralís Megan Jones, center, outleans Madisonís Molly Stolls, right, to win the 400-meter dash by just 0.05 second at the Bloomington South Regional last Tuesday. Jones will take an undefeated record into this weekendís state final. Photos by Wade Bell

Jones wins twice at Bloomington

Keehn pushes Floyd 3,200 relay team to state

June 02, 2010
Floyd Central's Meghan Jones won two events at the girls' track regional at Bloomington North last Tuesday afternoon. She isn't the only Lady Highlander to move on to state, however, as the school's 3,200-meter relay team, after finishing third, also will advance.

"It was just an all-around good day for Floyd Central's track," coach Kyle Weigleb said of his Lady Highlanders, who as a team finished in a fifth-place tie with rival Jeffersonville.

The Lady Highlander 3,200-meter relay team was the first to make the cut to the state final. Kaitlyn Heine ran the first leg and Alyssa Moore took the second. Marissa Samons was supposed to run the third leg, but she gave up her spot to Hannah Watkins due to still recovering from an injury.

Floyd Centralís Hannah Keehn, left, passes a Brown County runner in the 3,200-meter relay for the third spot and a trip to this weekendís state final at the Indiana University track at Bloomington.
Hannah Keehn was running anchor and took the baton from Watkins several yards back in fourth place. In one lap, Keehn made up the distance and passed the third-place Brown County runner with 400 meters to go. She held on to that spot, finishing in a time of 10 minutes, 5.63 seconds.

"My team scared the crap out of me," Keehn said. "They made it so close. I didn't know if I was going to be able to get her or not. My coach thinks I've got a special gear, so I told myself I believed I could get her. I didn't know what place we were in, but I have to admit I was really scared they were going to come right back to me because I have a problem running my first lap way too fast."

Keehn said it helped being able to see the Brown County runner directly in front of her, giving her something to push toward.

"If she had been 20 meters ahead of me, it would have just killed me mentally," Keehn said. "It was good that she was right there. If she wasn't, I don't know. I freak myself out really easily, so it's really good she was right there."

"Coach told us at the beginning of the year it would happen, and we were like, 'Yeah, sure,' " she said. "To be honest, I only about 50 percent believed it. To get there, I hate to say it, but I had no idea we'd get there."

"We had a really, really strong 4x800 with a (personal record) of 12 or 12 seconds (off the old record)," Weigleb said. "They're really working hard. Coach (Carl) Hook is doing a really good job with the distance girls."

Jones got her first ticket to the state finals in the 400-meter dash. Although she went into the race unbeaten, she had her closest race of the year, just barely outleaning Madison's Mandy Stoll to win by 0.05 second. Jones finished in a time of 59.12 seconds, and Stoll finished at 59.17 seconds.

"I had no idea she was there," Jones said. "I was thinking, 'Oh my goodness.' If I hadn't leaned, I think she would have got it. That was cool, though. I thought the girl in lane three, I thought that was it. Then, out of nowhere, (Stoll) was right there."

It was Jones' first finish of the year under one minute.

"I haven't had that all year," she said. "That's the first time I've had somebody right there to finish with me. Ö My parents were here. My grandmother was here from Florida. That was the first time she's seen me run."

Jones also won the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches just minutes after her 400-meter run.

"I'm undefeated in the high jump and 400 right now," she said. "I'm already thinking about (state). It's after school gets out, so I can do all my finals and get all that stuff out of the way and just have state on my mind."

In other events, North Harrison finished 16th (12:05.9) in the 3,200-meter relay. In the 100-meter hurdles, North Harrison's Mallory Allgeier was sixth (17.04) with Floyd Central' Nikki Roberts right behind in seventh (17.24). Allgeier also finished a spot ahead of Roberts (50.74) in the 300-meter hurdles with a sixth-place finish (50.07), and her teammate, Megan Naegele, was 15th (55.37). Jones just missed a state spot in the 200 meters, finishing fourth (27.25).

In the 1,600-meter run, South Central's Rachel Pease had to settle for fourth (5:33.07) with Floyd Central's Kaitlin Hein farther back in 13th (6:19.65). Floyd Central finished ninth (53.24) in the 400-meter relay with North Harrison 13th (54.42). Pease also scored in the 800-meter run with a sixth-place finish (2:32.87). Keeln was 10th in the event (2:36.48), and Moore was 12th (2:39.61). In the 1,600-meter relay, Corydon Central finished 13th (4:29.90) and Floyd Central was 14th (4:30.32).

In the field events, Moore finished 15th (4-10) in the high jump. North Harrison's Emily Giles scored in the long jump with an eighth-place finish (15-5). In the discus, Floyd Central Laura Der was sixth (109-0), South Central's Abby Day seventh (108-4), North Harrison's Amanda Hartley eighth (106-5) and Lanesville's Sarah Hausz 12th (100-4). Day scored in the shot put, finishing eighth (35-0-1/2), and Hartley was right behind in ninth (34-10-1/2). In the pole vault, Floyd Central's Brittany Helmer missed a spot at the state finals, finishing fourth (9-0). Teammate Sarah Schraffenberger finished in a three-way tie for eighth (8-0). Corydon Central's Molly Pitts was 14th (7-0), while Brittany Wright registered no height.

Team Scores - Bloomington South 87, Bloomington North 74.6, Martinsville 52, Madison 51, Jeffersonville 43.33, Floyd Central 43.33, Seymour 31.5, Mooresville 22, Edgewood 19.5, New Albany 18.6, Brownstown 17.6, Brown County 17, Salem 17, Bedford-NL 13, Bloomfield 12, Eastern Pekin 11, South Central 11, Silver Creek 11, Trinity Luthern 10, Charlestown 9, North Harrison 8, Mitchell 6, Owen Valley 4, Scottsburg 4, Monrovia 4, Borden 3, Providence 2.6 New Washington 1.6, Springs Valley 1, Austin 0.33

Individual Results (Top Three to State) - 3,200-Meter Relay-1. Bloomington South 9:54.08, 2. Bloomington North 9:56.85, 3. Floyd Central 10:05.63; 100-Meter Dash-1. Shanice Gholson (Jeff) 12.29, 2. Mandy Stoll (Mad) 13.20, 3. Cora Carter (Slm) 13.28; 100-Meter Hurdles-1. Amanda Swenson (BN) 15.29, 2. Emma Miller (BS) 15.64, 3. Jessica Maggio (BC) 16.37; 200-Meter Dash-1. Shanice Gholson (Jeff) 25.97, 2. Laura Thomas (BN) 26.95, 3. Lauren Bradley (BS) 27.16; 1,600-Meter Run-1. Taylor Royalty (TL) 5:15.53, 2. Anna Voscuil (BS) 5:15.74, 3. Nicole Lucas (BS) 5:15.92; 400-Meter Relay-1. Jeffersonville 49.79, 2. Martinsville 50.59, 3. New Albany 51.18; 400-Meter Dash-1. Meghan Jones (FC) 59.12, 2. Mandy Stoll (Mad) 59.17, 3. Elyse Weddle (Blmfld) 59.6; 300-Meter Hurdles-1. Natalie Owens (Mad) 46.68, 2. Danielle Hays (Mart) 46.87, 3. Mandy Fisher (Mrsvl) 47.3; 800-Meter Run-1. Caitlin McCoy (BN) 2:19.6, 2. Ashley Krulik (Mart) 2:21.97, 3. Julie Riggins (Blmfld) 2:23.37; 3,200-Meter Run-1. Erika Wilson (EP) 11.17.66, 2. Christine Sparks (BN) 11:30.45, 3. Nicole Lucas (BS)11:37.86; 1,600-Meter Relay-1. Martinsville 4:09.49, 2. Seymour 4:12.92, 3. Brown County 4:13.1; High Jump-1. Meghan Jones (FC) 5-2, 2. Makayla Marksberry (JC) J5-2, 3. Allison Trevitchick (Mtchl) 5-0; Long Jump-1. Sydney Race (Mart) 16-3-1/2, 2. Marie Wehmiller (Brntn) 16-3, 3. Christina Moravee (Sey) 16-2-3/4; Discus-1. Michaela Hull (BS) 125-7, 2. Victoria Ison (BN) 123-4, 3. Tierney Mull (Jeff) 122-9; Shot Put-1. Lucy Lowry (JC) 38-5-1/2, 2. Olivia Hess (Mart) 37-9, 3. Kelsey Weddle (Egwd) 36-10-1/2; Pole Vault-1. Hannah Ciasto-Poor (BS) 10-6, 2. Molly Voyles (SlCk) 9-6, 3. Rachel Lee (BN) 9-6

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