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North Harrison’s Emily Giles, above center, not only won the 100-meter dash, above, but also the long jump and 200-meter dash and anchored the Lady Cats’ 400-meter relay team to a win to earn the senior Most Valuable Female Track Athlete for Friday’s Stargazer meet. Photos by Wade Bell

Cougars, Corydon girls take Stargazer

April 11, 2012
The annual Stargazer track meet at Corydon Central High School brought out the stars, and the North Harrison Cougars and Corydon Central Lady Panthers brought out their best as they won their respective team categories Friday night. The Lady Panthers earned a 19-point win over runner-up North Harrison, while the Cougars won over the Panthers, 110-90.

In the field events, the big points were spread around in the girls' division. North Harrison's Emily Giles won the long jump at 15 feet, 7-1/2 inches, while Corydon Central's Danielle Uesseler won the high jump at 4-10. Floyd Central's Rachel Kavagazoff won the girls' pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches. In the throwing events, Charlestown's Megan Brooks won the discus with a distance of 103 feet, 3 inches, and Silver Creek's Emily took top honors in the shot put with a distance of 32 feet, 7 inches.

The points were also spread around in the boys' field events. Salem won two, with Cameron Grigsby taking the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches and Landon Winslow won the pole vault at 12 feet. South Central's Collin Kendal won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 11 inches, and Lanesville's Justin Dalhoff threw the shot 44 feet, 8-1/2 inches for the win. Crawford County's Johnny Schwartz came up a foot short of a school record in the discus with a throw of 147 feet to get the win.

Crawford County’s Travis Banet, front, and Salem’s Jared Blevins fly neck and neck over one of the final hurdles in the 110-meter highs. Blevins won the race by a lean.
"It was quite crazy," Schwartz said. "It was pretty well close to perfect. I did my throw before that, and I went to my coach and he gave me some advice, and my last one he said, 'Just give this one all you've got.' I just threw it out there. It felt right."

The Crawford County junior said he believes he can break the 150-foot barrier.

"I've got that in me," he said. "I just want to get as much as I can, 150 and beyond. That's what I want to get right now and just keep on getting better as the days go on."

In the first of the running events, Silver Creek bettered North Harrison to win the girls' 3,200-meter relay, while, in the boys' race, senior Jonathon Reynolds gave the Cougars the lead on the second leg, allowing North Harrison to win the event in a time of 8:24.34 with Silver Creek in second (8:48.15).

"Curtis (Wetzel) ran a really good (first) leg today," Reynolds said. "He PRed today. He ran a really good time. So, he did good for that, and then I just know my job was to get the lead. We didn't have anything to worry about. I knew as soon as I got the lead, our next two legs could stay with any other two legs. It was confidence in the team."

In the 110-meter high hurdles, Crawford County's Travis Banet battled with a much taller Jared Blevins of Salem over every hurdle. The finish came down to who could lean the farthest, and that ended up being Blevins.

"Almost got him," Banet said. "I had a good start. I just got a little tuckered out about that fourth or fifth hurdle. I went back to four-stepping instead of three-stepping. After that, he caught up on me. I'd take another six inches if I could get it, but I have to work with what I've got."

The girls' 100-meter hurdles event came down to three runners who were in a near dead heat at the end. When it was made official, Corydon Central sophomore Olivia Lawson was declared the winner in a time of 17.31 seconds with Austin's Jasmine Lovins second at 17.32 and Floyd Central's Kim Foster third at 17.7.

"I think the other girls three-stepped and I was four-stepping," a smiling Lawson said after the win. "I was running really hard. … I feel better than I did last year, but I feel I'm improving now. I kind of had a slow start."

North Harrison's Emily Giles had a big night as she won four events. The first came in the 100-meter dash where the Lady Cats senior won in a time of 13.21 seconds. Giles won the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 7-1/2 inches and the 200-meter dash in 27.88 seconds. The senior also anchored the North Harrison 400-meter relay team to a win in a time of 53.79 seconds.

"I'm feeling good," Giles said with a smile, adding there are areas to improve so she can run better. "I need to work on my blocks, because I have to catch up. Sometimes I stand up out of the blocks, but sometimes I don't. Sometimes I have good days where I'll push out. I guess I stood up on that one, but I still took care of it."

The first five places of the boys' 100-meter dash were separated by just 0.2 second. It appeared that Corydon Central's Lucas Windell got the win, but, after viewing the electronic timer, it was determined that teammate Austin Bray (11.81) edged him. North Harrison's Jacob Cundiff (11.97) was third with Salem's Terry Wigley (11.98) fourth and Crawford County's Seth Morgenstern (12.01) fifth. Windell said the main goal was to get the Panthers the top two spots.

"I told Austin, 'One of us has to get this one. I don't care who it is. We just need some points,' " Windell said.

The girls' 1,600-meter run began with North Harrison's Ashton Bosler, South Central's Rachel Pease and Silver Creek's Rachel Clemons battling for domination through the first two laps. At that point, Bosler and Pease pulled away, and on the last lap Bosler kicked to win in a time of 5:11.98 with Pease second (5:36.7).

"I didn't have a plan," Bosler said. "Once the gun shot, I just took off. My body just took me. Usually, once I'm up there, it's just all in your head. I could hear some 'Ashtons' and I could hear some 'Rachels'. I didn't know how far, but I knew I was pulling away little by little. I couldn't hear her footsteps anymore."

North Harrison's Johnnie Guy and Reynolds battled with Austin's Jeremy Johnson through the first three laps of the boys' 1,600 meters. Guy pulled away in the end to win in a personal best time of 4:25.76 with Reynolds second (4:28.71), Johnson third (4:32:05) and Corydon Central's Levi Johnson fourth (4:32.11).

"We kind of picked it up the third lap," Guy said. "With 800 to go, Jonathon made a move, and I felt I had to get around him. So, I went around him and I just tried to push in all the way. I knew I gained some ground on Jonathon. I knew he was going to catch me at the last minute, but I kicked it as hard as I could the last 200."

Pease later came back to give the Lady Rebels a win in the girls' 800 meters. She finished three seconds ahead of North Harrison's Haley Elliott (2:40.38) with a time of 2:36.99. Corydon Central's Brianna Norris was third (2:49).

In the boys' 800 meters, North Harrison's Reynolds and Crawford County's Chase Broughton battled for the top spot through the first lap. On the final circuit, Reynolds was finally able to pull away to win in 2:04.15 with Broughton second in 2:05.93.

"I knew he was going to be right there to do it because he's real driven and his training is going well right now," Reynolds said. "He ran a really good race for that second place. My strongest is the kick, and I'm even better if I use the whole last lap to kick."

"He's really good," Broughton said of Reynolds. "He was second at sectional last year, so I'm happy being right behind him. I knew I'd have to beat him if I wanted to win. I gave it all I had, so I'm happy with second place. I've been working hard because I want to break that school record of 1:59.7. I think Jonathon will help me do that, having him push ahead of me."

Alex Boling gave the Floyd Central Highlanders their only win of the night with a first place in the boys' 200-meter dash. Boling bettered Corydon Central's Marcus Jones with a time of 24.27 seconds with North Harrison's Cundiff third (24.40) and Corydon Central's Bray fourth (24.86).

"Before this race, I started losing my form in the last hundred," Boling said. "My coach gave me a little talk on how to keep it tighter and more composed. I tried that, and it helped a lot. Usually, I'm first down in the curve and then I'd lose in the straight. So, I kept it through the whole time."

For a while, it looked like Silver Creek's Rachel Clemons was going to run away to win the girls' 3,200 meters as she pulled away from North Harrison's Bosler to lead by a full straight-away by lap six of eight. On the final lap, however, Bosler found another gear and some extra wind. She still finished second but just two seconds behind at 12:20.01.

"I got it in my head that she was fading so I have to go," Bosler said. "I should have never let myself get that far behind. It's discouraging when you see somebody that far ahead of you. I really had no clue who my competition would be here and who would be that far ahead of me. I had my sights on her the whole race, but only my head was focused the last two laps or so. I need to pick it up in the beginning if I have that much left."

Johnnie Guy gave the Cougars another win in the boys' 3,200 meters with a time of 9:44.68. On the last lap, Corydon Central's Levi Taylor pushed by Austin's Jeremy Johnson and North Harrison's Josh Guy to take second in a time of 9:55.34.

Girls' Scores — Corydon Central 106, North Harrison 87, Floyd Central 61, Silver Creek 59, Charlestown 51, Eastern (Pekin) 46, Crawford County 30, South Central 25, Austin 11, Rock Creek 10, Lanesville 6, Christian Academy of Indiana 3

Girls' Results — 100-meter dash-Emily Giles (NH), 13.21; 200-meter dash-Emily Giles (NH) 27.88; 400-meter dash-Jessica Farmer (Chrlstn), 1:02.59; 800-meter run-Rachel Pease (SoCent) 2:36.99' 1,600-meter run-Ashton Bosler (NH), 5:31.98; 3,200-meter run-Rachel Clemons (SilCk), 12:18.67; 100-meter hurdles-Olivia Lawson (Co) 17:31; 300-meter hurdles-Jordan Dagenhart (Co) 52.05; 400-meter relay-North Harrison 53.79; 1,600-meter relay-Eastern (Pekin) 4:36.07; 3,200-meter relay-Silver Creek, 10:51.22; High jump-Danielle Uesseler (Co), 4-10; Pole vault-Rachel Kavagazoff (FC), 10-6; Long jump-Emily Giles (NH), 15-7-1/2; Shot put-Emily Christman (SilCk), 32-7; Discus-Megan Brooks (Chrlstn), 103-3

Boys' Scores — North Harrison 110, Corydon Central 90, Salem 72, Crawford County 48, Eastern (Pekin) 40, Austin 34, Silver Creek 33, South Central 30, Lanesville 11, Christian Academy of Indiana 2, Charlestown 2

Boys' Results — 100-meter dash-Austin Bray (Co), 11.81; 200-meter dash-Alex Bowling (FC), 24.27; 400-meter dash-Kyle Chesser (NH), 53.87; 800-meter run-Jonathon Reynolds (NH), 2:04.15; 1,600-meter run-Johnnie Guy (NH), 4:25.76; 3,200-meter run-Johnnie Guy (NH), 9:44.68; 110-meter high hurdles-Jared Blevins (Sa), 16.76; 300-meter intermediate hurdles-Cameron Grigsby (Sa), 43.64; 400-meter relay-Corydon Central 47.23; 1,600-meter relay-Corydon Central 3:40.50; 3,200-meter relay-North Harrison 8:28.34; High jump-Cameron Grigsby (Sa), 6-6; Pole vault-Landon Winslow (Sa), 12-0; Long jump-Collin Kendal (SoCent), 18-11; Shot put-Justin Dalhoff (Lnsvl), 44-8-1/2; Discus-Johnny Schwartz (CC), 147-0

Outstanding Athletes — Girls' Field-Emily Christman (SilCk); Girls' Track-Emily Giles (NH); Boys' Field-Patrick Fonda (NH); Boys' Track-Johnnie Guy (NH)

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