Panthers, Evansville North win Stargazer
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer
The Evansville North Lady Huskies and the Corydon Central Panthers scored big in the annual Stargazer invitational track meet Friday evening at Corydon Central High School with the Lady Huskies winning by a 16.5-point margin over the runner-up Lady Panthers and the Corydon Central boys’ team winning by 16.5 points over runner-up Evansville North.
Points were important from the start, with teams looking to grab anything they could in the field events.
In the girls’ field events, the Lady Panthers came up short on getting the big numbers. Madison Schilmiller finished in a tie for fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and Emma Goss was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 1-1/2 inches. Emily Gunther finished in a six-way tied for second in the pole vault at 8 feet.
In the girls’ discus, South Central’s Grace Lindsay finished third with a throw of 74-4 while North Harrison’s Emma Schneider was fifth (72-10) and Crawford County’s Sadie Brown finished sixth (72-8).
In the girls’ shot put, Schneider, a senior, didn’t think she had a chance of winning the event but, as she watched the other throwers, began to think the opportunity was there.
“Going into this, I did not expect to win,” said Schneider. “Then I started hearing everybody’s measurements, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I have a chance to win.’ Then I heard my place and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ It was crazy.”
Schneider’s throw of 31 feet, 2 inches was nearly a foot better than runner-up Josey Cheatham of Borden.
Crawford County’s Natalie Stroud was also solid in the event, finishing third with a distance of 29 feet, 4-1/2 inches. Corydon Central’s Goss was fourth at 28-7-1/2.
“I felt really good,” said Stroud. “I got 28 and one inch three times. It’s a lot of fun. With four girls throwing, it’s really competitive at practice. I hope to be over 30 (by conference) and have my glide. My glide is a lot faster throwing from the circle. That would be awesome.”
“I think I’m getting a lot better at throwing it higher,” she said. “This is only my second meet because I didn’t get to throw last year because of COVID. Before that, it was fifth grade. I’ve got two more years with this, and I’m only throwing 29 (feet) so I feel like in the next few years I could improve.”
In the boys’ field events, Corydon Central’s Jagger Holton finished fifth in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches. In the long jump, teammate Bruce Beard scored some needed points, finishing fifth with a distance of 18 feet, 8-1/4 inches.
“I set my PR just then,” Beard said after his jump.
In the boys’ discus, Dakota Jones won for the Panthers with a distance of 133 feet, 10 inches and teammate Zane Pigg was third at 112-9. North Harrison’s Wesley Harmon won the shot put for the Cougars with a distance of 43 feet, 6-1/2 inches with Corydon Central’s Jones second at 39-10, Corydon Central’s Blake Lawson fourth at 39-2-1/2 and Crawford County’s Liam Stroud fifth at 39-2.
In the boys’ pole vault, Corydon Central’s Sean Woods gave the Panthers some big points with a win of 11 feet, 6 inches, which was a new personal best for the sophomore. North Harrison’s Jacob Wenning was second at 11 feet, and Corydon Central’s Lukas Faith finished fourth at 10 feet, 6 inches. Woods then went for 12 feet and nearly had the height on his second attempt. Woods’ final attempt came on a miss that sent the bar flying 20 feet into the air.
In the first running event, Corydon Central’s Schilmiller just missed getting a win in the 100-meter dash when she was out-leaned by Eastern Pekin’s McKenna Jeter. Jeter finished in a time of 12.83 seconds with Schilmiller at 12.84.
Corydon Central’s Chris Garrow dominated the boys’ 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.09 seconds with runner-up Mason Busick, of Scottsburg, back at 16.50. Garrow just missed the school record of 15.03.
“I’ve been anticipating it for a while,” Garrow said. “It felt like it could be a (school) record. … ”
North Harrison’s Matt Moorman was hoping for a time in the 17s or low 18s; instead, he finished in seventh with a time of 19.51 seconds.
“The first hurdle he got away from me and everybody else pretty much,” Moorman said. “Obviously, it could have been better. It felt better than the prelims and I did all right. I think I did a cleaner run on the prelims. The finals were a little more messy, but I think it was a little faster.”
Olivia Martin scored 10 points for the Lady Panthers in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.68, and teammate Emily Gunther was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 57.11 seconds. The Lady Panthers were second in the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.39 seconds with Lanesville fifth (58.01 and Crawford County sixth in 1:00.62.
Corydon Central was third in the boys’ 400-meter relay, and Zach Hougland won the 400-meter dash for the Panthers in a time of 53.12. Teammate Lucas Lee was fourth in a time of 54.18. Corydon Central’s Timothy Arnold was third in the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.52. North Harrison finished third in the 3,200 boys’ relay in 9:01.02.
The distance events were dominated by Corydon Central in both the girls’ and boys’ events. Addison Applegate won both the 1,600-meter (5:44.35) and 800-meter (2:36.56) runs, and teammate Emily Armstrong was third in the 800 in 2:47.09. Erika Valdivieso won the 3,200-meter run easily for the Lady Panthers with a time of 12:51.75.
Applegate watched as Lanesville’s Emilee Snyder (sixth at 6:30.39) went out front at the start by a 10-meter distance.
“I felt like looking at the heat sheets her time was going to be faster than mine,” said Applegate, who also anchored her 3,200-meter relay team to a win. “I was thinking of staying with her and then towards the end try to pass her, but I ended up passing her during the race and I felt good about that.”
The boys’ distance events were all about Corydon Central senior Camden Marshall, who first won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:36.50. South Central’s Maddox Baker was third in 4:58.85, and Lanesville’s Adrian Nannen was sixth in 5:07.3. Marshall later won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:58.10 with North Harrison’s Wenning fifth in 2:07.13. The trifecta came in the 3,200-meter run, where Marshall won in 10 minutes, 4.22 seconds. South Central’s Baker was third in 10:36.66.
Just minutes after his 3,200-meter run, Marshall came back to anchor his 1,600-meter relay team to a tight win over Evansville North, the Panthers winning in 3:35.15 to the Huskies’ 3:36.34.
“It was a fun race,” Marshall said. “We were dead even when we took the batons and then I got out to a lead, but he passed me back with like 150 (meters) to go and I just kind of sat on him. I was honestly feeling pretty good and I was like, ‘I really think I can get him.’ So, I just kind of shot off the last curve and caught him. It was a fun one for sure, especially at home with a big crowd. It was a fun one.”
Girls’ scores – Evansville North 158.5, Corydon Central 142, Eastern Pekin 84.5, Borden 73, New Albany 61.5, North Harrison 23, Crawford County 20.5, Scottsburg 15.5, Lanesville 15, South Central 13.5, Henryville 4.
Girls’ results – 3,200-meter relay – Corydon Central 10:48.94; 100-meter hurdles – Payton Whitfield (EP) 17.42; 100-meter dash – McKenna Jeter (EP) 12.83; 1,600-meter run – Addison Applegate (Cory) 5:44.35; 400-meter relay – Evansville North 51.53; 400-meter dash – Olivia Martin (Cory) 1:06.68; 300-meter hurdles – Savannah George (EN) 50.95; 800-meter run – Addison Applegate (Cory) 2:36.56; 200-meter dash – Katie Pogue (EN) 27.40; 3,200-meter run – Erika Valdivieso (Cory) 12:51.75; 1,600-meter relay – Corydon Central 4:24.15; high jump – Katie Pogue (EN) 5-0; pole vault – Hallie Fecteau (EN) 9-6; long jump – McKenna Jeter (EP) 16-6; discus – Josey Cheatham (Bor) 104-1; shot put – Emma Schneider (NH) 31-2.
Boys’ scores – Corydon Central 148.5, Evansville North 132, New Albany 80, North Harrison 52, Borden 50.5, Henryville 45, Eastern Pekin 44, Scottsburg 39, South Central 23, Lanesville 5.
Boys’ results – 3,200-meter run – Evansville North 8:43.49; 110-meter hurdles – Christopher Garrow (Cory); 100-meter dash – DeJon Winburn (NA) 11.44; 1,600-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 4:36.50; 400-meter relay – New Albany 45.31; 400-meter dash – Zach Hougland (Cory) 53.12; 300-meter hurdles – Trace Manzi (EN) 43.57; 800-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 1;58.10; 200-meter dash – Jeremy Anderson (EN) 23.61; 3,200-meter run – Camden Marshall (Cory) 10:04.22; 1,600-meter relay – Corydon Central; high jump – Achilies Johnson (EN) 5-10; pole vault – Sean Woods (Cory) 11-6; long jump – Gabe Ramsey (Hnry) 20-0-1/2; discus – Dakota Jones (Cory) 133-10; shot put – Wesley Harmon (NH) 43-6-1/2.