The New Albany girls’ track team got solid production from its sprinters and distance runners to win the second annual Inferno Classic on Saturday at Jeffersonville High School’s Blair Field.
The Bulldogs registered 104 points, beating second-place Columbus East by nine. Floyd Central finished third with 81 points, followed by host Jeffersonville with 71. Henryville placed ninth with 35 points.
In the boys’ meet, Floyd Central was the highest-finishing area team as it was third with 78 points. The host Red Devils were a half-point behind the Highlanders in placing fourth with 77 1/2 points.
New Albany wound up sixth with 59 points and Henryville was 13th with eight points.
Evansville Harrison won the boys’ meet with 135 points, while Columbus East placed second with 81 1/2 points.
The Inferno was a two-day meet, which started on Friday with preliminaries, a handful of field events and four relay races. The rest of the events took place on Saturday.
Junior Phoebe Bauer led the Bulldogs to the meet title with a pair of individual victories on Saturday.
New Albany’s distance standout won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:29.06. Bauer then took first in the 3,200 in 11:59.38.
“That was two big wins for us. We got some solid points there,” Bulldogs’ girls’ head coach Casey Schneider said.
Bauer’s 3,200 triumph was critical for the Bulldogs in holding off Hoosier Hills Conference rival Columbus East. Entering the 3,200, New Albany trailed the Olympians, 87-86. But Bauer scored 10 points in her 3,200 victory, and teammate Bailey Knable added three points by finishing sixth in the race. East had no one score any points in the 3,200, giving the Bulldogs a 99-87 advantage with one event left.
Bauer and Knable were a part of New Albany’s distance medley relay team, which won its race on Friday in 13:30.23. Other team members were Temple Ricke and Rachel Bowden.
The Bulldogs also won the 400 relay in 51.75 seconds. Comprising the team were Jayla Bethel, Markayla Stubbins and sisters Lauren and Courtney Palmer. New Albany’s 3,200 relay team ended up second.
“We had a good balanced attack,” Schneider said. “We were consistent throughout the meet. Anytime you get a win, it’s good. Our sprint relay and distance relay gave us a good balance.”
Bethel finished third in the 100 and 200. Also placing third for New Albany were Roshawnda McDowell in the 300 hurdles and Courtney Palmer in the long jump. The Bulldogs’ 800 relay team also was third.
Floyd Central won three events, including two relay races. The 1,600 relay squad prevailed in 4:23.99 and the 3,200 relay team took first in 10:34.45. The Highlanders’ Rachael Kavgazoff won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Earning second-place finishes for Floyd Central were Alyssa Moore in the 3,200, Tori Kingsley in the 300 hurdles, Schyler Cerqueria in the high jump and Leah Wolf in the discus. The Highlanders’ 800 relay team finished second.
Jeff’s lone victory was in Friday’s 800 relay in 1:51.01. Red Devil senior LaVada Roberson placed second in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Jeff junior Taylor Hines finished second in the 800. The Red Devils’ 400 relay team ended up third.
Henryville senior Hannah Gilstrap claimed first in the long jump with a leap of 16-10. The distance was 5 1/4 inches off the IHSAA state qualifying standard.
“I didn’t expect it,” Gilstrap said about her jump. “It was awesome. I came to compete today.”