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FLOYD EYEING NO. 5
Floyd Central enters Tuesday’s Corydon Central Sectional with a chance to win its fifth consecutive sectional crown. The two-time defending HHC champion Highlanders have won 10 sectionals in the program’s history but have never won five in a row.
“It’s unbelievable,” Highlander coach Kyle Weigleb said of the accomplishment. “I tell the girls every year that there’s no reason they shouldn’t win conference and sectional every year.”
Floyd will be sectional contenders in almost every event. The Highlanders proved particularly strong in several events at the HHC last Tuesday, led by the 3,200 relay team, their 800 runners and pole vaulter Rachael Kavgazoff.
Kavgazoff — holder of school, conference and sectional records in the event — has a goal of vaulting 12 feet, which should make her state contender.
“That would put her in the top four or five in the state, I think,” Weigleb said.
The 3,200 relay team of Gabrielle Rodrigeuz, Madison Barney, Melanie Combs and Jamie Bierman has run a 9:51 this season and looks to go under 9:50 Tuesday.
“I think they have a shot at getting to state and even [winning] regional if they run that,” Weigleb said.
Bierman and Combs were 1-2 in the 800, respectively, at conference and are the likely favorites going in the sectional.
“One of those two may have a shot at making the state finals in the 800,” Weigleb said.
Floyd is a solid favorite but it should be competition from strong Providence, Corydon and New Albany teams.
“When you’re the defending sectional champion, most teams want to come after year,” Weigleb said. “They’re going to come after us. I think we’re the favorite, but it’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure.”
Providence is led by sprinting star Charmaine Solis and features a well-rounded team. New Albany was third at the HHC and has several serious contenders, including sprinter Jayla Bethel and a state-caliber 400 relay team.
Borden’s Carson Casey is likely the thrower to beat, along with defending champion Madison Kaiser of Floyd Central in the shot put. Shelby Kirchgessner of Borden is coming off a Most Outstanding Athlete honor in the Southern Conference meet and will be competitive in the pole vault and the hurdles.