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May 16, 2014

HS TRACK & FIELD: Henryville girls, Borden boys continue SAC domination

Braves sweep Most Outstanding with Magallanes, Kirchgessner

BORDEN — Henryville’s girls won its eighth consecutive Southern Athletic title and the Borden boys won their third in a row and fourth in five seasons Thursday at Borden.

Henryville coach Josh Conrad has coached all eight Hornet championships teams and believes that his 2014 squad, which had six champions, could be his best ever.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of really good athletes who are always interested in coaching advice,” he said. “As a group, we had a really good meet overall. We had a lot of good efforts.”

“It’s an awesome feeling and it’s my senior year, so it’s even more special,” said 800-meter champion Sadie Spears.

Spears and freshman Cia Greene helped the Hornets sweep the distance events. Spears won the 800 and was runner-up to her freshman teammate in the 1,600 and the 3,200.

Spears dominated the SAC meet last year before Greene’s arrival. The Hornet senior said she holds no animosity toward her teammate.

“As long as she’s my teammate, I think it’s great,” Spears said. “She makes me proud. Honestly, I’m perfectly fine with it. I love her to death.”

“Sadie and [senior thrower] Natalie Uhl are both really special athletes,” Conrad said. “They’re both definitely what the definition of a student-athlete should be.”

Uhl finished second to Carson Casey in the shot put and was third behind Casey and teammate Hannah White in the shot put. Casey won her fourth straight SAC shot put title and her third discus championship in a row.

“It’s nice to have someone push you,” Casey said of Uhl and White. “I’m using conference as a stepping stone for sectional. I was better this week than last week and it’s all about improving every week.”

Henryville led South Central by eight points after Tuesday’s running events. Uhl, White and junior Hope Shuler helped the Hornets pull away. Shuler won the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 5-inches.

“It means a lot to me,” Shuler said of helping her team win another title. “I didn’t expect it at all.”

Borden’s Shelby Kirchgessner was the meet’s top scorer. She won the pole vault with a vault of 8-6. She was also second in the 100-meters and was fourth in the 200.

Braves’ sophomore Julien Magallanes was the clear Most Outstanding Athletes on the boys’ side. He helped the Braves beat runner-up South Central by 69 points with four championships. He won the 800 in a school-record 2:00.9, ran a 1:58 800-split to help Borden win the 3,200 relay, took the 1,600 crown in 4:32.53 and the 3,200 in 10:11.53.

Magallanes was ill and suffered a calf injury last week, making his performance more spectacular.

“I felt really good coming in,” said Magallanes, who said he wasn’t any the 800 school record. “I was just out there running as hard as I could.”

Borden swept the relays. The Braves took the 1,600 relay in 3:43.32 and the 400 relay in 49.90.

“It’s our biggest team accomplishment of the season,” said Borden coach Liz Carmony, who was named Coach of the Year. “We’ve won a lot of individual meets but no big meets.”

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