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May 15, 2013

CORYDON GIRLS' TRACK SECTIONAL: Floyd cruise to Corydon Sectional championship

NA’s Bethel, Providence’s Mattingly win individual titles

CORYDON — Floyd Central’s girls’ track team won eight of the 16 events, had a top-four finisher in 15 events and scored in all 16 as the Highlanders cruised to a 72-plus-point victory over runner-up New Albany at Tuesday’s Corydon Central Sectional.

The top four athletes in each event advanced to next Tuesday’s Bloomington North Regional.

“I told the girls before the season that there are track teams, then there are track programs,” Floyd coach Kyle Weigleb said. “Thanks to their hard work, we’re becoming a track program.”

The Highlanders scored 172.83 points and led from start to finish for a school-record-tying fourth consecutive sectional crown and its 10th overall.

“It’s as exciting as ever,” Highlander senior Alyssa Moore said. “It’s as exciting as the first time.”

“It never gets old,” Floyd Central senior Leah Wolf agreed.

The Highlanders took the lead for good after the 3,200-meter relay team of Kassidy Manning, Madison Barney, Jamie Bierman and Moore won in a time of 10:18, 36 seconds ahead of runner-up New Albany.

Floyd then took the top two places in the pole vault. Rachael Kavgazoff cleared 10 feet for the title and Abby Marquet tied Borden’s Shelby Kirchgessner and Corydon Central’s Sierra Wright for second place at 8 feet.

“She’s going to have to go about 10-6 to get out of regional,” Weigleb said of Kavgazoff. “She’s gone 11 this year, so she’s capable. It’s good for Abby to get back-to-back trips to the regional.”

The Highlanders also took the top two spots in the 800-meter run with Moore taking the championship and runner-up Bierman a little more than a second behind.

“I wouldn’t want anyone else up there running with me,” Moore said of Bierman.

After finishing second to New Albany’s Jayla Bethel in the 100, Floyd senior Carmen Keehn edged Providence’s Charmaine Solis for the 200 title. Keehn, who won the 200 in 26.95 seconds, also advanced with the Highlanders’ second-place 400 relay team and set a personal-best by nearly half a second in the 100.

“Carmen Keehn stepped up big time today,” Weigleb said.

“About 20 meters toward the end, I could tell I was in first and I was about to cry,” Keehn said of her 200 championship. “All I wanted to do was win the 200.”

Wolf repeated as discus champion by defeating Borden’s Carson Casey in the discus finals. Wolf won with a throw of 122-9 1/2. Wolf had a nervous moment as Casey’s last throw went more than 120 feet for second place.

“[Casey] freaked me out because she was good today,” Wolf said. “I thought she had beat me for a second.”

Casey also was second to Floyd’s Madison Kaiser in the shot put. Casey — the event’s defending champion — had knee surgery in the offseason and fell four feet short of Kaiser’s school-record throw of 37-5.

Floyd then closed the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay, just .64 seconds ahead of Providence.

Bethel battled through a knee injury to win a pair of championships for the Bulldogs on Tuesday. She won the 100 in 12.73, then led the New Albany 400 relay team to a win.

“I had the greatest start,” Bethel said of her 100 triumph. “I felt I was out in front the entire time and I just had to keep up the pace and I would be sectional champion.”

The 50.7 the Bulldog relay team ran was a season-best.

“I’m thinking next week they have a pretty good shot,” New Albany coach Casey Schneider said of the relay team’s chances of getting to state. “They’re getting stronger every race.”

Leah Mattingly won Providence’s only individual title, easily taking first in the 400 in 1:01.4.

“When I turned the [final] corner, I heard everyone yelling and I thought it was close,” Mattingly said. “I put my head down and ran my hardest. I feel really blessed. I’m looking forward to regional. I think it will be fun.”

Providence’s Maryashly Betz advanced in four events, finishing third in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles and being a member of the Pioneers’ 400 and 1,600 relay teams. Corydon freshman Sidney Capelle won both hurdles events. North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler swept the distance events. Corydon’s Kaitlin Salomon won the long jump, the only event in which Floyd didn’t have anyone advance.

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