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May 15, 2013

JEFF GIRLS' TRACK SECTIONAL: Jeff just misses sectional title again

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville girls’ track team narrowly missed out in its bid to capture the 26th sectional crown in school history, finishing second to Madison in the 11-team Jeffersonville Sectional at Blair Field last night.

The Cubs finished with 109 points to 98 1/2 to the Red Devils, and Jeffersonville coach Ericka Herd said it was simply a matter of not picking up a few crucial points throughout the meet.

“We ran really competitively,” Herd said. “But we gave up some points, a few things happened out of the ordinary and we have a young team. It is what it is.”

One thorn in Jeffersonville’s side throughout the evening was the performance of Scottsburg sprinter Morgan McNeely. The senior won the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash, besting Red Devil runners Chelsea Lewis in the 100 and 200 and Hailey Lacy in the 400.

Herd said she felt that Lewis and Lacy — a sophomore and freshman respectively — would learn a lot from racing against McNeely. In particular, a closing kick in the final 100 meters of the 400 allowed McNeely to overtake Lacy, who was leading heading into the stretch.

“If you’re a senior, you’re not going to want to let these young studs come in and beat you in your last sectional,” Herd said. “She had the will to do that, and hopefully our girls will learn from that.”

The heavily-favored relay teams in the 400 and 1,600 for Jeffersonville won easily in their contests.

Another local bright spot on the day was Henryville distance runner Sadie Spears, who won the mile with a time of 5:45.36, nearly 11 seconds better than 2nd place finisher Whitney Andrews of Charlestown.

After that win, Spears still had enough left in the take to come back and take the 3200-meter race late in the evening with a time of 12:20.43.

Spears is likely to only race in the 3200-meter in next week’s regional, but was thrilled with the outcome.

“It’s always good to win, although I didn’t get a [personal best] in either one of those races,” Spears said. “But coming in here and winning two sectional races, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Other local winners included Silver Creek’s Maggie Shields, who won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:27.67, Megan Brooks of Charlestown, who took first place in the shot put with a throw of 37-feet, 11-inches, and Natalie Uhl of Henryville, who won the discus with a toss of 120-7.  

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