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June 7, 2014

H.S. GIRLS’ TRACK: Kavgazoff fifth, Bulldog relay sixth at state

New Albany’s Bethel has busy, productive day

BLOOMINGTON — Rachael Kavgazoff will exit Floyd Central High School with the best result of her career.

 The Highlander senior was the area’s top finisher at Friday’s IHSAA state finals at Indiana University with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. She cleared 12-feet, 3-inches, less than a foot lower than state champion Kayla Smith of Lawrence Central. Kavgazoff finished tied with Angola’s Kennedy Trine — the favorite coming in — for the fourth-high vault. However, Trine beat her out with fewer attempts.

New Albany’s 400 relay team — with junior Courtney Palmer, senior Jayla Bethel, sophomore Aaliyah Bell and freshman Chyna Anthony — won its heat and finished sixth in the state. The Bulldogs’ time of 48.53 was only 1.2 seconds off Warren Central’s state championship time.

Bethel had a strong day. Along with her relay leg, she finished 14th in the 200-meter dash and 21st in the 100. Pike’s Lynna Irby won the 100, the 200 and the 400 as the Red Devils finished second to team champion Lawrence Central.

Charlestown senior Megan Brooks — the 2013 News and Tribune Track Athlete of the Year — had two strong finishes. She was 13th in the shot put with a throw of 42-6 and was 17th in the discus with a toss of 128-11. Borden senior Carson Casey placed 13th in the shots put and Henryville’s Natalie Uhl was 27th in the discus.

Floyd Central’s 3,200 relay team of Madison Barney, Gabrielle Rodriguez, Melanie Combs and Jamie Bierman opened the day with a 17th-place finish. Silver Creek’s 3,200 relay team finished 20th.

Jeffersonville had several strong finishes. Sophomore Hailey Lacy won her heat in the 400 for a 13th-place finish. Freshman Jhala Henry was 24th in the 200. The Red Devils’ 400 relay team finished 21st and their 1,600 relay team was 15th. All of Jeff’s state finals competitors are expected to return in 2015.

“I feel like we finished the season well,” said Jeff coach Ericka Herd, whose team won its first sectional crown in three years. “Our program is back on top and definitely headed in the right direction.”

Providence’s Charmaine Solis placed 17th in the 400 and Pioneer freshman Bayley Wade was 23rd in the 800.

Henryville freshman Cia Greene capped a strong initial season with a 21st-place finish in the 3,200.

Jennings County’s Keri Ertel finished second in the 300 hurdles and was third in the 100 hurdles.


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