Girls T&F Sectional

Girls T&F sectional: Rice, Allen, Melevage and CHS 4x400 all advance to Regional

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All three Montgomery County schools will be represented at next week’s Girls Track and Field Regional at Lafayette Jeff. North Montgomery and Crawfordsville competed at Harrison while Southmont was at Zionsville for the sectional on Monday night. When all was wrapped up seven area girls were able to extend their seasons one week with their top three performances.

Rice advances in discus

North Montgomery senior Katie Rice took second place in the discus with a throw of 101ft 5in and was able to advance out of the Harrison sectional. The senior now will advance to next week’s Regional at Lafayette Jeff as her athletic career gets to go at least one more week.

“Katie has put in plenty of work to reach this point in her throwing career and it paid off tonight,” Charger coach Josh Thompson said of Rice. “She now has a chance to compete in the regional and see what she can do there.”

Lydia Dugard just missed advancing as she took fourth place in the shot put.

Allen advances in 3200

Southmont junior Faith Allen also advanced out of the Zionsville sectional with a third place finish in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:42.77. With her advancement, this marks the second straight season that she’ll compete in the Regional and Southmont coach Desson Hannum was proud to see her hard work pay off.

“Tonight Faith ran a season best tonight to qualify,” Hannum said. “It is very deserving considering how consistent and how hard she works.”

Allen will join Rice at next week’s Lafayette Jeff Regional she will now gear up to hopefully run another season best next Tuesday.

Melevage and CHS 4x400 able to advance

Crawfordsville’s Sophia Melevage’s strong start to her freshman athletic career continued on Tuesday when she placed third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:28.34.

Melevage won’t be alone at next week’s regional as she’ll be joined by the 4x400 team of Guinevere Schmitzer-Torbert, Na’arah Byard, Riley Gardner and Devan Johnson for CHS who also took third place with a time of 4:24.83. Johnson stepped up to take the place of Shea Williamson who was unable to compete due to injury.

“It was awesome to see what this group did tonight,” Crawfordsville coach Sean Gerold said. “All five of the girls that advanced and ran for us were underclassmen. Shea is usually our anchor in the 4x400 but all of those girls stepped up and ran terrific. Devan stepped up big time and for them not to have their anchor and still advance was phenomenal. Things didn’t go our way early when we thought we could maybe get a couple of girls out, but they stuck with it and it was a great way to finish along with the way Sophia ran. We’re just looking forward to another week of practice and preparing them for next week.”

The Mounties, Chargers, and Athenians will all have a one week of practice and preparation before making the trip to Lafayette Jeff next Tuesday for the Regional where once again the top three individuals in each event will qualify for the IHSAA State Finals.

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