Goshen News, Goshen, IN


May 15, 2012


Northridge claims runner-up spot over Falcons

WARSAW —  The race at the IHSAA girls track and field sectional Tuesday night was for second place and the Northridge Raiders stepped up into that spot.

The Warsaw Tigers amassed 160 points to win the program’s seventh consecutive sectional title. Northridge totaled 87 points, followed by Fairfield, 79; Elkhart Memorial. 68 1/2; Goshen, 57; Concord, 53 1/2; Elkhart Central, 48; Wawasee, 28; NorthWood, 24; Jimtown, 11; and Elkhart Christian Academy, 8.

“Second is pretty awesome,” Northridge coach Josh Fletcher said. “We knew coming in it would be close with Fairfield and Goshen, I was hoping our quality and depth would be enough and tonight it was.”

Northridge qualified seven individuals in eight events plus two relays for next Tuesday’s regional at Warsaw. The top four finishers in each event move on to the regional.

Fairfield advanced four individuals in six events plus two relays.

“It was a good night,” Fairfield coach Darin Holsopple said. “I’ve never finished higher than this. Our goal is not to win, because Warsaw is so far out in front. But it’s good to come in here and compete with some of the other teams in this field.”

The Goshen Redskins had four individuals move on in seven events.

“We had a great day in a lot of events,” Goshen coach Dallan Troyer said. “We are pretty excited. At the same time I feel sorry for some of the seniors that just missed out on making it to regional. They have given us all they had the last four years and then they come up a little short tonight. There is some really good competition in this sectional.”

Senior Liana Yoder won the 100-meter hurdles (15.47) to lead the Redskins. Senior Lauren Stutzman placed second in long jump (16-5 1/2) and fourth in the 200 (27.04), senior Karla Corral third in discus (116-2) and fourth in shot put (36-2 1/2) and freshman Adrienne Henke fourth in the 800 (2:25.99).

“Karla had a great night,” Troyer said. “We have been seeing continued improvement from her all season. She set herself up perfectly. She is peaking at the right time. She had a personal best in discus last week of 119-10.

“We have some girls that are in fifth place and you nave know what can happen with scratches. If you are not in the top four then fifth is the next best place to be.

“It was hot tonight and we have not had a day like that in awhile. It may have bothered some of the girls, but everyone had to battle through the same elements.”

Corral went to regional last year.

“Last year I was not as nervous,” she said. “I felt more pressure tonight. I think it’s because of being a senior. There have been times when being nervous has helped me but that wasn’t the case tonight.”

Senior Lilly Russo won high jump (5-2) to lead Northridge.

“I’m so happy for her,” Fletcher said. “She was the NLC champion as a sophomore and junior and didn’t make it out of sectional.”

Junior Mackenzie Gray, junior Jennifer Schrock, sophomore Olivia Golden and junior Mandy Campbell won the 4 x 800 relay (9:40.83).

“They ran an amazing race,” Fletcher said. “It was kind of an upset. They came in believing they could win and went out and did it.”

Also moving on for Northridge are junior Corinne Cominator second in the 1,600 (5:06.92) and 3,200 (11:24.98), junior Lauren Lambert third in the 100 hurdles (13.05), Schrock third in the 3,200 (11:40.60), Gray fourth in the 400 (1:02.00), sophomore Christina Juroff third in the 200 (26.70) and Golden fourth in the 1,600 (5:19.57).

“Gary did something unique in the 400,” Fletcher said. “She finished fourth running in the slowest (of the three heats) with only two other girls. I’m not sure I have ever seen that before.

“Golden ran a great 1,600. Lambert and Juroff both moved on in the sprints. We each one of them in an event to keep them fresher and it worked.”

Fairfield senior Becca Kropf won the 300 hurdles in a sectional record time of 44.65 and junior Sophie Brown captured pole vault with a record vault of 11-6 3/4.

“Both of them had good night by setting sectional records,” Holsopple said. “Becca qualified in four events and Sophie three.”

Other Fairfield qualifiers were Kropf second in the 100 hurdles (15.60), Brown third in high jump (5-0), senior Rosalyn Miller fourth in long jump (15-10 1/4) and sophomore Sierra Smith third in shot (36-5 3/4).

“I’m so happy for Rosalyn,” Holsopple said. “This is her first time going to regional. That is always exciting to see.”

Fairfield’s 4 x 100 relay of Brown, Kropf, senior Alissa Faldoe and Miller was fourth (50.75) and the 4 x 400 of senior Emily Beasley, Faldoe, senior Kelsie Graber and Kropf second (4:07.36).

“The time in the 4 x 100 is a school record,” Holsopple said.

NorthWood senior Angelica Ramon was second in the 200 (26.68) and junior Melissa Berger third in pole vault (10-3). Berger set an NW school record breaking the mark of 10-2 by Steph Steiner in 2007.

Concord senior Melissa DuBois placed first in long jump (17-02 1/2) and fourth in the 100 (13.10), junior Jessica O’Connell second in the 300 hurdles (45,24) and third in the 100 hurdles (15.96) and sophomore Michelle Detwiler fourth in high jump (4-10). DuBois, Detwiler, freshman Ciana Bonfiglio and O’Connell were second in the 4 x 100 relay (50.56) while O’Connell, junior Janell Smart, junior Cassidy Field and junior Jennifer Reyes were third in the 4 x 400 (4:07.43).

Wawasee’s 4 x 800 relay of freshman Brenna Robinson, senior Kaely Bame, freshman Courtney Linnemeier and junior Jen Slabaugh placed fourth (10:04.21). Robinson was second in the 800 (2:22.32).

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