Goshen News, Goshen, IN


May 12, 2012

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: NECC record book rewritten at Churubusco

CHURUBUSCO — In the city that is known as “Turtle Town” citizens might want to consider a nickname associated with a faster animal based on the performances of NECC high school boys and girls track and field teams in the league’s annual championship meet held Friday night here.

An unbelievable eight records fell on the boys side, which is exactly half of the total number of events in the meet. The girls were just as impressive with seven records broken and one tied.

Westview senior Skyler Carpenter broke three individual records leading the Warriors to the girls title and Fairfield junior Brett Baumgartner was involved in four (two individual and two relays) as the Falcons claimed the boys crown.

Carpenter, who is headed to Vanderbilt University to run track next year, is the defending state champion in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300 hurdles and long jump. On Friday, she surpassed her own NECC marks in the 100 hurdles  14.52 (15.07 from 2011), the 300 hurdles 43.26 (44.77 from 2010) and in the 200 dash (24.96, 25.53 from 2010).

“Breaking three records feels pretty good, especially the 200 mark. I have never broken 25.0 before,” Carpenter said.

She also won long jump (17-2 3/4).

Baumgartner snapped records in the 100 10.90 (10.95 by Dino Efthimiou of Lakeland in 1998) and 200 21.80 (22.20 by Joel Luckey of Central Noble in 2002). He also anchored Falcon 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays that broke records.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “Breaking four meet records and three school records. I didn’t really feel anything special until breaking the 100 record. That got me pumped up and adrenaline carried me the rest of the meet.”

The Falcon 4 x 100 foursome of sophomore Cameron Kitson, junior Caleb Noble, junior Dillon Lockwood and Baumgartner were first in 43.35 (43.89 by Fuller, Kearns, Woodword and Sattison of Garrett in 1992) while the grouping of senior Dillon Hinen, sophomore A,J. Mast, junior Alex Mast and Baumgartner placed first in 3:25.08 (3:26.74 by Alic Vanover, Tyler Gangloff, Robby Gingerich and Alex Korenstra of Fairfield in 2008).

“Weather conditions were almost perfect,” Fairfield coach Bob Miller said. “The temperatures was in the mid 70s and there was very little wind.

“Some people look down on our conference, thinking it’s a small-school league, but the NECC is a very good track conference and this year it’s exceptionally good.”

Hinen won the 800 (1:57.56) and 1,600 (4:19.57) for the Falcons.

“Our team was pretty impressive,” he said. “It’s not a surprise that we won. We knew going into the meet we would do that. We set ourselves up in prefect position to run to our potential.”

Hinen put on an impressive kick over the last 200 meters of the 1,600 to finish ahead of runner up West Noble senior Kevin Handshoe (4:24.70).

“I wish I hadn’t of went out so slow,”  Hinen said. “I was a little surprised by my kick on the last lap. My split on the final lap was :59. I saw the other runner (Handshoe) slowing up a little on the backstretch and I knew I had to pass him.”

The Falcon got some points in the high jump that kind of surprised their veteran coach. Senior Nathan Bussberg placed first (6-2) and classmate Jared LaRue second (6-2) giving Fairfield a valuable 18 points.

“Both are first-year seniors,” Miller said. “They were probably seeded third and seventh.”

The Westview foursome of senior Kyle Baker, senior Jerry Schwartz, junior Austin Borg and sophomore Micah Hunsberger broke the record in the 4 x 800 relay 8:06.87 (8:06.95 by Jones, McMaster, Morgan and Wainwright of Lakeland in 2006) and sophomore Trey Kennedy in pole vault 14-4 (14-3 by Jason Kennedy of Westview in 1993).

Also for the Westview girls, senior Jeslyn Zimmerly won pole vault 12-0 (matching her own record of 12-0 from 2011).

One of the evening’s best and worst stories came from Westview senior Mandy Jones. She finished second in long jump (16-10 3/4) and the 100 (12.56). Jones took a spill after leaning at the finish line in the 100 and according to Westview coach Jon Cook injured a hamstring.

“She is probably out for the season,” the coach said. “This was the first time she had competed in two or three weeks because of the hamstring. We only jumped her one time in the long jump in order to rest her.”

Westview ended up winning the girls title by three points over Fairfield (130-127). Every point the Warriors scored was valuable and especially the one Jones got for eighth place in the 200. Unable to run her time according to the results was 2:27.36.

“Mandy walked the 200 in order to get the point,” Carpenter said. “She is probably done for the season and I feel sick about it. Mandy is not only one of my best friends she is one of the best athletes on our team.”

Fairfield won two relays as the foursome of senior Emily Beasley, sophomore Brooke Mast, senior Kelsie Graber and freshman Taylor Stidham finished first in the 4 x 800 10:05.98 while Beasley, senior Alissa Faldoe, Graber and senior Becca Kropf took the 4 x 400 in a record time of 4:05.09 (4:11.00 by Ashley Miller, Amanda Hunsberger, Carpenter and Nicole Jansing of Westview in 2009).


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