The 27th annual Northridge Girls Relays were just another typical outstanding day for Skyler Carpenter.
The Westview High School senior was entered in four events and involved in four first-place finishes, leading her team to a third-place finish in the girls track and field event Saturday at Northridge High School.
“Skyler is a great athlete,” Westview coach Jon Cook said. “Four is the maximum number of events you can enter and she won them all.”
Carpenter’s day began in the 4 x 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay. She ran the hurdles flawlessly, prompting one worker in the press box to comment “Who is that girl? It’s unfair to have to run against her.”
Also on the winning relay for Westview were freshman Kylie Barker, senior Sabrina Whitaker and junior Jessica Varney.
Carpenter, who is headed to Vanderbilt to run track on a full scholarship, teamed with senior Jeslyn Zimmerly, sophomore Rachelle Whitaker and senior Mandy Jones in the 800 sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400); with Zimmerly, Jones and junior Kelsey Carmack in the 4 x 200 relay and with Jones and Zimmerly in long jump.
Carpenter had the day’s best effort in long jump (18-0 1/2) and Jones second (17-2 3/4).
Penn won the team title with 72 points, followed by Northridge 64, Westview 56, Elkhart Memorial 55, DeKalb 52, East Noble 50 1/3, Angola 41 1/3, Elkhart Central 40 1/3, Portage 39, NorthWood 33, Concord 26 and South Bend Riley 17.
“I was surprised by our placing in the team standings,” Cook said. “We had four events where we didn’t enter a team. In a meet like this you need depth so I’m very happy where we finished.”
Junior Corinne Cominator and classmate Jennifer Schrock combined to win the 3,200 relay where each team had two runners run a 1,600. Cominator had the best time of 5:08.57 and Schrock the third best at 5:24.71.
“Cominator’s time is one of the best in the state so far this season,” Northridge coach Josh Fletcher said. “She looked good on the track.”
This was Penn’s first time competing in the Relays.
“We knew Penn would bring a good team,” Fletcher said. “Our girls on Wednesday after our NLC meet (with Wawasee and Warsaw) were really excited about today. We knew distance was one area where our runners matched up with Penn. Sprints was another. Unfortunately not having a freshman relay hurt us. We have four freshman on the roster and one of them is hurt. If it would have been legal to run with three I would have but it isn’t.”
Northridge finished second in two relays. Junior Mandy Campbell, sophomore Olivia Golden, freshman Nikki Willey and junior Kayla Rothi were the runner-up in the 4 x 800 relay; junior Mackenzie Gray, junior Lauren Lambert, sophomore Christian Juroff and sophomore Bekah Ross in the 4 x 200 relay.
“Lambert anchored the 4 x 200 and passed a runner right at the finish line,” Fletcher said.
“Willey had a good day. We put her in high jump and she had never done it before. But that is one thing about these relays. You sometimes have to use girls in events they normally don’t compete in.”
NorthWood’s top performance came in the sprint medley as sophomore LaShae Nisly, sophomore Allison Purcell, junior Jessica Borkholder and senior Angelica Ramon were fourth.
NorthWood coach Adam Yoder said, “There are two ways you can approach this meet. You can spread yourself out and get a lot of kids involved or you can as we did use your better kids in a lot of events to get them a good workout. I was pleasantly surprised by our efforts in the field events.
“Freshman Mariah Williams had a good day. This is her first year in the sport.”
Concord won the high jump as sophomore Michelle Detwiler and junior Mitzi Supper were tied for the day best jump (4-10) and junior Janell Smart was tied among a group of 12 competitors for the next best (4-8).
“We ran very well today,” Concord coach Lindsay Yoder said.
“We had a number of girls that couldn’t be here. (Senior) Melissa DuBois couldn’t be here due to a college visit. Other girls were ill and another had a wedding to attend.
“Detwiler and Smart both had good days on the track and in high jump.”
*1600-METER RUN RELAY — 1, Corinne Comminator (Northridge) 5:08.57; 2, Sierra Moore (Elkhart Memorial) 5:13.27; 3, Jennifer Schrock (Northridge) 5:24.71; Ericka Rinehart (Angola) 5:32.42; 5, Kristina Galat (Penn) 5:35.66; 6, Lauren Pottschmid (Penn) 6:36.23; 7, Kacie O’Neal (South Bend Riley) 5:38.96; 8, Alexia Zawadzke (East Noble) 5:41.30.
SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY — 1, Westview (Kylie Barker, Sabrina Whitaker, Skyler Carpenter, Jessica Varney) 1:11.88; 2, East Noble (Lydia Walterhouse, Melissa Huff, Kavan Edwards, Ceairra Bentley) 1:12.67; 3, Concord (Cianna Bonfiglio, Olivia Kauffman, Cassidy Field, Mckenah D’Arcy) 1:14.51; 4, Elkhart Memorial (Stephanie Bettis, Michelle Bowen, Jameia Griffin, Tonisha Maddox) 1:18.67; 5, NorthWood (Lindsay Ziegler, Jordyn Romersberger, Alana Strycker, Allison Purcell) 1:18.72; 6, Portage (Shakiea Boyd, Madison Kurtz, Ali Johnson, Dominique Turney) 1:19.17; 7, Penn (Kelcie Bailey, Brenna Huff, Shayna Berg, Mia Sheppard) 1:19.62; 8, Elkhart Central (Courtney Piazza, Courtney Simpson, Hannah Miers, Arianna Tejada) 1:20.95.
4 x 100-METER RELAY — 1, Portage (Shakiea Boyd, Isabel Melendez, Jade McKnight, Jalena Millsap) 52.00; 2, Angola (Lindsay Dyson, Kennedy Trine, Bailey Himman, Emily Watkins) 52.42; Elkhart Central (Olivia Jenks, Tatiyana Gates, Beatrice Thomas, Jametria Culbreath) 52.59; 4, Penn (Brittney Fuller, Emily Quinlan, Whitney Grace, Lindsey Grochowalski) 52.74; Westview (Jeslyn Zimmerly, Mandy Jones, Kelsey Carmack, Sabrina Whitaker) 52.75; 6, DeKalb (Leah Getts, Grace Burris, Brittni Beerman, Kendall Kelley) 52.82; 7, Elkhart Memorial (Ashayla Mills, Kayla Pawling, Tailor Schultheis, Victoria Mills) 52.91; 8, Northridge (Lauren Lambert, Christina Juroff, Angela Gonsales, Brooke Potter) 53.04.
4 x 800-METER RELAY — 1, East Noble (Bryttany Lang, Courtney Casselman, Riley Larson, Morgan Allen) 10:24.87; 2, Northridge (Mandy Campbell, Olivia Golden, Nikki Willey, Kayla Rothi) 10:26.61; 3, Penn (Sophie Glassford, Ally Marlow, Erika Poncedeleon, Courtney Lapehn) 10:30.96; 4, Angola (Ericka Rinehart, Maria Clemons, Maleah Mortoff, Brittany Beard) 10:39.60; 5, NorthWood (Cynthia Medina, Mariah Williams, Karlie Kratzchmar, Inger Yoder) 10:51.38; 6, Concord (Janell Smart, Erika Froste, McKenah D’Arcy, Jenn Reyes) 11:03.06; 7, DeKalb (Kara Robinett, Kacey Wells, Madison Vanwye, Tiara Teders) 11:06.60; 8, Portage (Erin Reynolds, Raquel Cervantes, Megan Cassidy, Mackenzie Jones ) 11:07.94.
800-METER SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Westview (Jeslyn Zimmerly, Rachelle Whitaker, Mandy Jones, Skyler Carpenter) 1:52.22; 2, Northridge (Bekah Ross, Lauren Lambert, Christina Juroff, Mackenzie Gray) 2:10.02; 3, Elkhart Central (Holly Lehman, Azariah Stahl, Beatrice Thomas, Jametria Culbreath) 1:58.83; 4, NorthWood (LaShae Nisly, Allison Purcell, Jessica Borkholder, Angelica Ramon) 1:59.51; 5, Penn (Marina Jameson, Mercedes Williams, Brittney Fuller, Emily Quinlan) 2:01.15; 6, East Noble (Molly Tipton, Brianna Decamp, Tara Stockert, Cassie Gram) 2:03.54; 7, Concord (Kelsey Seddon, Cianna Bonfiglio, Michelle Detwiler, Natalie Ogle) 2:03.65; 8, South Bend Riley (China Cotton, Teleah Howard, Quadira, Jessica Rife) 2:06.60.
4 x 400-METER RELAY — 1, Elkhart Memorial (Victoria Mills, Haley Lehman, Sierra Moore, Allison Hoefle) 4:16.36; 2, South Bend Riley (Sherrie Brown, Ayiana Gains, Sequia Hudson, Breaunna Jackson) 4:17.48; 3, Penn (Annie Jones, Sara Tadevich, Kelcie Bailey, Kristen Johnson) 4:17.66; 4, DeKalb (Kristen Russell, Caren Hernandez, Kendall Kelley, Brittni Beerman) 4:19.72; 5, Northridge (Mandy Campbell, Corinne Cominator, Brianna Eggleston, Jennifer Schrock) 4:28.16; 6, Portage (Victoria Ostrander, Rachael Gonzalez, Dominique Turney, Katie Engel) 4:30.26; 7, East Noble (Ceairra Bentley, Alyssa Claymiller, Kaley Fulk, Courtney Casselman) 4:30.56; 8, Concord (Ericka Froste, Michelle Detwiler, Cassidy Field, Janell Smart) 4:35.88.
4 x 200-METER RELAY — 1, Westview (Jeslyn Zimmerly, Skyler Carpenter, Mandy Jones, Kelsey Carmack) 1:50.21; 2, Northridge (Mackenzie Gray, Lauren Lambert, Christina Juroff, Bekah Ross) 1:52.92; 3, Elkhart Central (Holly Lehman, Azariah Stahl, Beatrice Thomas, Jametria Culbreath) 1:52.95; 4, Penn (Mercedes Williams, Emily Quinlan, Marina Jameson, Lindsey Grochowalski) 1:52.98; 5, South Bend Riley (Shelby Heckaman, Aryauna Herron, China Cotton, Teleah Howard) 1:54.55; 6, Concord (Cianna Bonfiglio, Tani Bradley, Michelle Detwiler, Natalie Ogle) 1:57.20; 7, DeKalb (Hayley Gibson, Grace Burris, Brittni Beerman, Kendall Kelley) 1:57.22; 8, Elkhart Memorial (Victoria Mills, Avdrianna Goodman, Tonisha Maddox, Kayla Pawling) 1:57.74.
DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Penn (Ally Marlow, Sophie Glassford, Lauren Pottschmid, Kristina Galat) 22:49.40; 2, Westview (Mandy Jones, Jen Robledo, Janell Bender, Kaitlyn Warren) 23:11.27; 3, Angola (Emily Watkins, Brittany Beard, Maria Clemons, Ericka Rinehart) 23:14.66; 4, Northridge (Corinne Cominator, Jennifer Schrock, Kelsey Graber, Madie Royce) 23:28.25; 5, Portage (Salina McConnell, Abby Trader, Paige Pizer, Rhyan Sloan) 23:32.36; 6, East Noble (Morgan Allen, Courtney Casselman, Bryttany Lang, Alexia Zawadzke) 23:35.58; 7, Elkhart Central (Madeline Thomas, Hailey Salisbury, Abby Taylor, Amanda Dibley_ 24:41.36; 8, Elkhart Memorial (Samantha Green, Kathryn Luft, Alisa Zoller, Morgan Severeid) 24:49.80.
FRESHMAN 800-METER SPRINT MEDLEY — 1, Angola (Lindsay Dyson, Kennedy Trine, Makenzie, Kate Capkovitz) 2:00.24; 2, DeKalb (Hayley Gibson, Emily Wallace, Kristen Russell, Caren Hernandez) 2:04.10; 3, Penn (Danielle Allie, Mia Sheppard, Amani Hardict, Annie Jondle) 2:04.42; 4, Portage (Jessenia Tribble, Victoria Ostrander, Jalena Millsap) 2:04.79; 5, NorthWood (Janelle Marchant, Lanecia Sharp-Taylor, Mariah Williams, Hanna Rohrer) 2:06.63; 6, East Noble (Camille Clark, Kaley Fulk, Lydia Walterhouse, Alyssa Claymiller) 2:06.79; 7, Elkhart Memorial (Ashayla Mills, Tatyana Brown, Tailor Schultheis, Tonisha Maddox) 2:07.39; 8, Concord (Kelsey Seddon, Christy Ramos, Cianna Bonfiglio, Jessica Leiter) 2:07.70.
**HIGH JUMP — 1, tie, Michelle Detwiler (Concord), Mitzi Supper (Concord) and Lilly Russo (Northridge) 4-10; 4, Azariah Stahl (Elkhart Central) 4-8; 4, tie, Alexis Dodge (Penn), Kara McLaughlin (East Noble), Angelica Ramon (NorthWood), Stephanie Bettis (Elkhart Memorial), Donya McKinney (Elkhart Central), Janell Smart (Concord), Sierra Conway (Angola), Makenzie Simmons (Angola), Sherrie Brown (South Bend Riley), Melissa Huff (East Noble) 4-8, Sabrina Whitaker (Westview).
**LONG JUMP — 1, Skyler Carpenter (Westview) 18-0 1/2; 2, Mandy Jones (Westview) 17-2 3/4; 3, Christina Juroff (Northridge) 15-11 1/4; 4, Jade McKnight (Portage) 15-10; 5, Kendall Kelley (DeKalb) 15-9; 6, Emily Watkins (Angola) 15-8 3/4; 7, Stephanie Bettis (Elkhart Memorial) 15-5 3/4; 8, Allison Purcell (NorthWood) 15-2.
**POLE VAULT — 1, Jeslyn Zimmerly (Westview) 11-0; 2, Kristen Russell (DeKalb) 10-6; 3, Kennedy Trine (Angola) 10-0; 4, tie, Katie Engel (Portage), Whitney Grace (Penn) and Kelly McNarney (Penn) 9-6; 7, Kourtney Sappenfield (Penn) 9-0; 8, Jessica Tuttle (NorthWood) 9-0.
**DISCUS — 1, Rachel Dincoff (DeKalb) 136-10 1/4; 2, Mallory Conrad (Elkhart Memorial) 121-11; 3, Kara Eck (DeKalb) 115-4 1/2; 4, Jacey Cauhorn (East Noble) 110-6; 5, Tia Garrnett (East Noble) 105-4; 6, Cara Albert (Elkhart Memorial) 10-5-1 1/2; 7, Kim Swank (Northridge) 104-5; 8, Jenai White (Elkhart Central) 102-2 3/4.
**SHOT PUT — 1, Rachel Dincoff (DeKalb) 42-4 1/4; 2, Kara Eck (DeKalb) 36-11 1/2; 3, Lanecia Sharp-Taylor (NorthWood) 36-6 1/4; 4, Mallory Conrad (Elkhart Memorial) 36-4; 5, Deanna Cornelius (Elkhart Memorial) 36-0; 6, Melanie Nellis (Penn) 35-11; 7, Jenai White (Elkhart Central) 35-7; 8, Madison Stewart (Northridge) 34-8.
*For the team standings points were awarded on the combined efforts of two teammates but the results reported individual efforts.
**For the team standings points were awarded on the combined efforts of three teammates but the results reported individual efforts.
The 27th annual Northridge Girls Relays were just another typical outstanding day for Skyler Carpenter.
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