Times Sports Editor
The news was mostly good coming from Terre Haute North High School at the girls' track and field sectional.
The Knights finished in a tie for third with Linton-Stockton and sent a number of athletes on to regional competition. Clay City freshman Carmela Roeschlein will also move on, qualifying in both the 800 and 1,600-meter events.
One of the few clouds on an otherwise sunny afternoon came in the 100 hurdles as second-seeded, Annie Smiley, of Northview caught her leg on the final hurdle and fell in her heat race and missed qualifying for the finals by an ever so slight, four-hundredths of a second. While she won't move on to the regional in the event, she did finish third in the pole vault and will advance in that event.
"Overall I was pretty happy," coach Ryand Tucker said. "I feel bad for Annie, it kind of chokes you up to go from a chance at winning to stumbling on that last hurdle.
"But our 4x100 relay team had their best time," he continued. "That's my philosophy, getting better at the end of the season. You want to make sure your at your best at the end of the season."
Solomon threw 107-0 ½ to win and then followed with a third-place in the shotput, an event she didn't reach the regional in last season.
"She really wanted to win, but her main goal was to qualify in the shotput," Tucker said.
Solomon's toss of 33-6 placed her behind only the winning throw of top-seeded, Arianne Bell of Terre Haute South (35-7) and Terre Haute North's Emily Adams (35-1 ½).
Shandi Travis cleared 5-0 in the high jump in her senior year and moved up a spot to second-place behind Terre Haute North's Rachel Welker, who won with fewer misses at the height. Northview freshman, Tara Summers and Clay City sophomore, Lynsey Higgins were both in the mix until the end before finishing fifth and seventh overall. Brielle Drelick placed ninth for the Eels in her freshman season.
"Having those two is really a blessing," Clay City coach Michael Owens said. "To have two good athletes in an event like that is rare for a school as small as we are."
Roeschlein raced home to a fourth-place finish in the 800 for the Eels, shaving two seconds off her seeded time. Alexa McFadden of Terre Haute North (2:24.89) was the winner by two seconds over South's Tait Johnson.
In the 1,600 meters, Roeschlein made a late charge to take a third-place finish in 5:47.12 and edged out the Knights' Shelby Sands (5:47.64).
Afterwards, Tucker was impressed by Sands' effort in the event.
"Shelby's time in the mile was a personal record by 10 seconds," Tucker said. "Allie (True) and CJ (Barnett) did what they had to do. I know they aren't satisfied with their times, but that's what we can take pride in, being ready when it counts."
True and Barnett each came through to qualify in the 3,200 meters for the Knights as True took third with a late surge and Barnett came along with her. True's finish was 10 seconds better than her seeded time as well.
The Northview 4x100 relay team is slicing away time at the right stage of the season, claiming third-place and a regional spot following a conference championship last week.
The team raced to a 52.68 to place third behind South's time of 52.05 and North's 52.28.
Though his team had just one regional qualifier, Owens felt good about his young team's effort. The Eels had just two seniors in competition on Tuesday.
"I think it was a good experience for the girls and I think it was a great opportunity for them to see the level of competition and what it will take to improve to the next level."
Regional competition for the girls will be at Evansville Central on May 26.
Terre Haute North Girls Sectional
Terre Haute North 149, Terre Haute South 137.5, Linton-Stockton 66, Northview 66, Sullivan 53.5, North Central (Farmersburg) 36, West Vigo 32, Shakamak 30, Riverton Parke 25, Clay City 21, South Vermillion 7
Top-four qualify for regional
100 -- Burkins (THN) 13.19, Allen (THS) 13.66, Falls (RP) 13.71, Ellis (SH) 13.73, Daluga (Ln) 13.79
200 -- Higginbottom (NC) 26.51, Falls (RP0 28.12, Daluga (Ln) 28.84, Allen (THS) 28.97, Ellis (THS) 29.22
400 -- Higginbottom (NC) 57.75, Burkins (THN) 1:00.61, Gambill (SH0 1:0308, Thompson (SL) 1:03.20, 5. Vaeth (THS) 1:03.40
800 -- McFadden (THN) 2:24.89, Johnson (THS) 2:26.63, Cotterman (THN) 2:30.90, Roeschlein (CC) 2:31.46, Beard (Ln) 2:41.36
1,600 -- Fears (THS) 5:42.19, Whitaker (THN) 5:45.98, Roeschlein (CC) 5:47.12, Sands (Nv) 5:47.64, Shew (THN) 5:45.08
3,200 -- Jones (THN) 12:16.47, Clark (THN) 12:52.76, True (Nv) 12:58.43, Barnett (Nv) 13:07.09, Samson (THS) 13:34.37
100 H -- B.Solomon (WV) 16.90, Andis (Ln) 17.14, Bradford (Sl) 17.79, Lucas (WV) 18.32, Stockton (THS) 18.51
300 H -- Steppe (THS) 48.58, Moore (SH) 49.32, Andis (Ln) 49.90, Bradford (Sl) 50.55, Lucas (WV) 51.14
4x100 R -- T.H. South, 52.05, T.H. North, 52.28, Northview, 52.68, Linton-Stockton, 52.90
4x400 R -- T.H. South, 4:17.22, T.H. North, 4:23.96, Sullivan, 4:24.45, Shakamak, 4:26.17, Linton-Stockton, 4:28.81
4x800 R -- T.H. North, 10:27.90, T.H. South, 10:37.54, Sullivan, 10:46.49, Northview, 10:54.38, Linton-Stockton, 12:00.70
HJ -- Welker (THN) 5-0, Travis (Nv), 5-0J, Emmons (Ln) 4-10, Meyers (THS) 4-10, Summers (Nv) 4-10J
PV -- Welker (THN) 9-6, Wilcox (THN) 9-0, Smiley (Nv) 8-6, Beard (Ln) 7-6, Stott (WV) 7-0
LJ -- Higginbottom (NC) 16-2 ½, Falls (RP) 15-11 ¾, Lane (Sl) 15-1, Daluga (Ln) 15-1J, West (Sl) 14-11 ½
SP -- Bell (THS) 35-7, Adams (THN) 35-1 ½, Solomon (Nv) 33-6, Lewis (THS) 33-3 ½, Awbrey (Sl) 29-8 ½
Disc -- Solomon (Nv) 107-0 ½, Bell (THS) 105-10 ½, Lewis (THS) 101-0, Reardon (SV) 101-0J, Adams (THN) 98-0 1/2