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KIS Girls Win County Title
May 7, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior high girls track team won the Henry County meet Monday night, defeating Tri, Shenandoah and Blue River. The girls close their season at Greenfield today (Wednesday).
The Lady Panthers took advantage of their depth and scored points with multiple placings in several events.
“We had tremendous efforts from many of the girls in our first meet, dealing with trial heats,” coach Chris Underwood said. “Sixth grader Emily Thomas had a terrific and gutsy performance.”
In the trial for the 100-meter hurdles, Thomas fell going over the third hurdle. Rather than quit, she got up and finished the race, placing second in her heat. She then went on to finish first in the finals. Thomas also jumped her career best in winning the long jump at 13-9, and finished fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Shay Pope won the shot put, was second in the 100-meter dash, and was third in the discus. Casey Back won the 800-meter run with a personal best 2:54, and was closely followed by Jill Gross in third at three minutes flat. Pope, Kaelee Kuhn, Michelle Hochstedler and Ashley Darling also came in second in the 400-meter relay.
Hochstedler won the high jump and joined Darling, Jill Gross, and Casey Back for a come-from-behind second place finish in the 1600-meter relay, anchored by a great leg by Darling. Darling also finished second in the long jump.
Ariel Sturgill placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Jackie Hastings placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, and fifth in both the high jump and 100-meter dash. Cassandra Cox and Rachel Terhide both had personal bests in the 1600-meter run but did not place in a difficult field.
“I was so proud of the way these girls came together and fought tonight,” Underwood said. “For many of them, this was a strange experience, having to run trials to get into finals. But I thought they handled it well. Our eighth graders performed strong as they usually do, and our sixth graders really stepped it up and competed.”
The junior high track and field Lady Panthers whipped Eastern Hancock on April 23, 64-44.
Shay Pope dominated in her four events with four first-place finishes. She won the shot put, discus, 100-meter dash and was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. Ashley Darling won first place in the long jump, was on the winning 4x100-meter relay team, and placed third in the 100-meter hurdles.
Emily Thomas won first place in the 100-meter hurdles, second place in the long jump and 400-meter dash, and took third place in the 200-meter dash.
Jackie Hastings grabbed first place in the high jump and 200-meter dash, and finished in second place in the 100-meter dash.
Ariel Sturgill went home with a second place in the discus and a third spot in the shot put. Casey Back second in the 800-meter run, Rachel Terhide took second in the 1600-meter run, Kaelee Kuhn and MaryBeth Wells were members of the winning 4x100-meter relay team, and Kaleigh Burkman took second place in the high jump.
Pope had a season-best discus throw of 76-7 and Sturgill had a season-best discus throw of 68-7.5. Thomas also had a personal-best time of 18.13 seconds in the 100-meter low hurdles. The Lady Panther 1600-meter relay team of Back, Wells, Jill Gross, and Ashley Darling had their best time of the season of 5:11.
Thomas, Hastings, Back, Terhide and Gross are all sixth graders.
The Lady Panthers lost to a tough and deep Doe Creek team on April 22, 80-20. First place efforts were turned in by Pope in the shot put (33-9) and Sturgill in the discus (67-8).
Hochstedler and Hastings tied for second place in high jump at 4-4. Thomas was second the 100-meter hurdles. Pope also had a third place finish in the discus, while Sturgill was third in the shot put and Darling was third in the long jump.
The 400-meter relay team of Wells, Kuhn, Hochstedler, and Pope had their best time of the year, coming in at 57.9 seconds. Back and Gross ran well with stiff competition in the 800-meter run. Back posted a season-best time of 2:55.
Darling won the long jump with a season best 13-10 and was on the second-place 400-and 1600-meter relay teams. She also was third in the 100-meter low hurdles.
Pope won the shot put and was second in the 100. She was also on the 400-meter relay team that finished second. Thomas was second in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 400-meter run with a personal best time of 1:16.
Hochstedler was first in high jump, fourth in long jump and second in the 400- and 1600-meter relays.
Hastings was second in the high jump and third in the 200, while Sturgill took third in both the shot put and discus. Back claimed a first place ribbon in the 800-meter dash and Gross was second.
“I am very happy with how our season has been going,” Underwood said. “We have a nice mix of eighth graders who consistently provide points and strong performances, and sixth graders who are starting to compete very well. We have 23 girls in all, so many meets we are able to run reserve races as well. We are having fun.”
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