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EH boys, girls track score second straight MHC sweep

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MARIETTA — Eastern Hancock’s track teams wouldn’t be beaten at Tuesday night’s Mid-Hoosier Conference Meet.

Even by Mother Nature.

Before and after a 90-minute delay midway through the competition because of rain and lightning, the Royals thundered their way to repeat titles, taking five individual firsts combined as well as five of the six relays.

The EH boys outdistanced runner-up South Decatur 140-110.5, while the gulf between the Royals’ girls and second-place Southwestern, the meet host, was even greater, 141-95.

Reaction to the back-to-back Royal double (the boys tied with Indian Creek last year) ranged from an expectation to do so by boys coach Clayton Shultz to outright surprise by his girls counterpart, Jerry Cain.

“We were not supposed to win this,” Cain said. “We were 13-point underdogs (in the seeding). Our kids were terrific. There was no way our kids did not want to win. I’m so proud of our kids. This is unreal.”

Hope Spaulding was the biggest single winner for the Royals. The sophomore splashed her way to victory in the 300 hurdles, going 49.58 seconds in what Cain called “by far her fastest time,” and also ran the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Senior Kiersten Schrope ran outstanding heats to double in the 800 (in the rain, in 2:34.52) and 1,600 (5:52.05).

Kristen Eischen, Shelby Mourey and Karlee Gray teamed with Spaulding in the 4x100 (52.75), and Mourey, Cassey Hancock and Maddie Lee were the others in the 4x400 (4:34.62), the final girls race of the night.

Mourey finished second in the 200 and long jump, and EH was also second in the 4x800 relay. Spaulding added a third in the 100 hurdles.

On the boys side, Justin Cool-Luke matched Spaulding’s blue-ribbon haul, capturing the high jump as well as running the 4x400 and 4x800.

Cool-Luke won the soggy high jump by virtue of fewer misses over teammate Caleb Beyers. Both cleared five feet, 10 inches.

“I thought our kids did a fine job, 1-2 in the high jump,” Shultz said.

Cooper Henderson lept 18-3 to win the long jump, the Royals’ other title.

Runner-up finishers for the boys were Cool-Luke (400), Derrik Noel (800), Jacob Mueller (3200) and Brenden Box (shot put). Isaiah McCormick was third in the 200, as was Cole Cochard in the 110 hurdles.

“We were supposed to win,” Shultz said. “We have a lot of depth on our team and our depth really carried us. Everybody was solid as always.”

The girls run in the Pendleton Heights sectional Tuesday and the boys at Mt. Vernon’s sectional May 22.


Girls “best effort ever”

Cain has been coaching track for 36 years, and he also has coached cross country for 25 and basketball for five seasons.

Of all the teams and athletes he’s guided, he said Tuesday’s performance and effort by his Royals was the best he’s ever seen.

“They were tremendous,” Cain said. “I was dumbfounded and speechless by the way our team performed. The kids wanted to win. But to overwhelm the place was just fantastic.”

Cain said he didn’t think the 4x100 team had a chance. Eischen was running for the first time in 3 1/2 weeks after an injury, and she brought the Royals home solidly ahead of Southwestern. He said the 4x800 team ran 30 seconds faster than it had all year.

“I just can’t get over the effort,” Cain said. “They just weren’t going to lose.”


Boys relays run supreme

Shultz talked about EH’s depth, and it wasn’t more evident than in the relays, as nine runners contributed to the team’s wins.

Noel ran in all three races and Cook-Luke in the 4x400 and 4x800. The two teamed in the finale, the 4x400, along with freshmen Devyn Brinson and Ethan Hayse, and romped by nearly four seconds in 3:45.69.

“We obviously did well in the 4-by-4,” Shultz said. “Last week, we did 3:36 and we certainly can do better.”

In the 4x100, it was Noel, McCormick, Sam Carlton and Austin Smith to win in a snappy 45.66. Cool-Luke, Noel, Mueller and Clayton Brumfield cruised as well in the 4x800, in 8:48.42. It was the first time this 4x800 team had run together, Shultz said.

“Our kids pushed through, getting the job done and staying the course,” Shultz said.


Mid-Hoosier Conference Girls Track and Field Championships, Tuesday at Southwestern

Girls Team Results

Eastern Hancock 141, Southwestern 95, Knightstown 72, Indian Creek 64, Hauser 57, Morristown 44.5, South Decatur 43.5, Waldron 41, North Decatur 17, Edinburgh 9

Girls Top 3 individual/relay results

100: 1. Kistler (SW) 13.46; 2. Eischen (EH) 13.82; 3. Wilmer (SD) 13.93

200: 1. Kistler (SW) 28.41; 2. Mourey (EH) 28.45; 3. McDaniel (HA) 29.62

400: 1. Thomas (SW) 1:04.46; 2. Vaughan (KT) 1:06.48; 3. Bartko (IC) 1:06.55

800: 1. K. Schrope (EH) 2:34.52; 2. Back (KT) 2:36.25; 3. Montarsi (MT) 2:42.41

1600: 1. K. Schrope (EH) 5:52.05; 2. Shoaf (HA) 5:53.99; 3. Hamilton (SD) 6:05.18

3200: 1. Russell (IC) 12:35.58; 2. Shoaf (HA) 13:23.10; 3. Hamilton (SD) 13:45.02

100 hurdles: 1. Sander (KT) 17.00; 2. Temple (SW) 17.10; 3. Spaulding (EH) 17.28

300 hurdles: 1. Spaulding (EH) 49.58; 2. Temple (SW) 49.67; 3. Quillin (EH) 51.50

400 relay: 1. EH (Spaulding, Gray, Eischen, Mourey) 52.75; 2. SW (Thomas, Ezell, Kistler, Temple) 53.42; 3. IC (Ferry, Bartko, Lovins, Baugh) 55.52

1600 relay: 1. EH (Hancock, Spaulding, Lee, Mourey) 4:34.62; 2. IC (Russell, Bartko, Kieweg, Sutton) 4:39.44; 3. MT (Hart, Hardwick, Kikendall, Montarsi) 4:49.02

3200 relay: 1. IC (Russell, Dawson, Whitaker, Hayden) 10:59.65; 2. EH (Johnson, Carlton, K. Schrope, E. Schrope) 11:00.93; 3. MT (Harriman, Creekmore, Blackford, Montarsi) 11:20.83

High jump: 1. Ezell (SW) 5-3; 2. Mourey (EH) 5-1; 3. McDaniel (HA) 4-10

Long jump: 1. Sneed (HA) 14-2; 2. Back (KT) 13-6; 3. Temple (SW) 13-5.5

Shot put: 1. Hart (MT) 38-11; 2. Shackelford (SW) 37-00.5; 3. Thomas (KT) 35-5.5

Discus: 1. Lux (WA) 101-06; 2. Kortz (KT) 100-07; 3. Shackelford (SW) 94-11


Boys Team Results

Eastern Hancock 140, South Decatur 110.5, Indian Creek 74, Waldron 61.5, North Decatur 45, Southwestern 44, Hauser 38.5, Morristown 28, Knightstown 26.5, Edinburgh 16

Boys Top 3 individual/relay results

100: 1. Nielsen (ND) 11.57; 2. Campos (SD) 11.78; 3. Brown (IC) 11.85

200: 1. Brown (IC) 24.24; 2. Benge (SD) 24.70; 3. McCormick (EH) 24.77

400: 1. Studler (SD) 52.77; 2. Cool-Luke (EH) 52.97; 3. Hamilton (HA) 54.36

800: 1. Scott (WA) 2:06.41; 2. Noel (EH) 2:11.17; 3. Veach (SW) 2:12.01

1600: 1. Veach (SW) 4:44.57; 2. Yeend (SW) 4:45.70; 3. Claycomb (WA) 4:51.18

3200: 1. Claycomb (WA) 10:47.92; 2. Mueller (EH) 10:58.94; 3. Bowman (IC) 11:08.14

110 hurdles: 1. Cobb (IC) 15.23; 2. Hankins (MT) 16.98; 3. Cochard (EH) 16.99

300 hurdles: 1. Cobb (IC) 41.36; 2. Nielsen (ND) 42.37; 3. Hankins (MT) 42.91

400 relay: 1. EH (Smith, Noel, McCormick, Carlton) 45.66); 2. SD (Meadows, Allen, Campos, Benge) 46.52; 3. IC (Coy, Maness, Cobb, Brown) 46.63

1600 relay: 1. EH (Noel, Brinson, Hayse, Cool-Luke) 3:45.69; 2. SD (Mallott, Meadows, Cowins, Studler) 3:49.29; 3. IC (Coy, Devine, Spruill, Cobb) 3:54.00

3200 relay: 1. EH (Brumfield, Noel, Mueller, Cool-Luke) 8:48.42; 2. SD (Cowins, Clark, Grissom, Studler) 8:53.63; 3. IC (Devine, Spruill, Bowman, Zachery) 9:04.57

High jump: 1. Cool-Luke (EH) 5-10; 2. Beyers (EH) 5-10; 3. Nielsen (ND) 5-6

Long jump: 1. Henderson (EH) 18-03; 2. Nielsen (ND) 18-01.5; 3. Wooten (WA) 17-05.75

Shot put: 1. Sneed (ED) 45-08; 2. Box (EH) 44-10; 3. Ogle (SD) 42-03.5

Discus: 1. May (SD) 130-06; 2. Christy (HA) 128-03; 3. Sneed (ED) 125-07


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