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EH's Mourey sets high jump record at Pendleton Sectional

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PENDLETON — Shelby Mourey was five years away from being born when the previous Pendleton Heights girls sectional high jump record she broke Tuesday had been established.

That would have been 1992.

The Eastern Hancock junior leaped into this meet’s stratosphere with an effort of 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches, sparking a very solid night for the Royals against a tough field.

EH scored 60 points and finished fifth, while Mt. Vernon – with two seconds and a third by Olivia Coleman – checked in third with 104.

Though Mourey jumped a half-inch shy of a career best, she did a half-inch better than the old sectional standard and nearly a half-foot better than runner-up Zoe Harves of MV.

“I thought it was not as good as it could have been, but it was good enough to be a sectional record,” Mourey said. “I’m really happy with the way I jumped (Tuesday) and I just went out there and took care of business.”

Mourey wasn’t done, as she helped the Royals’ 1600-meter relay team to third in the meet’s final event, along with Cassey Hancock, Maddie Lee and Kiersten Schrope. EH pulled away from MV in Schrope’s anchor leg.

The Marauders, though, got the better of EH in the 400 relay and won by four-tenths of a second over the runner-up Royals, with  Javin Whiteside, Aubri Benbow, Phylisia Donaldson and Taylor Riggs.

Donaldson advanced with a second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles. Harves also finished second in the pole vault, while Riggs got fourth in the 100 and Morgan Hayse likewise in the 3200.

The Marauders’ 3200 relay team of Hayse, Leah Chaves, Sam Sanders and Erin Lyday ran third. MV’s regional-qualifying 1600 relay quartet was Benbow, Sanders, Chaves and Donaldson.

“I thought it was a great night for us,” MV coach Jim Leonard said. “I get more out of these girls than any group that I’ve ever coached. They get along great and there’s no drama on this team.”

Other Royals who advanced were Schrope (second in 800), Kaycee Ruble (third in shot put) and Hope Spaulding (fourth in 300 hurdles). Alex Quillin had a sizeable hold on fourth in the 300 hurdles, but she fell on the final hurdle.

“We did a bit better than I thought we’d do,” EH coach Jerry Cain said. “Any time you make it to the regional (with many athletes) with the school our size, that’s great.”

 The undisputed star of the meet was PH’s Kiawna Cottrell, who set four sectional records – the 100, 200, 400 and long jump.

Coleman moves on in three events.

The main thing that stood between Coleman and three wins was Cottrell, but nobody was going to beat the Arabians’ star.

Coleman, though, scored seconds in the 200 and 400, as well as third in the long jump, and got the Marauders 23 points. Just as important, she qualified for the regional in all those events.

“She missed two practices this week and she wasn’t 100 percent,” Leonard said. “(But) she had a great meet (Tuesday). Going into the season, it was either going to be Coleman and Cottrell, or Cottrell and Coleman. You never know what will happen next week.”


Girls Track and Field, Pendleton Heights Sectional, Tuesday

Pendleton Heights 137.5, Lapel 112.5, Mt. Vernon 104, New Castle 62.25, Eastern Hancock 60, Anderson 52, Knightstown 29.25, Daleville 19.5, Blue River Valley 17.25, Cowan 12, Liberty Christian 11, Shenandoah 3.

Individual top four results (top four qualify for regional)

100: 1. Cottrell (PH) 12.39 (sectional record); 2. Sakeuh (LA) 13.03; 3. Whigham (AN) 13.40; 4. Riggs (MV) 13.60.

200: 1. Cottrell (PH) 25.27*; 2. Coleman (MV).

400: 1. Cottrell (PH) 56.85*; 2. Coleman  (MV) 58.69; 3. Smith (NC) 1:00.79; 4. Watkins (LC) 1:03.12.

800: 1. Booher (PH) 2:25.08; 2. Schrope (EH) 2:26.50; 3. Dudley (PH) 2:26.60; 4. Flora (LA) 2:29.91.

1600: 1. Hall (PH) 5:35.22; 2. Flora (LA) 5:38.54; 3. Murali (NC) 5:43.70; 4. Hinton (PH) 5:44.39.

3200: 1. Buck (PH) 11:34.19*; 2. McCarty (PH) 11:45.20; 3. Murali (NC) 13:00.00; 4. Hayse (MV) 13:01.51.

100 hurdles: 1. Sakeuh (LA) 15.70; 2. Thomas (KN) 16.37; Goolsby (AN) 16.40; 4. Donaldson (MV) 16.80.

300 hurdles: 1. Sakeuh (LA) 43.59*; 2. Donaldson (MV) 49.03; 3. A. Benbow (MV) 49.30; 4. Spaulding (EH) 49.50.

400 relay: 1. MV (Benbow, Donaldson, Whiteside, Riggs) 51.99; 2. EH 52.39; 3. AN 52.66; 4. LA 53.49.

1600 relay: 1. LA (Boles, Flora, Miller, Ratzlaff) 4:16.20; 2. PH 4:19.40, 3. EH 4:24.67, 4. MV 4:28.78.

3200 relay: 1. PH (Wolfgang, Buck, Booher, Dudley) 10:03.36; 2. LA  10:31.28; 3. MV 10:42.72; 4. NC 11:21.46.

Discus: 1. Warner (NC) 103-4; 2. Smith (CO) 99-8; 3. Kortz (KN) 99-7; 4. Stephenson (PH) 93-10.

High jump: 1. Mourey (EH) 5-5 1/2*; 2. Harves (MV) 5-0; 3. Boles (LA) 5-0; 4. Schrope (EH) 4-10.

Long jump: 1. Cottrell (PH) 18-3*; 2. Sakeuh (LA) 17-2 1/2; 3. Coleman (MV) 16-3; 4. Smith (NC) 16-0 1/2.

Pole vault: 1. Muniova (NC) 9-6; 2. Harves (MV) 9-0; 3. Herron (NC) 7-6; 4. Horine (PH) 7-6.

Shot put: 1. Thomas (KN) 38-11 1/2; 2. Dickerson (AN) 36-4 3/4; 3. Ruble (EH) 35-2; 4. Stephenson (PH) 31-6 3/4.

*Broke sectional record.

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