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Hancock Co. Track Meet records under assault

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Not a single Hancock County Track and Field Meet record was set in the 2013 competition, but a plethora of marks could fall Wednesday when the Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine boys and girls teams meet Wednesday on the Dragons’ home track for the 33rd annual local showdown.

Most of the county meet records under assault are on the girls side. Here’s a rundown (unless noted, analysis times and distances are based off official pre-meet performance list):

100 Hurdles

Record: 15.68 seconds, Corinne Zehner, NP, 2010.

Analysis: Greenfield-Central ninth-grader Maddie Wise has the top seed time (16.13 seconds) on the pre-meet performance list, but clocked in at 15.54 Saturday at the Greensburg Invitational to break her own school record.

100 Meters

Record: 12.40, Alexis Laska, EH, 2001.

Analysis: G-C’s Sammie McCoy has run a 12.79, but Mt. Vernon’s Olivia Coleman (13.06) is capable of pushing the Cougars’ senior.

400 Meters

Record: 59.00, Audrey Smoot, GC, 2005.

Analysis: Coleman (59.64), now a junior, ran a 58.00 as a freshman at the state meet. After undergoing knee surgery in November of 2012, Coleman is fully healthy again.

200 Meters

Record: 25.70, Shelby Scocozza, NP, 2004.

Analysis: Coleman (26.02) and McCoy (26.85) are within shouting distance.

1,600 Relay

Record: 4:06.07, New Palestine, 2012.

Analysis: The Cougars (4:07.00), led by Savannah Girolami, Amanda Flora, Rebecca Flora and Regan Lewis, are the big favorite, clocking in 21 seconds faster than the second seed.

Long Jump

Record: 16 feet, 8 inches, Tayler Gutierrez, MV, 2010.

Analysis: Coleman has a top leap of 17-01.25 this season.

High Jump

Record: 5-5, Chris Essington, GC, 1982.

Analysis: Eastern Hancock’s Shelby Mourey, who took third place at the Class A-3A Indoor State Finals in March, has notched a school-record leap of 5-6. G-C’s Regan Lewis, a two-time outdoor State Finals podium finisher, is seeded second to Mourey at 5-5, although she holds the Cougars’ program record at 5-8. The county meet record set by Essington in 1982 – the first year of the county meet – is the only record still in existence from that inaugural meet.


Record: 129-5, Samantha Gable, GC, 2008.

Analysis: G-C’s Jackie Landuyt (125-07), a two-time state qualifier, could reach Gable’s mark.

Pole Vault

Record: 10-0, Hannah McKnight, MV, 2010.

Analysis: Savanna Brock set G-C’s school record with a 10-foot clearance in April.

Among boys records under threat:


Record: 158-3.5, Jim Meeker, GC, 1987.

Analysis: G-C’s Tyler Beeson is the top seed at 158-10.

Shot put

Record: 56-10.5, Brett Burkhart, NP, 1987.

Analysis: Beeson is also near the shot put mark, which was set the same year as the discus record. The Cougars’ senior is top seed Wednesday with a distance of 55-8.


Record: 22.63, Jim Seifert, NP, 1984.

Analysis: Chris Poturalski (22.98) from New Palestine is the top seed. Seifert’s 1984 standard is tied for the second-longest county meet record.

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