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Hancock Co. Track and Field Meet Preview

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32nd Annual Hancock County Track & Field Meet

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: Greenfield-Central High School

Who: Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine

2012 Boys Results:

1. Greenfield-Central 91

2. Mt. Vernon 76

3. New Palestine 63

4. Eastern Hancock 14

2012 Girls Results

1. Mt. Vernon 92

2. New Palestine 72

3. Greenfield-Central 57

4. Eastern Hancock 23


Four Things to Watch


1. Which records could fall?

Earlier this season at the Joe Schott Invitational, Greenfield-Central sophomore Regan Lewis established a new school record in the high jump at five feet, eight inches. Lewis, who placed fifth at state as a freshman, previously shared the old mark of 5-7 with Christine Essington. Essington set the current meet record of 5-5 in 1982. Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and winds less than 10 mph, meaning conditions will be ripe for Lewis to leap Essington once more.

A year ago at this meet, Mt. Vernon sophomore Olivia Coleman announced herself to the county track scene by winning the 400 in 1:00.50 — within striking distance of Audrey Smoot’s mark of 59.00 set in 2005. G-C ninth-grader Savannah Girolami could make a similar impact 2013. Girolami is seeded first (1:00.80) in the 400, narrowly ahead of Coleman (1:01.29).

Girolami has already come through at a big meet, winning the 400 at the eight-team Noblesville Invitational. Coleman, who returned to the track earlier this month at the Hall of Fame Invitational following an ACL tear in November, has shown she can run lower than 59 in important meets, clocking a time of 58.00 to finish fourth at last June’s state meet.

2. Which races are too close to call?

The boys’ 100 features six sprinters who have broken 12 seconds this season: Eastern Hancock’s Sam Carlton and Jesse Grass, Greenfield-Central’s Brandon Bowmer, Mt. Vernon’s Caleb White and New Palestine’s Andriy Vlashyn and Tyler Walden. The pre-meet favorite is Bowmer, the returning title-holder in the 100 and 200. The Cougar senior, seeded first at 11.28, prevailed last year in 11.58, out-touching MV’s Jiamyl McCoy (11.85) and White (12.06).

The girls’ 100 hurdles doesn’t have quite as many contenders, but the chance for a photo finish is just as high now that NP’s Corinne Zehner has graduated. Zehner, now running at Hillsdale College (Mich.), won this event the last three years of her career and set the race record of 15.68 in 2010. MV’s Phylisia Donaldson was second last year in 16.91. Dragon freshman Annabelle Dockins has the top time (16.56) entering Wednesday, but G-C senior Taylor Johnson clocked a 16.30 en route to establishing a new school record at the Greensburg Invitational Saturday.

EH’s Rebekah Dickmander (17.10) and Hope Spaulding (18.40) are also among the contenders, with coach Jerry Cain noting Spaulding recently timed in at 16.97.

3. Will the EH boys rule the field events?

The Eastern Hancock boys lack the depth to make a serious run at the team championship, but should rack up a handful of individual wins in the field events. Derrik Noel (clearing 6-0) and Justin Cool-Luke (5-10) finished one-two in the high jump at the 2012 meet, and both have leapt six feet this season for the Royals.

In the long jump, EH’s Bryce Spegal is seeded second in a wide-open field devoid of former Greenfield-Central standout Matt Dickerson, last year’s victor. Before the season, longtime Mt. Vernon boys coach Bruce Kendall predicted the EH jumpers would “dominate” the county meet.

Mitchell Kramer (shot put) and Josh Ramage (discus) recorded top-four pre-meet throws. With career days, Kramer and Ramage could challenge G-C’s Tyler Beeson, the top seed in each event and the reigning bread-winner in the shot put.

4. Who are the Athlete of the Meet and team title favorites?

Dickerson and Zehner were named boys and girls Athlete of the Meet in 2011 and 2012, with Zehner sharing honors with teammate and fellow 2012 grad Nicole Fluegel last May. Last season, the three AOM winners produced a victory in each of the four events they entered. That’s unlikely to happen this year. The Cougars — with Beeson, Bowmer, Lewis, Jackie Landuyt (throws) — and the Marauders — led by Coleman, Donaldson, Elizabeth Cook (distance), Aliyah Myers (sprints) and Andrew Noble (mid-distance) —sport the best combination of possible multi-event winners and overall team success. Both of those factors come into play when determining Athlete of the Meet.

As for the team championship, the Greenfield-Central boys and Mt. Vernon girls ended the MV boys’ and New Palestine girls’ five-year win streaks last year, and each squad has a great chance to repeat in 2013. Kendall’s Mt. Vernon crew will challenge the Cougars to reclaim the boys county throne.

And coach Jan Hacker’s G-C girls, coming off a victory in the Greensburg Invitational, could be neck-and-neck with the Mt. Vernon, aiming to bring the Cougars their  first girls’ county title since 2005.




3200 Meter Relay       8:18.84     Ross Houk, Seth Rujiraviriyapinyo ,    2011

        Steven Ball & Luke Davis, MV

110 Meter High Hurdles      14.57     Matt Dickerson, MV      1984

100 Meter Dash       10.93     Pat Feeney, NP      2010

1600 Meter Run       4:24.40     Mike Mundy, MV      1984

400 Meter Relay       44.10     Chris Prange, Steve Logan,       2004

        Nate Hutslar & Chris Grider, NP

400 Meter Dash       49.80     Jim Seifert, NP     1984

300 Meter I.M. Hurdles    39.80     Brian Hockett, NP     1999

300 Meter Low Hurdles    39.30     John Clifton, GC     1982

800 Meter Run            1:55.88     Mike Mundy, MV     1986

200 Meter Dash    22.50     Chris Grider, NP     2004

3200 Meter Run          9:34.50     Jeff Wheeler , MV     1985

1600 Meter Relay        3:25.20     Matt Chandler, Pat Feeney,       2008

        Chris Scott & Sean Cochran, NP

Shot Put    56-10.5     Brett Burkhart, GC     1987

Discus             158-3.5     Jim Meeker, GC     1987

High Jump             6-7.75     Jamie Bell, GC     1986

Long Jump             22-0.5     Greg Wyatt, GC     1986

Pole Vault              15-0      Tucker Field, MV     2008



Year    School    Coach

1982      G-C        Clayton Myers

1983      G-C        Clayton Myers

1984      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

1985      G-C        Clayton Myers

1986    G-C        Clayton Myers

1987      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1988      G-C        Clayton Myers

1989      G-C        Clayton Myers

1990      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1991      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1992      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1993     G-C        Larry Collins

1994     G-C        Larry Collins

1995      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1996      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1997      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1998      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

1999      New Palestine        Miles Hercamp

2000      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

2001    G-C        Brad Webster

2002    G-C        Brad Webster

2003    G-C        Brad Webster

2004     New Palestine    Miles Hercamp

2005      Mt. Vernon    Bruce Kendall

2006      G-C        Dan Bender     

2007      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall    

2008      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

2009      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

2010      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

2011      Mt. Vernon         Bruce Kendall

2012    G-C        Scott Burton 




3200 Meter Relay        10:02.24     Lauren Joray, Madison Carpenter,      2011

        Caitlynn Edon & Courtney Edon, NP

100 Meter Low Hurdles  15.40     Cara Lane, NP     1993

100 Meter High Hurdles    15.68     Corrine Zehner    NP     2010  

100 Meter Dash    12.40     Alexis Laska      EH     2001

1600 Meter Run    5:17.04     Breanna Lawyer      EH     2009

400 Meter Relay    50.80     Kristen Smith, Shelby Scocozza,     2004

        Joni Hite & Melissa Gentry, NP

400 Meter Dash          59.00     Audrey Smoot      GC     2005

300 Meter Hurdles        45.43     Corinne Zehner      NP     2012

800 Meter Run           2:22.60     Audrey Smoot      GC     2004

200 Meter Dash           25.70     Shelby Scocozza     NP     2004

3200 Meter Run         11:32.00     Amye Adcock      MV     2005

1600 Meter Relay       4:06.07     Lauren Joray, Nicole Fluegel,      2012

        Lauren Kehrt & Corinne Zehner, NP

Shot Put             42-11     Samantha Gable     GC     2007

Discus            129-5     Samantha Gable     GC     2008

High Jump              5-5      Chris Essington      GC     1982

Long Jump             16-8      Tayler Gutierrez    MV     2010

 Pole Vault        10-0      Amanda Wineman   NP     2008

    10-0      Hannah McKnight    MV     2010



Year    School    Coach

1982      G-C        Bob Caldwell

1983      G-C        Bob Caldwell

1984      Mt. Vernon        Joni Greulich

1985  Greenfield-Central        Larry Collins

1986      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1987      Mt. Vernon         Joni Greulich

1988      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1989      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1990      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1991      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1992      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1993      New Palestine         Tim Swegman

1994      New Palestine        Tim Swegman

1995      Eastern Hancock        Jeff Glascock

1996      Eastern Hancock        Jeff Glascock

1997      New Palestine         Dana Merrick

1998      Mt. Vernon         Kathy McCord

1999      Mt. Vernon         Kathy McCord

2000      Mt. Vernon         Kathy McCord

2001      Eastern Hancock        Jeff Glascock

2002      Mt. Vernon         Kathy McCord

2003      G-C        Jan Hubers

2004      New Palestine         Tony Cross

2005      G-C        Jan Hacker

2006      Mt. Vernon         Ken Hanna    

2007      New Palestine         Dave Hauser    

2008      New Palestine         Dave Hauser

2009      New Palestine         Dave Hauser

2010      New Palestine         Dave Hauser

2011      New Palestine         Dave Hauser

2012      Mt. Vernon         Tim Leonard 

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