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Bull Dogs go the distance in relays

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One thing was certain at Saturday’s Talon Relays at Brown County High School: Columbus North’s distance runners are good.

Maybe too good.

When Kaden Eaton crossed the finish line in the distance medley relay, it took 29 seconds for Crown Point to show up.

And when Mackenzie Caldwell finished the distance medley relay, it took 31 seconds for Silver Creek to cross.

The Bull Dog boys and girls won a combined six distance events and claimed both the boys and girls team titles.

“We were very satisfied with how everyone did today,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “Of course our distance runners really shined today, but everyone contributed in their own way and set some meet records.”

The boys finished first with 143 points, followed by Crown Point (111), Terre Haute North (79½), Bedford North Lawrence (77), Madison (75), Heritage Christian (56), Silver Creek (51) and Brown County (45½).

Andy Carr won the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 34.12 seconds), with Eaton finishing second (9:40.76). Seth Williams, Michael Keller, Andrew Baldwin and Chris Von Hoene won the 4x1600 relay (18:31.56) and the distance medley team of Carr, Eaton, Kyle Newland and Joe Wright took first (10:39.20).

Kamal Maharjan and Ezra Followell broke Lawrence Central’s meet record in the boys discus at 288 feet, four inches. Tessa and Mara Krempel broke meet records in the girls shot put (74-7) and discus (243-7).

“They had a great performance,” Sipe said. “They improved with each throw and didn’t let up when they felt they had a lock on first.”

Maharjan said breaking the four year-old record of 287-9 was a great feeling.

“This was one of my best days of throwing this season,” Maharjan said. “The wind was blowing in the right direction, and we got some good distances today.”

“We had a good week of practice,” Followell said. “I came into it thinking anything could happen. I came out, exploded, and was able to put up a good distance to help break the record.”

Andrew Ng and Tyre Grannemann won the boys high jump (11-4), while Michael Behling took the 110 hurdles (16.06).

The North girls finished first with 156 points, followed by Terre Haute North (146), Brown County (101½), Madison (94), Silver Creek (46½), Bedford North Lawrence (30) and Heritage Christian (11).

Nina Bouthier, Morgan Neal, Aly Bowman and Avrie Allen won the 4x800 relay (10:07.82). Dakota Gates, Haley Meek, Mallory Jones and Gabby Sims took the 800 sprint relay (1:56.45).

Amelia Herrick, Sierra Lax, Bowman and Caldwell won the distance medley relay (12:41.76). Rachel Brougher won the 3200 (11:30.83), and Olivia Malone took the 100 hurdles (16.93).

“It was a great meet for our team,” Malone said. “It’s a fun event to come to, and there are lots of opportunities to improve at what you do. I haven’t been happy with my hurdles this year, but today worked out well.”

Brown County’s Emily Brady and Harley Rogers won the pole vault (20-6). The Eagles finished second in the 4x200 relay (1:51.28), the 800 sprint medley relay (2:01.04) and the 4x100 relay (52.90).

Alaina Glidden and Andi Smith finished second in the shot (64-0), while Brady and Elly Wertz took runner-up in the long jump (31-6¾).

“Our girls are young, and knew this was going to be a competitive field,” Brown County coach Rob Abraham said. “Some of these girls haven’t touched an event before, but we competed real good, and look forward to what’s next.”

On the boys side, the Eagles’ Alex Cade, Mason Derringer, Gabe Fleischman and Evan Markley finished third in the 4x200 relay (1:40.22); and Keith Bechtel, Tyler Coburn, Baylee Mosier and Billy Pruitt took third in the 4x100 throwers relay (57.87).

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