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North boys upset No. 9 Panthers in track

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The Bloomington South boys track team might be happy if it doesn’t see any Columbus schools for awhile.

Columbus North became the second Columbus school in four days to upset the ninth-ranked Panthers on Tuesday when it scored 55½ points to 52½ for Bloomington South and 41 for Franklin Central.

Columbus East downed the Panthers 76-56 on Saturday.

“Bloomington South and Franklin Central are both quality programs, so coming out and getting a win is great,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “Both of those are conference teams, so it’s kind of a boost. It’s great to get a win under your belt, especially in your first meet.”

The 10th-ranked North girls, meanwhile, fell one point short of making it a sweep. Bloomington South edged the Bull Dogs 59-58, and Franklin Central finished with 50.

Sipe held senior Gabby Sims, who finished third in the state in the 400 meters last season, out of that event because of shin splints. Sims did anchor North’s 4x400 relay team, which was in third place, about 50 meters out of first when she got the baton. Sims ran a 58-second split, coming up just a couple meters short of Franklin Central at the finish line.

“She’s been battling some shin splints, so we didn’t want to put too much stress on that leg,” Sipe said. “Gabby Sims is one of the best athletes we have on our team. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to compete tonight, but we’re trying to keep things in her best interests.”

Senior Tessa Krempel had the highlight of the meet, throwing a school-record 132 feet, 8 inches in the discus. She had set the school record at 130-1½ in last year’s season-opener.

“It feels pretty awesome,” Krempel said. “Since it was only a PR of two feet, I of course want to do better by the end of the year. We have an awesome group this year, so I feel like we’re going to have a lot of school records broken by a lot of people.”

Krempel also won the shot put with a throw of 41-¼, a little more than a foot off the school record of 42-2. She threw 43-1¼ at an indoor meet, but that didn’t count as a record.

Other winners for the girls were Debie Gedeon in the 100 hurdles (15.5), Sierra Lax in the 1,600 (5:12) and Mackenzie Caldwell in the 3,200 (10:50.5). Caldwell, Avrie Allen, Nina Bouthier and Aly Bowman took the 4x800 relay in 10:05.5.

For the boys, Kaden Eaton ran a personal-best 4:21.6 to win the 1,600 and 9:37.9 to finish second in the 3,200 behind teammate Andy Carr’s 9:34.7.

“It was a lot of fun seeing everybody’s training come together in a meet and getting to celebrate all the hard work we’ve been doing over the winter and so far this track season,” Eaton said. “I’m excited about what we can do as a team.”

Other winners for the boys were Trevor Shutters in the shot (47-5 1/2), Kamal Maharjan in the discus (140-2), Andrew Jones in the 400 (52.4) and Michael Behling in the 300 hurdles (42.0). Michael Keller, Sam Ford, Joe Wright and Carr took the 4x800 relay in 8:12.1.

“We had solid performances across the board with field events, and our distance crew ran well,” Sipe said. “We ran well in the 300 hurdles. There’s some things that obviously we need to do better, but there’s some things that we can take away that make us happy and are kind of encouraging for the season.”

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