Sectional preview: Girls track and field

Pendleton Heights Sectional, Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. 

Teams: Anderson, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Blue River Valley, Daleville, Eastern Hancock, Knightstown, Lapel, Lawrence North, Liberty Christian, Mt. Vernon, New Castle, Pendleton Heights, Shenandoah.

Who to watch: Alexa Christenson, Kiara Gibson, Alexis Franklin, Margaret Schleter, Riley Chambers, Taylor Stine, Liberty Durham, Bailey Allen, Annie Floyd.

Last season: Lawrence North had little trouble holding off the rest of the field and took home the sectional championship with 131 points. Mt. Vernon (90) and Eastern Hancock (59) were third and fourth, respectively. Mt. Vernon’s Alexa Christenson won two individual titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and helped the Marauders’ 400-meter relay team finish in first, as well. Eastern Hancock’s Taylor Stine was second in the 400-meter dash.

Regional: Those who advance will run at the Ben Davis Regional on May 23.

From the Expert

“There are some decent times in the Pendleton Heights girls’ sectional, but nothing that stands out other than Lawrence North’s Grace Dean. Dean is the sectional leader in the 800 and 1600, and her 1600 season-best is good enough for fifth in the whole state of Indiana, since track and field isn’t classed here. Pendleton Heights has a distance stud in Faith Baer, who doesn’t appear to have run a 3200 yet this season and appears to be focused on the 1600. Baer was 20th in the state finals in cross country this fall.”

– Parker West,

Shelbyville Sectional, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Teams: Beech Grove, Central Christian Academy, Franklin Central, Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Marshall, Indianapolis Scecina, Morristown, New Palestine, Roncalli, Shelbyville, Triton Central, Warren Central.

Who to watch: Sidney Cook, Jenny Flora, Mackenzie Polster, Emily Jones, Crystal Peterson, Hannah Burkhart, Jordan Reid, Kaylin Casner, Kylie Dhonau, Lillie Cain, Olivia McKilligin.

Last season: At Warren Central, the host Warriors finished with 192 points to earn the sectional title. Franklin Community was second, while Greenfield-Central (67) and New Palestine (66) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Lillie Cain won an individual sectional championship in the shot put for the Dragons, while Jenny Flora was second for the Cougars. Greenfield-Central’s Emily Jones was also second in the pole vault and Sidney Cook finished second in the 800-meter run. Cook also helped the Cougars’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams advance to regional competition. New Palestine’s Kylie Dhonau was third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Regional: Those who advance will run at the Franklin Community Regional on May 23.

From the Expert

“The Shebyville Sectional is loaded in the sprints. Warren Central, sprint powerhouse of Indiana, is going to be showing off their talents that won them a state championship in 2015. They should go 1-2 in every sprint event up to the 800. In fact, they may win every single event on the track except for the 800 and 1600.”

– Parker West,

The IHSAA State Track and Field Finals are scheduled for June 3 in Bloomington.


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