By Jake Thompson
CRAWFORDSVILLE — The Tri-West girls’ track team continued to make school history last night in Crawfordsville. The Bruins took home their second consecutive Sagamore Conference crown in as many years, marking just the second time in Tri-West history that the team has won a conference title.
“It’s spectacular for the girls, I’m just so happy for them,” Tri-West coach Brian Powers said. “They come in and work hard everyday in the winter and spring. They do whatever needs to be done and hold themselves and each other accountable.”
Tri-West (104) edged Crawfordsville (93) as Frankfort (88) placed third, Lebanon (84.5) finished fourth, with Southmont (65), Western Boone (63.5) and North Montgomery (38.5) rounding out the field.
The Bruins took the victory with a slew of first, second and third place finishes.
Tri-West’s team of Paige Lowe, Jordan Lightner, Keanna Lazaro and Megan Cole won the 4x100 and the Bruins took second in the 4x400 and 4x800 for a great showing in the relays.
Lowe also finished with two seconds in the 100 (13.85) and 200 (28.60).
Lisa Anderer won the long jump, the evening’s last event and assured the Bruins a victory.
Sophomore Karen Jones continued to impress in the shot put and discus events.
Jones placed second in the discus (101-00) and third in the shot put (34-07.50).
Kayla Stamm placed third in the 400 while teammate Carrie Chappell took third in the 3200. Lazaro placed second in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.
For the Danville girls, a few more points here or there could have jumped them into third place.
“We knew it was going to be really close and we would definitely have liked to have been on the upper end of that pack,” Danville coach Pat McKenzie said. “But, I felt like the girls really worked hard, ran well and performed well.”
The Warriors’ Olivia Stevens took home two conference titles with wins in the 100 (17.14) and 300 (48.74) hurdles.
“In the trials I didn’t do as well as I wanted because it was super windy,” Stevens said. “In the finals I fought through the wind and tried my best. It feels good, I just tried my hardest.”
Cami Collins took second in the pole vault (8-0), and tied the winner in height, but fell short in attempts. Teammate Lydia Russell was in the same situation as Collins in the high jump finishing third by way of attempts.
The 4x100 team of Collins, Chelsea Gould, Briana Bailey and Ashley Dickey placed third for the Warriors.
Andrea Utley placed fourth and fifth in the discus and shot put, respectively as Melanie Foreman took fifth in the 3200.
On the boys’ side, Tri-West (71) took fifth and Danville (66.5) finished sixth. Southmont (135.5) won followed by Frankfort (108), Lebanon (86) and Western Boone (74).
Tri-West’s Austin Lazaro capped a stellar conference career with two individual wins in the 100 and 200 and a team victory in the 4x100 with Joey Pfeifer, Kyle Cook and Evan Moser (44.32). The team just missed the Sagamore record of 44.10 as Lazaro trailed with nearly 50 yards to go before passing a Southmont runner for the victory.
“It’s awesome actually,” Lazaro said of going out a conference champion. “This year I’m just running the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400 to try and get our team some points. We go first and second usually in the 100 and 200.”
Tri-West freshman Wes Cook took second in the 100 and 200, making up the other half of that duo, and the sprinting events look good for the next several years for the Bruins.
Tri-West placed third in the 4x400 and Kyle Cook also took third, but in the long jump. Senior Jon Staton threw a personal best 42-10 in the shot put, taking fifth.
Danville’s Jonathan Curtis was the lone Warrior to take home a boys’ title with his win in the 100 hurdles (16.86). Curtis finished third in the 300 hurdles.
Danville’s 4x800 team of Adrian Coleman, Sam Bratton, James Thorpe and John Richardson took third. Nick Gilliam placed third in the 100 and fifth in the 200. Thorpe finished third in the 800.