But Molly Blake and Jerra Householder put their minds to ease as they took a first and tied for second in the pole vault surpassing the expected fifth and sixth place finishes. To add to the total Danielle Pippenger and Ashlee Wakeman brought in a first and fifth in the high jump. Pippenger took the long jump with Skyler Barrett coming in sixth. Katie Monk took second in both the shot and discus. With the field events totaling 59 points the girls were on their way.
To lead the running events off Elaine Horn and Alyssa Anderson far exceeded the expected three points in the hurdles. They took third and seventh to add eight points. Barrett and Monk took third and sixth in the 100 meter run. Then Julia Folland who has continued to improve throughout the season finished eighth in the 1600 meter running a best time of 6:21.76. The 4 x100 relay team of Pippenger, Barrett, Wakeman, and Monk had a few extra days to practice the baton exchanges. They remained undefeated taking home the blue ribbon. They not only broke the school record but the conference record as well finishing with a time of 53.76. At this point in the meet there was no looking back. With nine events complete Busco had 87 points.
In the 400 meter run another school record was broken when Brittany McKinney fell across the finish line earning herself a third place finish and a new school record of 1:06.13. Haley Fulkerson finished close behind to finish fourth place. Folland with a smile on her face shone brightly as she captured a third place finish in the 800 meter. The 200 meter and the 4 x 400 relay were left to decide the championship. Pippenger and Wakeman teamed together to score 11 points with third and fourth place finishes in the 200 meter dash.
The 4 x 400 relay team of Fulkerson, Horn, Wakeman, and McKinney walked arm and arm to the starting line, as every Lady Eagle awaited the finish. Would it end the perfect season and would they be the first to win a track conference championship for CMS? As Fulkerson slowly started to pass opposing runners in the first leg of the race, a quick exchange to Horn gave the relay team the lead that continued to grow as each runner took their turn around the track. McKinney finished the race at least 50 meters and nine seconds ahead of the closest team. They too broke the old school record by nearly two seconds, setting another school record with a time of 4:34.82.
It was done with everyone giving their best improving personal records and school records. Was it enough? The announcer started to read the results “Central Noble in 7th place with 17.50 points. Lakeland in 6th place with 37 points. Fairfield in 5th place with 58 points. Westview in 4th place with 82.50 points. West Noble in third with 89 points. Prairie Heights in second place with 95 points. Churubusco in first with 126 points.” Churubusco Lady Eagles were the new LLC conference track champions. Perfect!
Cody Conwell wins, Logan Paris breaks record
Cody Conwell was the lone conference champion, for the CMS boys track team on Wednesday night. A great start, brought the needed acceleration to take home the blue ribbon in the closely contested 100 meter race. Conwell finished fourth in the long jump improving on his own best mark jumping 17′ .25″. Conwell finished out the night with a third in the 200 meter run.
Logan Paris finished second in the discus breaking senior Skylar Greve’s long standing record with a throw of 129′ 6″. Paris also placed seventh in the shot put.
Finishing the points out for the young Eagle team Lyle McParlan finished 7th in the 1600 meter and fifth in the pole vault. Luke Lillmars was seventh in the hurdles and Sheldon Shearer was eighth. The 4 x 100 relay team of Landon Lillmars, Blake Gross, Brient Hicks, and Cody Conwell placed seventh. The 4 x 400 relay team of Landon Lillmars, Caleb Partin, Josh Howk, and Luke Lillmars placed sixth.
Team results are as follows: Westview 140.5, West Noble 126, Fairfield 101, Prairie Heights 71.5, Churubusco 44.5, Central Noble 31, Lakeland 24.5.