HUBER HEIGHTS — Melissa Barrett set a new district track record in the 800 meter run Friday at Wayne High School with a time of 2:14.65.
The former record of 2:16.32 was set in 2013 by Sarah Trick of Tippecanoe.
Leila Hill won the 300 meter hurdles in 46.18 seconds, won the 100 hurdles in 15.19 seconds and also placed 3rd in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 2-inches.
Both girls’ efforts, along with many others, helped the Northmont girls track team place 2nd overall at the district meet with 113 points. Troy won the meet with 161 points and Wayne placed 3rd with 86 and Butler was fourth with 67 in a field of 12 teams.
Hill was hoping that it would rain because that seems to help her perform at her best.
“What can I say about Leila Hill? She was district champ in the 100 and 300 hurdles and was a member of the 4×200 district champion team. Last year it rained at district and she was district champion in the 100 hurdles and she was begging for it to rain, and she got her wish,” said Northmont Girls Track Coach Joe Barnes. “She is hoping it also rains at regional. They are calling for thunderstorms early and then maybe it will clear off.”
Northmont placed 3rd in the 4×800 meter relay. Melissa Barrett, Madison Blessing, Jordan Rife and Aubrey Kosak crossed the line in 10:21.77.
The team of Lauren Daniel, Mattea Parker, Leila Hill and Jayla Tarver won the 4×200 meter relay in 1:45.10.
In the 4×100 meter relay the team of Katie McCrary, Ashanti McConnell, Lauren Daniel and Jayla Tarver placed 3rd in 50.24 seconds.
Mattea Parker placed 3rd in the 400 meter dash in 1:01.29.
Lauren Daniel placed 3rd in the 200 meter dash in 26.20 seconds and Jayla Tarver placed 4th in 26.63 to give the Lady Bolts valuable points.
Aubrey Kosak just missed qualifying for regional in the 3200 meter run with a 5th place finish in 12:38.62. Only the top four placers in each event advanced to regional.
Northmont won the 4×400 meter relay with Mattea Parker, Lauren Daniel, Marissa Anderson and Melissa Barrett crossing the finish line in 4:03.40.
Jasmine Hooks placed 4th in the shot put with a throw of 32-feet, 11.25 inches.
Saraea Spurgin just missed qualifying for regional in the pole vault with a 5th place finish at 10-feet, 8-inches.
“I am very proud of what the girls accomplished,” Barnes added. “Definitely the middle events did more than expected. Jasmine Hooks gave us a great performance in the shot put. I am just so proud that she was able to make it out to regional. I am real proud of Jayla Tarver who also made it out in the 200 meter dash, which she has been trying to do for the last four years. With this being her senior year it was just awesome to see her accomplish that.”
Barnes was very excited to see Barrett win the 800 meter run in such convincing fashion. She finished almost a full eight seconds ahead of Emma Bryant of Troy.
“Her 800 meter run was just unbelievable,” Barnes added. “The fact that she ran 2:14 to beat the next competitor at 2:22 in the 800 was unbelievable. I expect great things from her in the next couple of weeks.”
The boys team 3rd place finish was the result of an untimely injury to Kameron Gover, one of the team’s top performers. Overall, Northmont Coach Tony Broering was pleased to see many of his athletes move on to regional.
“We had so many guys qualify out to the regional so I was very happy for the boys,” Broering said. “The last five years we have either taken first or second place at district, so we were disappointed a little bit but we had so many boys out injured that we were happy to place third.”
Northmont placed 3rd in the 4×800 meter relay with Jordan Childers, Gage Beireis, Ethan Shade and Charlee Quanseh finishing in 8:23.88.
The team of Amari Spears, Anthony Trammell, Xavier Marable and Drake Hickman placed 3rd in the 4×200 meter relay in 1:30.55.
Xavier Marable won the 400 meter dash in 49.84 seconds.
Drake Hickman placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.88 seconds.
Ethan Shade won the 800 meter run in 1:57.66 shaving nearly 12 seconds off his qualifying time.
Gage Beireis placed 2nd in the 3200 meter run in 9:55.71.
The 4×400 relay team of Ethan Shade, Xavier Marable, Danny Lewis and Amari Spears placed 3rd in 3:30.50.
Christian “Prom King” Wilson won the high jump at 6-feet, 1-inch.
Donavin Wallace placed 4th in the long jump at 20-feet, 10.75-inches.
Danny Lewis placed 4th in the pole vault 12-feet, 8-inches.
“Danny Lewis in the pole vault and Donavin Wallace in the long jump made it to regional, so we were excited about those performances,” Broering added. “Those were their best efforts of the year. Christian Wilson in the high jump has been great all year so we were real happy to see him become the district champion. Xavier Marable won the 400 and Ethan Shade won the 800 so we had so many guys do well that it’s hard not to be ecstatic about our effort. The 4×800 and 4×200 and 4×400 made it out so we had a good day, so it’s weird that we didn’t get a trophy.”
Leila Hill placed 3rd in the long jump at district with a leap of 15-feet, 2-inches.
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