NEW HAVEN – Bellmont triple-teamed Waynes Brionna Thomas en route to a girls track sectional championship Tuesday.
The Braves, who totaled 154 points to win the sectional, even handed the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters a rare loss.
Bellmont ended its big night with a sectional record in the 1,600 relay, which included Bellmonts talented trio of senior Alexis Harvey and juniors Holly and Bailee Hankenson.
Harvey beat Thomas in the 200 in 24.92 seconds after narrowly losing to the Generals sprinter in the 100.
My friend was able to get me motivated more to get into the 200, Harvey said. Usually I have a really bad block start, but I guess today I had a pretty good one.
Harvey also won the 400 (59.09) and was part of the record-breaking 1,600 relay in 3 minutes, 59.44 seconds. Holly Hankenson won the 100 and 300 hurdles in 15.12 and 45.75 and was second in the long jump, and Bailee Hankenson finished first in the 800 (2:22.54) and 3,200 relay (10:22.80).
Thomas won the 100 (12.16) and was part of the winning 400 relay team (49.68).
For the 200, I started off real slow, Thomas said. I saw (Harvey) in front of me, and I tried to catch up but I let her get too far ahead. I just hunkered down knowing I had to run the (1,600 relay) next and not completely kill myself. (Harvey) came in with faster times than me but I know I could have done better. It just wasnt a good day.
Harvey was ranked No. 1 in the state in the 100 (11.91) and 200 (24.56), while Thomas was second in the 100 (11.92) and 200 (24.66). The two will get a rematch in both events at next weeks Northrop Regional. Homesteads Ari Nelson, who won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 5 1/2 inches, was third in the 100 after coming into the sectional ranked No. 4 in the state.
I will just have to redeem myself in the 200, Thomas said of the regional.
No. 16 Bellmont beat runner-up Columbia Citys 107 to win the team title.
The 3,200 relay team also included freshman Emily Gunsett, and Bailey Beery won the 3,200 in 11:53.59 for the Braves.
We are really excited, and we were expecting to win, Bailee Hankenson said. It isnt about going against specific runners, but we just always want to beat our own times. Alexis Harvey is really, really competitive when it comes to that. She does better when there is someone to push her.
Bellmont beat the former record in the 1,600 relay of 3:59.97, which the Braves set last year.
We had no idea we were going to get that record, Bailee Hankenson said. We were standing on the podium, and they announced it. We were surprised.
It was the Braves first sectional title since 2002.
We just relied on everybody and everybody contributed, and thats why we were able to win so easily, Holly Hankenson said. We knew they were going to be close races (in the 100 and 200) because they are the two best sprinters in the state. It was really cool to see Alexis have a great race and beat (Thomas) in the 200.
Also getting individual wins were: Homesteads Nicole Schneider (discus, 113-11 1/2 ), Columbia Citys Samantha Roush (1,600, 5:09.60), Carlee Hearld (high jump, 5-4) and Megan Deutsch (pole vault, 9-6) and South Adams Hannah Mitchel (shot put, 37- 1/2 ).