The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:50 pm

Northrop girls win 10th straight regional track title

AUBREE REICHEL | For The Journal Gazette

MARION — The trend continues for the Northrop girls track team as the Bruins won their 10th straight Regional Championship at Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday.

"There were about four or five teams at the top that any one of the five could have come out team champions if things went different ways," coach Terry Milton said. "It feels great. it never gets old. Each year is completely different and what makes this year so special, we've got unexpected points from athletes that stepped up."

Northrop beat out runner-up Homestead 86-68 while South Adams and Carroll tied for third with 39 points. Norwell was fifth with 37.

One area that's been different this year is in the field events, particularly the throws.

Bruins' Alicia Tiney-Williams broke the regional record in shot put with 47-0.5 and teammate Markalah Barnes won discus (126 feet, 4 inches) and finished second in shot put (42-2.25).

"Today, out of nowhere, I was feeling it," Tiney-Williams said. "I just broke the record for regionals and I broke the school record and got a (personal best), finally. It took me all season to get there.

"I'm happy for (Barnes). I know she loves discus so I'm like, 'Go out and do your thing, girl,' and she went out there and did her thing."

Milton believes it's the first time in school history to have two throwers capable of eclipsing 40 feet in shot put on the team at the same time and, after Tuesday's performances, have two individuals win the two throws events at a regional.

"Alicia has always been the top thrower," he said, "and she's got this drive where she doesn't allow or doesn't want Markalah to beat her in anything, but Markalah has bought into training and the teachings bestowed upon her and it just lit a fire under her. She's really been wanting to win one of the events where she competes with Alicia and today she performed at discus."

Northrop's Aniya Harvin won the 100-meters in 12.45 seconds, Dylan Kirkwood won the 300 hurdles (45.58) and each ran a leg on the winning 400 relay (49.56).

"This year's been different," Kirkwood said. "We lost so many people and had so many freshmen coming in. The progression throughout the year kept getting better and better, but we still weren't anywhere near where we were last year.

"Coming into this meet, everyone needed to max out, go 100 percent in every event and that's how we're going to win it."

Other event winners: Homestead's Julia Dvorak won the 800 (2:14.46) and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay (4:00.61) and Spartans' Josephine Gery won pole vault (10-6).

South Adams' Addie Wanner won the 100 hurdles in 14.56 and cleared 5-8.25 to win high jump. She accounted for 28 of the team's 39 points.

"It feels really good because I was not seeded well going into this meet. I had a rough night at sectional (last week)," Wanner said. "My goal was to come from behind and make it to state in all three, let alone get one second (long jump with 18-1.25) and two firsts. I’m super excited."

East Noble's Lexie Moriarity won the 200 (25.47), South Side's Alexis Grider won long jump (18-11.5), Carroll went 1-2 in the 3,200 with Meagan Hathaway (10:50.70) and Abby Green (10:52.77), Norwell won the 3,200 relay in 9:34.61.

Oak Hill's Margo Hornocker won the 1,600 (5:02.13), Westview's Aleka Ernsberger won the 400 (57.57).

The state championships are scheduled for 3 p.m. June 1 at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

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