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Trojan girls first, boys second at meet

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Emma Thurman of the New Castle High School girls track & field team clears a height of 4-10 to win the high jump event during Tuesday evening’s meet at Neal Field. Thurman also won the 100m hurdles and placed third in the 300m hurdles as the host Trojans finished first ahead of Greenfield-Central and Indianapolis Scecina in the meet.
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Gabby Williams (far left) of the New Castle High School girls track & field team sprints down her lane a little bit ahead of teammate Tristan Barr (far right) in the 100m dash during Tuesday evening’s meet at Neal Field. Williams edged Barr for first place by 0.82 seconds and also won the 200m dash. Barr won the pole vault at a height of 9-6 and also finished third in the long jump as the host Trojans defeated both Greenfield-Central and Indianapolis Scecina.
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Evan Hosea (far right) of the New Castle High School boys track & field team completes his heave of the shot put as others watch to see where it lands during Tuesday evening’s meet at Neal Field. Hosea placed third in shot put and second in the discus as the Trojan boys finished second to Greenfield-Central and ahead of Indianapolis Scecina in the meet.
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Jaycee Wilburn (left) of the New Castle High School boys track & field team passes Archibold of Greenfield-Central in the home stretch of the 800m run during Tuesday evenings’ meet at Neal Field. Wilburn won the event by one second over Martin of Indianapolis Scecina with Archibold third 0.6 seconds behind Martin. The Trojans finished second as a team to the Cougars in the meet.
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Grace Smith of the New Castle High School girls track & field team clears eight feet in pole vault to finish second in the event behind teammate Tristan Barr. Smith also finished second in long jump, third in the 400m dash, and fourth in high jump as the Trojans defeated Greenfield-Central and Indianapolis Scecina in a meet Tuesday evening at Neal Field.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

The weather refused to cooperate much for another high school spring sports event Tuesday evening, as cloudy skies, a light wind, and temperatures in the low 40s were present for a three-way track meet at Neal Field between host New Castle, Greenfield-Central, and Indianapolis Scecina.

Nevertheless, the meet was held and it turned out to be pretty successful for the Trojans, as the New Castle girls finished first and the boys second for their efforts on the chilly day.

Team scores for the girls were New Castle 75, Greenfield-Central 70, and Indianapolis Scecina 5. Scores for the boys side of things were Greenfield 91, New Castle 46, and Scecina 19.

The Trojan girls won seven of the 16 events in the meet to the Cougars’ nine, but garnered enough seconds, thirds, and fourths to edge Greenfield by five points.

“It was a cold day for this triangular meet, but we did OK,” New Castle girls Head Coach Ron Grimes said afterward. “We have senior Gabby Williams coming back to lead us in the sprints, and we have several freshman girls who are stepping up and performing really well for us in some of the other spots.”

Two New Castle girls were dual winners. Senior Gabby Williams won both the 100m (13.68 seconds) and 200m (28.59 seconds) dashes, and freshman Emma Thurman won the high jump (4-10) and the 100m hurdles (19.84 seconds) in which she was the only competitor in the event.

Also finishing first for the Trojan girls were Tristan Barr in pole vault (9-6), which was 18 inches higher than her nearest competitor, Cherlynn (Grace) Saunders in the 3200m run, and the 4x800m relay team. Neither the Cougars nor the Crusaders had any athletes in the latter two events.

“It wouldn’t call it a surprise, but freshman Tristan Barr went for the school record tonight in pole vault,” Grimes explained. “She didn’t get it, but she cleared the height at the school record. We see a lot of potential with her.”

Placing second for New Castle were Grace Smith in pole vault and the long jump, Graci Bowers in shot put, Barr in the 100m dash, Saunders in the 800m run, Bailey Cox in the 1600m run, Cheyanne Lazzelle in the 3200m run, and the 4x400m relay team.

“Grace Smith cleared her personal best in pole vault,” Grimes said, “and several other girls ran really well. I was pleased with the effort tonight.”

Third places for the Trojan girls were garnered by Eliza Madden in the discus and shot put, Barr in the long jump, Smith in the 400m dash, Lazzelle in the 800m run, Grace Lewis in the 1600m run, and Thurman in the 300m hurdles. Earning fourth place for the New Castle girls were Hannah Talbott in the discus and Smith in high jump.

“Our goal is to get better with every meet,” Grimes added.

Brinkhuff was a double winner for Greenfield, taking first place in both the 800m and 1600m runs.

The Trojan boys won four of the 16 events on their side of the meet with the Cougars winning 11 and the Crusaders one.

New Castle’s Tommy Witham won the discus with a toss of 110-1.5, just 3.25 inches beyond the throw of teammate Evan Hosea, and Jaycee Wilburn overtook two competitors down the stretch to win the 800m run by a mere one second in 2:08.2.

The Trojan 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams also finished in first place with times of 46.69 seconds and 3:46.5, respectively. The 4x100m relay team particularly was impressive, with the runner on the third leg blowing by his Greenfield opponent and the fourth runner extending the advantage.

“We had a lot of positives on a really cold day,” New Castle boys head Coach James Allen said, “more than we had in our first meet last week. I felt we competed really well against Greenfield, which is one of the teams in our conference.”

Finishing second for the New Castle boys in addition to Hosea in discus were Drew Jackson in the 200m dash, Austin Morgan in the 3200m run, and its 4x800m relay team.

Taking third place for the Trojan boys were Hosea in shot put, Jackson in the 100m dash, Trevor Morrison in the 200m dash, Jace Logston in the 400m dash, Morgan in the 1600m run, and Layne Nicholson in the 300m hurdles.

Ben Brock in the 800m run and Trevor Ragle in the 1600m run finished fourth for New Castle.

“Among the positive things, Layne Nicholson, a freshman, competed in 300 hurdles and did a really nice job,” Allen added. “Jaycee won his race, our guys in throws and the relays did well, and I was happy to see Britton Adkins out there on the track coming back from an injury. We plan to build on this meet and hope it gets warmer for our next one.”

Brown was a quadruple winner for the Greenfield boys, taking first in the high jump, long jump, and the 100m and 200m dashes. Dekaiser was a dual winner for the Cougars, placing first in both the 110m and 300m hurdles.

The Trojans compete again Friday at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis.