Clipped From The Kokomo Tribune
Eight year drought over for Wildkats Kokomo edges Maconaquah for sectional title ByJOHNDEMPSEY Tribune sportswriter After eight years of finishing second or third, Kokomo's girls track team won its third IHSAA Northwestern Girls Track Sectional Sectional Tuesday night. Victories in the high jump, 400- meter relay and 200 dash propelled propelled the Wildkats to 77 points and a nine-point victory over defending champion Maconaquah. The Braves finished with 68 while Logansport was third with 61 and Lewis Cass fourth at 58. Kokomo, which scored points in all but one event will take eight individuals individuals and bod\ relay teams to the Bremen Bremen Regional Wednesday. "If s been a long dry spell," Kokomo coach Terry Lower said. "This was a team victory. The girls ran dieir guts out. Everybody gave dieir best efforts of die season. "We got a lot of points we weren't expecting. I'm proud of what I've seen, not only in the results, but in the effort and hard work of the girls." Those efforts began at the beginning beginning of the meet and continued right on through to the final event — the 1,600 relay. Denise Swiercz won the high jump and Stefani Butler edged Logansport's Jaime Scagnoli at the line for third in the 100 dash. Kokomo's 400 relay team of Butler, Butler, Seanda Holliday, Kim Dillard and Natalie Truitt cut nearly a half second off its previous best. Katryna Richard turned in a personal personal best while finishing fourth in the 400 and Stephanie Fischvogt Fischvogt came out of the second section to place in the 300 low hurdles. Strong finishes in the four of the final five events gave Kokomo its long-awaited championship. Jenny Merrell and Sherri Dockemeyer Dockemeyer went 34 in the 800. Natalie Truitt blasted the 200 competition with a time of :26.94 and Adrianna Adrianna Rozzi added a second in the shot put to go with a third in the discus. Kokomo guaranteed its victory with a fourth in the 1,600 relay, run with the team's alternates, Merrell and Fischvogt, in place of Patty 'and Debbie Benziger. "Only two of our regular four girls ran on the 1,600 relay and we were able to match our season best," he said. "Jenny and Steph came in and gave us all they had." Lower was proud of his team's efforts. "Natalie had a tremendous 200. She just ran a great race. Adrianna had a great night with a second in the shot and third in the discus. And the 400 relay was only .07 off the school record and that was set at the state meet." Nine girls, led by senior Mindy White, and the 1,600 relay will represent Maconaquah next week. White delivered victories in the 100 dash and long jump and earned a spot in the in the 200. Distance runners Kim Olson and Carrie Caraco were responsible for 26 of the Braves' points. Olson finished second to Pioneer's Anita Allen in the 1,600 and 3,200 while Caraco was fourth in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200. Mindy Gingerich earned the Braves' other regional berth by tying for second in the high jump and a fourth in the 300 hurdles. "I'm happy with second," Coach Dave Noonan said. "I thought Kokomo had a very strong team. I can't really think of anywhere we could have done any better. "Mindy went a foot, 2 inches longer than anyone else in the long jump. And our 1,600 relay surprised me. They took eight or so seconds off their best," Jami Woolever put both Cass victories in the book. She started with a victory in the 100 hurdles. Then, the senior cut her time in the 300 hurdles to :47.41 — .6 better better than her season best. Plus, she tied for second in the high jump. Jenny Rice and Christi Spradlin turned in Cass' other strong individual individual performance. Rice earned berths to the regional in the shot put and discus and Spradlin took second in the long jump. "Jami had an awesome night," Cass coach Cindy .Collins said. "Now, if she can pull through in the regional and go to state it will make her senior year perfect. "The 400 relay did very well. And it was nice to see Christi Spradlin finish second in the long jump and Jenny had her best throw of the year in the discus." Western's Amy Kenner finished second three times: twice to Woolever in the hurdles and as a member of the 1,600 relay team. Tonya Plodder won the shot put for Eastern and finished second in the discus. Laurie Martin earned the Comets' other regional qualifying qualifying spot in the long jump. Plus, Jamie Frisch qualified for the regional in two dashes with a second in the 200 and fourth in the 400. Katie Schieffer will represent represent Northwestern in the high jump after a second-place finish.