GOSHEN – Both Wawasee and Whitko were impressive at Saturday’s Goshen Relays. The girls track extravaganza in general was a memorable one which saw 23 of 28 event records fall and quite a team race for the Class A and B titles.
In the A Class grid, Goshen held off Plymouth to claim the title by a 90-89 count with Wawasee taking third at 75 points. Fairfield’s depth along with a handful of records in tow made the difference in the Class B races, with the Lady Falcons posting 89 points to outdistance Bremen’s 74, Culver Academy’s 64 and Whitko’s 61 points.
Among all of the records falling Saturday was the high jump record of 5-2 by Whitko’s Kaitlyn Reed in what was a sweep by the Lady Wildcats. Achieving 5-0 jumps were teammates Miranda Terrill and Elaine Warner to give Whitko the top three heights.
Warner landed in second place in the long jump with a leap of 16-4 while Reed was part of the second-place 1,600-meter sprint medley team, who along with Abby Overmeyer, Lyndsey Sapp and Brigit Nemitz ran a 4:40.45.
Wawasee didn’t set any records at the Relays, but did have five events land in the top two places. Leading the way was the championship run by the 4×200 relay team of Leigh-Ann Shrack, Skylar Janda, Sarah Lancaster and Catherine Yankosky, which ran a 1:51.70. The same group were second in the 4×100 relay at 53.34.
The 4×100 shuttle hurdle team of Ruby Minnick, Bridgette Yoder, Shelby Swartz and Kelsey Swartz ran a 1:13.03 runner-up time and the 4×800 relay team of Yoder, Madison Miller, Molly Swartz and Delaine Bame also were second place with their 10:35.40.
Katlyn Kennedy sent the shot put 34-1 to take second in the event, six inches short of Ashlynn Smith of New Prairie’s 34-7 Class A record set Saturday. Nobody, however, came close to Class B champ, and the overall record holder Leah Heckaman, who flew past everyone Saturday in the shot put with an incredible toss of 43-3, then backed it up with a record discus toss of 146-04.
Wawasee will set its sights on the Northern Lakes Conference championships Tuesday at Warsaw while Whitko will finish its regular season Monday with a triangular with Tippecanoe Valley and North Miami. The Three Rivers Conference championships are Thursday at Valley.