By Nick Gonnella Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
---- — The North Decatur track and field teams showcased their abilities Tuesday night in a tri meet against South Decatur and Rushville.
Of the 28 combined athletes on the season-opening rosters, just three are seniors. The majority are sophomores or younger, while just 11 are juniors and seniors.
Returning are three regional qualifiers aiming for a chance to advance to the state tournament. Senior Kevin Nielsen competed in the high jump and the 100-yard dash in the Shelbyville Regional. He also competes in the 300-meter hurdles.
For the Lady Chargers, junior Allie Louder qualified for the discus in the regionals and sophomore Kaylee Rosenbach competed in the high jump. Louder will lead North in throwing events this spring.
Senior Grant Ricke competes in the sprints, including the 4x100 meter relay.
Although the North girls do not have any seniors, depth is not a problem for the coaches’ meet lineups. Several alternate runners were available for the Lady Chargers Tuesday. North fielded a team for all three relay races, and placed in the top four in all but one event.
Lost to graduation was regional qualifier Jenna Meyer, who competed in the discus throw and shot put. Meyer won the Mid-Hoosier Conference title in the discus, and placed second in the shot put by breaking her previous school record. She contributed 18 of the 93.5 team points in the MHC. Katie Stevens (sprints) and Veronica Yager (distance) also graduated.
The boys lost thrower Nick Gehrich and runner Kaleb Kramer (800) to graduation.
Sophomore runner Megan Hoover will be a key contributor for North after being involved in 34 of North’s 93.5 MHC points. Hoover ran in the 800 and also competed in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays Tuesday.
Juniors Emily Scott and Celeste Pacilio (one-mile, 800, 4x800) look to have productive seasons on the track. Rounding out the juniors are Katia Saldana (throws) and Karmen Quek.
Sophomore Carmen Zavala placed in four events Tuesday, including a relay. She runs sprints and placed second in the long jump.
Sophomore Jaelyn Matthews is slated to compete in the two-mile run and the high jump. Matthews placed third in the high jump Tuesday.
Freshman distance runner Haley Wesseler placed in the two-mile Tuesday. She also is slated to run the one-mile and the 4x800. Sophomore Baili Ewing, who won the long jump and was second in the 300-meter hurdles, looks to be a consistent scorer for North. She also competes in relays. Sophomore Laura Schwartz is slated for sprints. Rounding out the sophomore class is Kirstin Staggs, who will be an alternate in five events.
Five freshmen will be newcomers for the North girls. Rosetta Schwartz and Mackenzie Nobbe will contribute as alternates in relays, while Nobbe will serve as alternate in sprints. Nobbe placed fourth in the 400 dash Tuesday.
Rounding out the freshman class are Allison Byrd (400, 200, high jump; 100, 4x100 alternate) and Brook Moore (100 hurdles, long jump, 4x100, 4x400).
Taking over to lead the North boys in throws is sophomore Evan Wallpe, who won the shot put Tuesday and placed second in the discus. Junior Adam Kunkel also looks to contribute in throws.
Junior Eric Moorman started strong for the Chargers, winning the 800 run and taking second in the 1600. Moorman is also slated to contribute in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. Junior Michael Metz is slated for mid-distance, the 4x800 and the 4x400 relays.
Gage Acton (one- and two-mile; 4x800) and Robert Adams (hurdles; 4x100 and 4x400) round out the sophomores.
North’s two freshman boys are Tristian Hanna (one- and two-mile; 4x800) and William Tackett (hurdles; 4x100, 4x400).
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