The track and field season officially began for the North Decatur and South Decatur squads Tuesday in Westport.
The Rushville girls won the meet, beating North Decatur 92-48.5. South’s squad of 12 girls was third with 12.5 points.
Freshman Megan Hoover led the Lady Chargers with commanding wins in the 1600-meter and 800-meter runs, as well as anchoring the 4X800 and 4x400 relay teams to second place finishes behind Rushville. Hoover won the 1600 in a time of 6:05 and the 800 in 2:50.
Senior Jenna Meyer led the Lady Charger throwers. Despite weather conditions that have limited practice, Meyer won the discus with a throw of 99-10 and took second in shot put with a distance of 32-04.
Freshman Baili Ewing also won the long jump with a distance of 14-04.5.
All relays finished second behind Rushville.
4x800: Emily Kissel, Nicole Scott, Emily Scott, and Megan Hoover.
4x100: Carmen Zavala, Laura Haunert, Baili Ewing, and Katie Stevens.
4x400: Katie Stevens, Baili Ewing, Laura Haunert, and Megan Hoover.
Individual second-place finishers: Carmen Zavala in the 100 dash; Laura Haunert in the 200 dash.
Other 3rd place finishers were: Baili Ewing in the 400m run; Emily Scott in 3200m run.
4th place finishers were: Erica Wilson in both hurdles; Katie Stevens in the 100 dash; Emily Kissel in the 400 run; Carmen Zavala in the 200 dash and long jump; Allie Louder in the shot put and discus.
Sophomore Olivia Watkins tallied a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking a 20.06 to lead her team. Watkins took third in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 1:05.12 - less than a half-second from second place.
Junior Emily Mapes clocked a 7:43.87 in the 1600 run, for fourth place.
South’s 4x800 and 4x100 relays each took third place.
May’s throwing leads Cougar boys
Rushville’s boys beat the second-place South boys 111-31. North’s boys were third with 13 points.
Luke May paced South’s boys. May won the discus throw with a distance of 125 feet, five inches. He took second in the shot put with a mark of 38-05.
Sam Studler placed second in the high jump with a mark of 5-06. Studler was third in the 400-meter run in 56.85 seconds.
Randall Canady was third in the 200 dash in 25.30 and Chris Johannigman was fourth in 27.43.
Byron Haley clocked a 19.74 for third in the 110 hurdles, while Tyler Wamsley clocked a 20.08 for fourth. Meadows took third in the 300 hurdles in 46.50 and Wamsley was fourth in 50.18.
North boys placings:
2nd place: 4x400 relay team of Curtis Hillebrand, Brian Malone, Brady Holloway, and Kevin Nielsen.
3rd place finishers: Evan Wallpe in the discus with a 102-09; Eric Moorman in the 1600m run with a 5:26.
4th place finishers: Kevin Nielsen in 100 in 12.28 and high jump in 5-04; Brady Holloway in 1600 in 5:30; Curtis Hillebrand in 400 in 1:04; Eric Moorman in 3200 run in 11:59; Derek Hocker in the long jump with 17-01.5.
The Chargers will host Eastern Hancock Thursday (tonight) at 5 p.m., while South will host Hauser at 4:30 p.m.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.