June 13, 2002

Lady Tigers Looking Foward To Next Track Season

The Scotland County varsity girls track team finished in the back half of the pack as far as the season long race went but the young team made huge strides toward contention heading into next year's spring season.

On April 11 the team competed at the Clark County Indian Relays and finished 12th out of 14 teams. Amy Morgan was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet three inches. She took third in the discus, clearing 87 feet. Sara Norton was fifth just off that pace with a throw of 83 feet 11 inches.

Amy Blomme was the only other medalist, taking seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 55.72.

Individual honors went a little further on April 25th when the team picked up several top performances to finish fifth.

Morgan won the discus event and was second in the shot put. Norton was second and fourth in the two throwing events.

Valerie Crawford finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet four inches. She was also a member of two relay teams that earned medals. The 4x200 team of Crawford, Sara Eggleston, Megan Walker and Jessie Cotton was fourth in 2:07. The same group ran the 4x100 race and finished fifth in 59.62 seconds.

Rebecca Consbrock earned fourth place in the 1,600 meter run in a time of 7:13.

Blomme picked up a third place finish in the 300 meter hurdles crossing the finishing line in 54.81 seconds. Mandi Bulen was eighth in the event. The senior also was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.

Eggleston rounded out the team score with a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash in a time of 29.75 seconds.

SCR-I finished seventh among eight teams in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet the following week.

"This was another case of missing people at the meet," said Coach Josh Smith who indicated the team's standings were hampered all year long by key performers missing meets because of scheduling conflicts. "We didn't have two of our top points scorers in Morgan and Norton, but we did fairly well overall considering that.

Christine Kirchner stepped in for the absent throwers and finished fifth in the discus, clearing 71 feet three inches.

Consbrock was seventh in the 1,600 meter run while Blomme finished sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and Bulen was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.

The sprinters picked up the scoring load for the team with Crawford and Eggleston finishing in the top eight in the 100- and 200-meter dash respectively. The 4x100 and 4x200 teams also earned points.

"Last year at the conference track meet we didn't place as many people in the finals of the sprint events so I was pleased with the girls performances in those events," Smith said.

The district meet held May 13 closed out the regular season for the track squad. SCR-I was 12th out of 14 teams

Crawford was seventh in the 200-meter dash. Norton earned sixth in the shot put while Morgan was seventh.

The 4x100 team picked up sixth place.

The bright spot on the afternoon was Morgan's performance in the discus. A second place finish earned her a birth in the state finals. Morgan went on to earn all-state honors with an eighth place finish in the class 2A state finals.

"This was an excellent end to a great year for Amy," Smith said. "I can't think of someone who deserves this more. Her attitude and hard work have definitely paid dividends. And to accomplish this as a junior, with one more year to go, is outstanding."

Morgan will highlight a strong returning cast for the Lady Tigers track squad next year. The team will miss Norton and Bulen, the lone seniors to earn medals this season. However the return of the strong sprint class from the sophomore group of Cotton, Walker and Eggleston to go along with top freshmen performers Crawford and Consbrock will fall in well behind the incoming senior leadership of Blomme and Morgan to provide a top team.

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