PENDLETON — With the month of May upon us, fans of the Indianapolis 500 are aware of the late Tom Carnegie’s call of “and it’s a new track record!” as drivers broke speed records during qualifying at the Speedway.
On Thursday night at Pendleton Heights, the call would have been repeated several times as six event records were set in the 16-event Pendleton Heights Girls Track Invitational.
The Lady Arabians were responsible for four of the six records and senior Kiawana Cottrell owns three of them. In the end, however, Greenfield Central scored enough to edge out the host Arabians 167-159 to take the 9th annual event.
“Just a little tweaking here and there and we’ll be ready for conference,” Pendleton coach Melissa Hagerman said. “Tonight gave us a preview of what’s going to happen in conference, Greenfield will be our main competition.” The Arabians have one more meet at Warren Central next week before the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet and sectionals will be up after conference.
Cottrell’s night began with meet record 18’1” in the long jump as she bested her old mark by 11 inches and beat second place Tristan VanNatta of Pendleton by two feet. “I was happy with the long jump, that’s the farthest I have jumped this year,” said a tired Cottrell after the meet.
Kiawana ran the 200 in 26.34 seconds, besting the record of 27.09 set by Greenfield’s Cassidy Creemer in 2010 and beat second place Sammie McCoy of Greenfield by nearly three seconds. She dominated the 400 in the same fashion, besting Anna Smith of New Castle by three seconds (58.94 to 61.87) and breaking her own record set last year of 60.12 in the process. “My times weren’t as good as I hoped but I thought they were okay with the wind,” said Cottrell. “I was really happy overall.”