The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

High School Sports

May 21, 2013

Cottrell, Buck win regional titles

PH 4x800 team, Lapel’s Tarlton, Anderson’s Potts advance

INDIANAPOLIS — It didn’t take long for Pendleton Heights junior Kiawna Cottrell to stake her claim to a spot in the girls track state finals at Tuesday night’s North Central Regional.

On her first attempt at the long jump, the Arabians met the state standard of 17 feet, 4 inches.

“That started the night out right,” Pendleton Heights coach Melissa Hagerman said.

It only got better from there.

The Arabians compiled three individual titles, three school records, an unexpected performance from the 4x800-meter relay team and a fourth-place finish in one of the best regional performances in recent school history.

“There’s tears all over the place, happy tears, of course,” Hagerman said. “It’s such a wonderful feeling to see them so excited. ... Don’t ever think this is easy. The time that I’ve watched Kiawna spend on the track, the time the distance girls spend training. They worked really hard for it. It was an amazing night.”

Cottrell was the winner of two of those regional championships. After hitting the state standard in long jump, she added five more inches, taking first with a jump of 17 feet, 9.75 inches. But it was that first attempt that really set the tone for her.

“It got my adrenaline going. All I wanted to do when I came here was make it to state in something, I didn’t care what,” Cottrell said. “So after I did that, I was feeling really good and confident about everything else.”

The Arabians junior carried that confidence into the 400-meter run. Undeterred by a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.53 seconds), Cottrell bested the field in the 400, posting a school-record 57.55.

By those championship performances, you would never know the stacked field at the North Central Regional made Cottrell nervous. She admits to feeling those nerves, but she also thinks it pushed her to do better.

“I’ve been working really hard this year, and I knew I could definitely come out here and compete with the best,” she said. “I’m really happy with that.”

PH freshman Alex Buck will join Cottrell at the state meet as the 3,200-meter run regional champion. Buck dominated the race from start to finish, finding a little extra gas in that final lap that surprised even her. It also gave the first-year runner, who had been struggling with injury and was disappointed by her sectional time, the school record.

Buck intends to approach her first state meet with a lot of enthusiasm.

“As a freshman, I’m new to this so I’ve never prepared for state before, so it will be a fun experience the first time around,” Buck said. “I’m really excited to see what’s to come this coming week.”

Pendleton Heights’ final school record came via the Arabians’ 4x800 relay team, which galloped to a third-place finish and a berth into the state finals. Pendleton Heights finished with a time of 9:48.85.

“When our fastest time of the season was that sectional time, 10:05, I never imagined we would be under 10 minutes,” Hagerman said.

Hagerman said each girl on the squad — seniors Emma Manchess and Anna Dudley, sophomore Micalah Booher and freshman Monica Dudley — hit her marks on her splits, vaulting them into school history and the biggest meet of their careers. But their coach isn’t too worried about how they’ll do next weekend at the Bloomington finals.

“They hadn’t been here (regional) before, so I don’t think that will intimidate them,” Hagerman said.

Morgan Tarlton of Lapel and Taylor Potts of Anderson rounded out the contingent of Madison County athletes making the trip to Bloomington for the state meet.

Tarlton finished second in the discus. Her throw of 126 feet, 5 inches beat third-place Anna Logan of Chatard by 4 feet. But it was almost 40 behind first-place Adriana Brown of Lawrence Central, whose toss of 165 feet, 4 inches was a new meet record by 20 feet and tied the state meet record.

Potts threw 42 feet, 3.5 inches in the shot put to place third, just two feet behind Brown. While she “let her mind just be free” as she prepared for this week’s meet, Potts, a senior facing her final meet, will take a different tact in Bloomington.

“I’ll practice more on my technique and make sure my technique is down pat more than I focus on my distance,” Potts said. “That’s what I’ll try to do and just let my distance ride out when I compete.”

Cottrell, for her part, will keep doing what she’s been doing. The Arabian junior has seen personal bests in every meet since conference and intends to set new ones next weekend. It will help that she will have a large group of teammates with her to share the experience.

“It will be a lot easier,” Cottrell said. “I’ll have people there cheering me on. I’ll be cheering them on. I think it will help a lot.”

1
Text Only
High School Sports
  • SPT - HB0424 - Frankton vs AHS - 048 Frankton hits early, often in win over Anderson Frankton pounded out 11 hits in handing Anderson its second softball loss in as many nights.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0424 - Alex v MG 3 Argylls hold on to top Tigers Pitching and defense win games, especially in girls high school softball and it was on display here Wednesday evening as the Madison-Grant Lady Argylls picked up a 4-1 Central Indiana Conference win over the host Lady Tigers.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indians come up short against Tigers in golf The Anderson Indians came up short against Yorktown 147-170 on Wednesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Tigers nip Argylls in girls track meet ALEXANDRIA -- Kelsey Crisp had a trio of firsts and a second place finish and her Alexandria Tigers needed every one of those as they nipped Madison-Grant 61-60 in a girls dual track meet here Tuesday. Crisp won the 100, the 400 and the long jump and

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT - HB0423 - PHHS golf 1 PH displays depth, dismantles Delta Three of Pendleton Heights top five golfers sat out Tuesday’s match against Delta, and the Arabians barely missed a beat. Tyler Meyer and Chase Simpson fired low nine-hole scores of 36 to pace the Arabians to a 159-190 victory over the Eagles.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0422 - AHS PH 4 Lady Tribe takes down county champs In sports, timing can be everything. For the Anderson Lady Tribe, the timing was perfect for an upset Monday night as they squared off with 2014 Madison County softball champion Pendleton Heights. Anderson took advantage of five Pendleton errors and pounded out seven hits to take a 12-5 win over the sixth-ranked Arabians.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Millers knock down M-G Class 2A Madison-Grant took a big step up to play Class 4A Noblesville in softball on Monday night, and the result was a 10-0 loss in five innings to the Millers.

    April 21, 2014

  • Area Roundup: Tigers rally to win ranked battle Alexandria rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to knock off Daleville 7-6 in a battle of ranked teams Monday night.

    April 21, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians win third straight County softball title It was a scenario Pendleton Heights had seen before. The game was scoreless late into the championship game of the Madison County softball tournament.

    April 19, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin