For the Herald Bulletin
---- — FAIRMOUNT — Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors for the Madison County Track Meet at Madison-Grant High School Friday afternoon. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5 to 147 and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5 to 148.5 win over Lapel.
The times were fast early set as Plensah-Tay Sakeuh of Lapel planted a meet record of 15.35 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles and Kiawna Cotrell of Pendleton broke her own record of 12.59 set last year with a 12.57 time in the 100 meter dash. Sakeuh’s run in the hurdles surpassed the old record of 15.99 set in 2003. Sakeuh went on to break the 300 meter hurdle record by two seconds, finishing in 45.45 and winning the event by over seven seconds.
If those records weren’t enough, Madison-Grant’s Bethani Herniak broke her own record in the shot put with a throw of 37’2.5”. Along with Contrell’s control of the short events, the distance runners for Pendleton were able to get the show started and finished it even stronger with Alex Buck setting the 3200 meter record in the next to last girls event with a time of 11:53.8. Buck shattered the old county record by nine seconds and beat teammate Alli McCarty to the line by 15 seconds. Katie Quick of Frankton finished third, over a minute and a half behind Buck. But even with the strength of the Arabians’ in the short and distance events, it was the hurdles and high jump that helped provide the difference.
Shaelee Roy finished fifth in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles to score valuable points for Pendleton. “I was confident in our distance group and I have one hundred percent confidence in Kiawna,” Pendleton coach Melissa Hagerman said. “It’s when people step up, like Shaelee Roy. She scored for us in the hurdles and high jump which I did not expect. Our number one high jumper is out with mono and we pulled Shaelee out of hurdles. She has not high jumped for a year she just started back in it last week.” Pendleton’s best was arguably saved for last as Buck scorched the Argyll track in the 3200. “She wanted the record and she knew she could get it,” Hagerman said. “But just watch her, because that’s not her best.” The points were enough to secure the Arabians’ seventh straight county title. Anderson finished the event in third with 85 points.
The boys’ competition was close all night as Pendleton, Anderson and Lapel swapped the lead after nearly every event. Pendleton did not close out their third straight county title until the final event, the 1600 relay. Going into the event, Pendleton held a slim four point edge over Lapel and the Bulldogs had strong runners ready to contend. But the foursome of Zach Taylor, Kaid Hutchinson, Chandler and Ashton Wilson pulled out the win, defeating Anderson and Lapel, setting a blazing record in the process.
With the title on the line, the Arabians covered the 1600 meter distance in 3:29.3 seconds, besting the old record by more than a second. “It was a crazy night,” Pendleton coach Ryan Potter said. “We didn’t have the lead until the 3200 was over. It was not how I thought the meet would go, Lapel showed up and ran really strong. We had an off four by eight and didn’t run as we thought we would. But Zach Taylor stepped up in the 100 meter dash and we were back.” Pendleton was able to pull the win out despite strong performances by Anderson and Lapel.
The Bulldog’s Dalton Busch set the event record in the 400 meter dash and Anderson kept steady pressure all night on the Arabians. “Zach (Taylor) got us started, then our hurdlers ran great in the 110 and the ball just started rolling,” Potter said. “Eli Young and Parker Jones ran 1-2 in the 1600 and 3200. Chandler Wilson scored in the high jump and long jump and the 400. Ashton Wilson ran a great 400 and that 4 X 8 broke the record from 2006. There are nine teams in Indiana that have been under 3:30 and we are one of them.” Anderson scored wins in the discus, high jump, long jump and the 4 X 800 relay to finish third, 13 points behind the Arabians. “Anderson and Lapel bring out the best in our kids,” said Potter as the team stood on the track posing for pictures with the trophy. Busch won the 200 and 400 dashes, Noah Hendershot picked up wins in the 800 and 110 meter hurdles, Sean Thompson won the 300 hurdles and Devon Norrick won the shot put for Lapel.
Pole vault competition was held Thursday evening at Anderson High School. Pendleton’s Mark McCallister took the boys title with a vault of 11’6” while Anderson’s Marissa Childs won the girls title with a vault of 10’6.5”.
1. Pendleton Heights 167.5
2. Lapel 147
3. Anderson 85
4. Frankton 55
5. Madison Grant 48
6. Alexandria 31
6. Elwood 31
8. Liberty Christian 25
9. Anderson Prep 17.5
1.	Pendleton Heights 156.5
2.	Lapel 148.5
3.	Anderson 143.5
4.	Anderson Prep 50
5.	Liberty Christian 37
6.	Alexandria 22.5
7.	Elwood 22
8.	(tie) Frankton, Madison Grant 13