Morgan Willard won a sectional championship in the high jump, leading the New Palestine girls track team to a second-place sectional finish Tuesday at Shelbyville.
Willard cleared 5-foot-3 to win the high jump sectional title, the Dragons’ lone individual champion. However, NP had four runner-up performances – including all three relays – and four more third-place finishes.
Willard was the only contestant in the high jump to clear 5-3.
The Dragons tallied 106 points, finishing second to Warren Central (184). NP beat Franklin Central (100) in a close for third in the 11-team sectional.
The top three finishers in each event advance to next Tuesday’s regional, which will also be at Shelbyville’s McKeand Stadium.
Kaylin Casner had a second-place finish for the Dragons in the 1600, running the mile in 5:23.58. All three relays also finished second. The 4×100 team of Addy Halter, TeTe Hart, Olivia McKilligin and Jordan Reid ran 50.92 to finish second to Warren Central. The 4×400 was also runner-up to WC. Victoria Crowder, McKilligin, Hannah Taggart and Sophia Taylor ran 4:07.74. In the 4×800, Casner, Crowder, Kendall Mann and Taggart ran 9:40.47 to finish second to Franklin Central, 4.1 seconds back.
Placing third were Reid in the 200 (26.49), Casner in the 800 (2:27.09), Mann in the 3200 (11:54.29) and Aden Lumbley in shot put (35-6).
In addition, those finishers with the next-fastest times outside the top three from the four feeder sectionals earn advancement, so more Dragons will likely be invited to the regional.
The Dragons had several more athletes score points with top-eight finishes. In the 100, Hart (13.31) was fifth and Halter (13.42) seventh. In the 400, the Dragons had two runners juts outside the top three. Taylor (1:00.86) placed fourth and Crowder (1:00.90) fifth. Taggart (2:29.50) finished fifth in the 800. In the 1600, Rickey (5:45.47) finished fourth. Brenna Shaw (12:57.08) finished sixth in the 3200. Maigan Williams (48.56) was fifth in the 300 hurdles. Lydia Jones was sixth in the high jump (4-10). Hailee Holberton was sixth in pole vault (8-0) and seventh in the long jump (15-3). Faith Hensel scored in the shot put, placing eighth (31-1.5).