Field events sweeps lead Lady Viking trackgirls over Marion


Huntington North's Karson Rowe (left) edges in front of her Marion rival during the second leg of the 3,200-meter relay at Kriegbaum Field on Tuesday, April 9. The Lady Vikes won the race and the meet. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High school girls' track team swept all five field events on the way to a 95-36 blitzing of visiting Marion on Tuesday, April 9.

Machaela Mertz won the 100 and 400-meter dashes as HNHS also captured five wins on the track.

Paige Coolman threw the discus 87-3 to lead the discus sweep, with Onna Doering second and Maddie Klender third.

Klender came back to win the shot put with a heave of 36-11, with Caitlyn Sands placing second and Doering third.

Jamie Feller captured the high jump at 4-8, the same height as teammate Alexis Wygant achieved for second, with Abby Ness third.

Lindsey Foster led the long jump sweep with a leap of 16-5-1/2, followed by Wygant in second and Emily Bucher in third.

Wygant got a win in the pole vault with a height of 7-6, and Lauren Sands placed second as the only two competitors in the event.

Mertz went :12.7 to get her 100 win, then cruised home in 1:03.4 to win the 400.

Robyn Karst won the 1600-meter run in 6:19.5, and Kayla Patrick grabbed the 3,200-meter run in 12:11.8, with Hannah Stoffel taking runner-up in the latter, for the other two individual wins on the track for HNHS.

The Lady Vikings' 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams got the remaining wins. Stephanie McElhaney, Karson Rowe, Marie Ditzler and Marissa Jamison went 10:55 for the longer relay win, and Ness, Wygant, Foster and Mertz clocked in at 4:22.6 for the shorter relay victory.

Allie Christian took second in the 110-meter hurdles and Alexis Aldred was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles for HNHS. Ditzler was runner-up in the 800-meter run and Foster was second in the 200-meter dash.