Mertz leads HNHS trackgirls past Columbia City

Senior Macheala Mertz had two individual victories and was part of a relay win to lead the Huntington North High School girls' track team past host Columbia City, 89-43, on Thursday, May 9.

Mertz captured the 100-meter dash in :12.7 and claimed the 400-meter dash in 1:00.4 to lead the Lady Vikings to 11 wins on the day. She also teamed with Hannah Stoffel, Alexis Wygant and Lindsey Foster to win the 1,600-meter relay, in 4:08.8.

Foster won the 200-meter dash in :27.2, Alexis Aldred won the 300-meter hurdles in :52.8 and Lauren Daas won the 800-meter run in 2:28.3 as HNHS took every running event expect the 100-meter hurdles up to 800 meters.

The quartet of Allie Christian, Jamie Feller, Alexa Shoemaker and Foster won the 400-meter relay in :52.3, and the 3,200-meter relay team of Kayla Patrick, Karson Rowe, Marissa Jamison and Marie Ditzler took honors with a clocking of 10:27.3.

Maddie Klender won the shot put with a throw of 37-5.5, Paige Coolman took first in the discus with a throw of 96-10.5 and Alexis Wygant was tops in the pole vault (no height given) to wrap up the win parade for HNHS.

The Lady Vikings swept the shot put with Lauren Sands placing second at 33-7 and Coolman taking third at 31-3, and the discus, with Onna Doering runner-up at 92-9.5 and Klender third at 80-8.

Alicia York placed second to Mertz in the 100 with a time of :13.6, Shoemaker was runner-up to Aldred in the 300 hurdles with a :53.0 clocking and Tayrn Doering backed up Daas in the 800 with a time of 2:44.7.

Other HNHS runner-up finishes came from Stoffel in the 1,600-meter run in 5:21.4, and Foster in the long jump at 16-6.

Taking bronze placings were Shoemaker in the 100 hurdles, in :17.4; Emily Bucker in the 100 and 200, in :13.6 and :29.6, respectively, Patrick in the 400 in 1:01.2; Hanna Peters in the 3,200-meter run in 13:42.6 and Feller and Abby Ness tying in the high jump at 4-6.