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Davis wins 3200 race in girls track sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Tiffany Davis won the 3200-meter run to lead Tell City to sixth place in the 11-team IHSAA girls track sectional Tuesday.

Forest Park won with 141 points. Tell City scored 57, Perry Central was seventh with 30, and Cannelton tied for 10th with 7.

The top eight finishers in each event scored and the top four qualified for the regional, to be held at Evansville Central Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Six of the 14 Tell City girls who participated in the sectional qualified for the regional, and Katlyn Braunecker also earned a trip to the regional when the Forest Park girls who finished first and second in the 100 dash scratched out of that event for the regional.

Davis was the only Perry Countian to win an event.

She put on a strong kick late in the 3200 to win it in 12:11.95.

She placed second in it in the sectional last year but did not run it in several meets this season because “I didn’t want her to get burned out running it all the time,” said Tell City Coach Katie Chinn.

That was the Marksmen’s first sectional victory in a running event since they won the 3200 relay in 2006 (Davis also ran on that relay).

Davis, Courtney Young, Andyn Rowe and Sarah Goffinet placed second in the 3200 relay Tuesday in 10:23.43.

Perry Central also qualified for the regional in that race, as Lavina Schwartz, Brianna Crockett, Tessa Lynch and Susan Schwartz placed fourth in 10:39.24.

Goffinet took second in the 1600 run in 5:30.99 and Davis was third in 5:31.65.

Forest Park’s Kaci Verkamp, who will be Davis’ teammate and roommate at IUPUI next season, passed the Tell City runners down the stretch to win that race in 5:30.22.

Tell City freshman Kayla Galloway placed second in the discus with a 100-foot-7 throw.

Perry Central’s Jessica Huber placed third in the 100 intermediate hurdles in 16.63 and fourth in the 300 low hurdles in 50.06 to qualify for the regional in both.

Cannelton, which had never scored a point in the sectional until Tuesday, also had a regional qualifier, as Sammie James placed fourth in the shot put with a 30-foot-4 throw.

She placed seventh in the discus with a 93-foot throw.

Tell City’s Elizabeth Kohnert placed fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches.

She took seventh in the long jump at 15 feet, 2 inches and seventh in the 400 in 1:04.24.

Lavina Schwartz placed fifth in the 3200 run in 12:24.20.

Braunecker placed sixth in the 100 dash in 14.00 and Perry Central’s Arika Kemp was seventh in 14.02.

Braunecker placed eighth in the 200 in 29.24.

Young placed eighth in the 800 in 2:41.85 and Perry Central freshmen Whittney Huff took eighth in the 100 hurdles in 18.67.

Kemp, Jessica Foster, Crockett and Huber placed fifth in the 400 relay in 54.50.

Tell City’s Allison Scheer, Amy Stilwell, Mariah Nix and Jessica Wagner took eighth in that race in 1:01.63.

Crockett, Lindsey Gengel-bach, Huff and Huber were sixth in the 1600 relay in 4:32.02.

Young, Braunecker, Kohnert and Davis took seventh in that race in 4:35.61.

It was run right after the 3200. Davis lay on the ground for a minute or so after the 3200, unable to get up after expending so much energy in it.

So how was she able to run the anchor leg of the relay?

“It’s all about adrenaline really,” she said. “I had to do it for my teammates.”

Team scores: Forest Park 141, Southridge 102.5, Heritage Hills 95, Jasper 77.5, Northeast Dubois 73, Tell City 57, Perry Central 30, South Spencer 18, Loogootee 16, Cannelton 7, Shoals 7