4x800 Baton Drop
|The Northwest girls came within one second of sweeping the 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800 relays. Britt Eckerstrom, Christine DiNardo, India Knight, and Alyssa Henshaw won the 4x800 relay by ten seconds with a time of 9:45.55 despite dropping the baton on the final exchange. Britt Eckerstrom, India Knight, Alyssa Henshaw, and Olivia Ekpone won the 4x400 relay by six seconds with a time of 4:02.23. It was the fastest indoor 4x400 by a county team in at least the last ten years. |
And then there was the 4x200. Britt Eckerstrom, India Knight, and Alana Rule fell behind Elizabeth Seton on the first three legs, but Olivia Ekpone came roaring back to the front on the final leg. To the crowd's liking, Ekpone charged into the lead and won the heat by almost a full second with a final time of 1:44.89. Eleanor Roosevelt, however, had a faster time from an earlier heat and so Northwest settled for second place. 1:44.89 is the second fastest indoor 4x200 in atleast the last ten years. Paint Branch was faster at indoor nationals last year.
Individually, Ekpone came up with two more silver medals. She broke the previous meet record in the 55-meter dash with a personal best time of 7.00, but Alyssa McClure of Digital Harbor clocked 6.95, the fastest time in the nation up through this point in the season. Ekpone took second behind Aurieyall Scott of Eleanor Roosevelt in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.10.
Other top 400-meter runners included Katie Wolf of Churchill who finished fourth in 59.50 and Madina Diao of Paint Branch who finished tenth in 1:01.40.
Britt Eckerstrom and Alyssa Henshaw fared well in the seeded events. Eckerstrom was fourth in the 500 in a county-leading time of 1:19.04. Alyssa Henshaw was ninth in the mile in 5:18.41. It was the fastest time either girl had ever officially recorded indoors.
Thea LaFond of Kennedy was the only county athlete to win an individual event. LaFond did not have her best race in the 55-meter hurdles (9.54), but won the triple jump by six inches with a jump of 37-08.00. Also with good jumps were Grace Oxley of Blake who set a personal best with a jump of 35-00.75 and Jordan Pitchford of Damascus who added four feet to her personal best from last year with a jump of 34-03.75. These marks all would have broken the indoor county meet record up until 2007.|
Teju Adewole of Good Counsel clocked a personal best and county-leading time of 8.61 in the 55-meter hurdles.
Churchill's Alexandra Giedd clocked her best indoor 3200 time by placing eighth in 11:38.98. Teammate Maryam Fikri clocked the fastest county time of the day in the 800. She ran 2:23.35 for third place.
Camille Bouvet, Sydney Calas, Jenna Willett, and Jennifer Spencer placed third in the DMR out of the slower heat with a time of 13:15.31. The same four girls also placed second in the 4x800 in 9:55. Bouvet was also the fastest county finisher in the 1600-meter race. She nearly nipped Mountain View's Kaitlyn Davis at the finish line with a time of 5:28.93.
Whitman's Rachel Osnos matched her career best in the high jump. She placed third with a jump of 5-02.
Northwood's Naami Wagner led the way in the girls pole vault with a mark of 8 feet.
Casey Dowling of Wootton placed third in the long jump with a mark of 16-06.50 while Sherwood's Evelyn Putman took fourth with a jump of 16-05.75.
Natalia Morrison of Clarksburg was the top county finisher in the shot put with a mark of 31-10.75, but newcomer Rachel Porzel from Blake joined the thirty foot club by taking thirteenth place with a throw of 30-07.75.