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April 24, 2014

North girls, South boys win in county track rivalries

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute North’s girls team rested a bunch of its standouts but still managed to outpoint host Terre Haute South 69-63.

Meanwhile, the South boys benefited from the return of long-distance ace Jackson Bertoli to defeat the Patriots 86-45 in their annual high school track meet Thursday evening.

Bertoli, a senior who won the boys cross country championship in November 2013, underwent surgery in December to remove a cyst from his lower leg. Running his first race of the track season Thursday, he won the boys 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 29.34 seconds. He placed fourth in the state in that event last season with a time of 9:12.81.

“This was Jackson’s first race since the Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego [in December 2013] and it was good to see him in a uniform again and representing Terre Haute South,” South boys coach Kyle Walsh told the Tribune-Star. “He led our team in the [3,200 meters] and some of those guys behind him had personal bests. … He’s looking really good. He’s ahead of where he was last year at this time. So we’re excited about that.”

Walsh said Bertoli will run in two relays Saturday in the Southport Relays.

In other events for the South boys, Walsh credited his 4x800 relay squad for “setting the tone.” Members of that foursome were Ryan Hannaford, Levi Elrod, Jack Harbaugh and Riley Stohler.

“This went really well for a mid-week race,” Walsh continued. “Our team competed well. That’s what we wanted to do. We ran some good times and had some good events. We went 1-2-3 in the 800 with Riley Stohler, Spencer Danielson and Jayce Farnsworth and we had a 1-2-3 in the 200 with Chris Howard in his first meet of the year [finishing first], Logan Deady and Corey Hayne. … Those are big points.”

The Braves also went 1-2-3 in the pole vault with Nick Lee, Marvin Malone and Gus Gonzalez, plus Seth Hills (300 hurdles), DaShon Heyen (high jump) and Jordon Montgomery (shot put) provided individual victories as well.

For the North girls, coach Mike Dason wanted to rest several of his key performers — including Lindsay Welker — to keep them fresh for upcoming meets. But he unleashed seniors DaShana Johnson (100), Jessi Conley (400), Rachel Gutish (pole vault) and Bri Burgess (shot put and discus) to post several wins Thursday.

“I’m very excited for the seniors especially, for them to be able to win this [meet],” Dason mentioned. “This isn’t really what our focus is on. Our focus is obviously on the state tournament and being in the new conference [Conference Indiana], which has its championships next Friday [May 1]. We really want to go out and perform well in that.”

Junior Keirra Porter, another one of the Patriots’ usual point-producers, won the long jump, placed second in the 200 and ran a leg on North’s triumphant 400 relay squad.

Keeliegh Stigall (200) and Anna Nagy (1,600) were other individual winners for North.

“We had some people really step up,” Dason emphasized. “I’m really happy all the way around.”

The North boys didn’t do as well as its girls, but first-year coach Ernest Holman stressed that he didn’t use several of his “A” runners, jumpers and throwers.

“They did well, mainly while we had our ‘Bs’ in because we had the Ben Davis meet on Tuesday and I was trying to rest my guys for Saturday [in the Talon Relays at Brown County],” Holman pointed out. “So I was trying to save a lot of people, but my ‘Bs’ ran real well today.”

Senior Jordan Moothery won the 100 to highlight the North’s boys meet. Maciej “Magic” Tomaszewski (400), Peter Davis (1,600), D.J. Jackson (110 hurdles), Aaron Amerman (long jump) and Ricky Scank (discus) also posted first-place finishes for the Patriots.

Senior Brooke Deighton won three events for the South girls — both hurdles and the high jump.

“Brooke has really stepped up lately,” South girls coach Ed Jarvis insisted. “Last year, she just focused on the high jump. And this year, she’s kinda added the hurdles to her arsenal, which has really helped us out. … And [previously injured] Nikki Thiede getting back to normal was a positive sign.”

Jarvis mentioned that the South girls didn’t sit any of their standouts.

“We’re trying to get better every day,” he added.

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