NEW HAVEN — The Northeast Hoosier Conference Track and Field Meet had some expected outcomes Tuesday night.
Both the as-expected closely-contested girls’ competition, where second through sixth places were separated by only 28 points, and the favored Carroll boys held off host New Haven and Homestead to join the Carroll girls as team champions.
But there were also some surprises, as an improving Columbia City boys team more than doubled its point total from last year to take fourth.
The Columbia City girls squad used strong performances by several individuals to claim fourth, finishing only two points out of third.
Carroll took the girls’ competition with 127 points with a strong Bellmont squad placing second with 96 points. Dekalb was third at 87 points followed by the Lady Eagles with 85. Homestead was fifth with 74 points, followed by Norwell, East Noble and New Haven with 68, 45 and 40 points respectively.
On the boys’ side, the Chargers took first with 153 points, with a surprising New Haven squad second at 137. Homestead took third with 116 points followed by the Eagles with 65 points. East Noble, Dekalb, Norwell and Bellmont rounded out the placings for the boys.
The Lady Eagles were paced by two individual champions. Sophomore Samantha Roush took the title in the 1600-meter run, running easily at 5:15.30. Roush also placed second in the 800-meter run, earning second team All-NHC in that event with a time of 2:21.9.
The Lady Eagles other individual winner was junior Carlee Hearld, who cleared 5-feet 4-inches to best Bailee Hankenson of Bellmont in the high jump. Hearld also ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay squad.
Ironically the Columbia City boys were also led by and individual championship in the high jump, this one coming from senior Matt Rethlake. The Columbia City jumper cleared 6-feet 2-inches to top Homestead’s Kipp Force. Rethlake also took second in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet 7.25-inches. Rethlake also gave Columbia City a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash, finishing in a time of 11.63 seconds.