Lady Eagle track downs NHC foes

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagle track team claimed first place in 10-of-16 events Tuesday night to down Northeast Hoosier Conference foes East Noble and New Haven at the Max Gandy Athletic Field. Columbia City racked up 75 points, outrunning East Noble, who came in second with 62 points and New Haven, who finished with 30.The Eagles had several multiple-event winners on the blustery evening. Megan Deutsch posted several strong performances, taking the 100-meter dash by five meters, winning in a time of 12.9 seconds. Deutsch came back to win the 400-meter dash in a time of 61 seconds. Deutsch also took the pole vault, clearing 9-feet to take the win. The Columbia City sprinter also turned in a fine anchor leg on the 1600-meter relay team, joining Jessica Freeman, Carlee Hearld and Samantha Roush to win in 4:18.Kalisha Goree also accounted for three wins for the Lady Eagles, turning in a time of 15.65 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles. Goree also took the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, running her second sub-50 second time as she won in a time of 49.76 seconds. Goree leaped 16-feet 9-inches to win the long jump. Goree also added a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-feet even.Samantha Roush added two more wins for the Lady Eagles, posting a time of 5:27 to take the 1600-meter run. Roush, despite not being pushed in either race came back to post a 2:24 to take the 800-meter race. Roush also gave the Eagles a leg in the 1600 relay.Carlee Hearld gave the Lady Eagles a win in the high jump and almost gave them a new school record as she cleared 5-5 and just missing the record — 5-7.5.The Lady Eagles travel to Kendallville Saturday to defend their East Noble Relays title that they have held for the past five years.