Garrison shatters long jump record;
BNL girls rely on depth to record
dual-meet victory over Edgewood
By Justin Sokeland
Matt Garrison soared a great distance, and Bedford North Lawrence’s girls team went the distance for a booster-shot victory during Tuesday night’s dual meet with Edgewood.
Garrison, the Purdue-bound leaper who is not as Earth bound as most, shattered the school record in the long jump, flying 23 feet, 3 inches while leading the Stars to seven wins. But the Lady Stars proved depth can overcome individual stardom as they won an equal number of events but prevailed 71-61 in the team competition. The Mustangs won the boys meet 78-54.
Garrison and speedster Nathan Dotts provided the main highlights for the Stars. Garrison chased records and got one, winning his specialty by breaking his mark of 23-2 ¼ while finishing second in the state meet last season. He also won the high jump at 6-4, narrowly missing the next height (6-6) that would have smashed a school record that has stood for over three decades.
That 6-6 mark is next on his to-do list.
“That’s right there in my mind, it’s dug in and buried,” Garrison said. “It’s more practice. That’s all it is. A little more practice will get me over. Nothing but the best.”
Everybody chased Dotts, a self-described “slow, chubby, tall kid in middle school” who has transformed himself into a powerful sprinter. Nobody caught him. He won the 100-meter dash (11.26) and 200 (22.99), and had a huge hand in BNL’s winning 400 relay (43.99).