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TRACK: Stars, Mustangs battle to the wire

BNLs Alana Alexander leads the pack to the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash. Alexander won two events as the Stars clipped Edgewood by 2 points.

BNL’s Alana Alexander leads the pack to the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash. Alexander won two events as the Stars clipped Edgewood by 2 points.

BNL girls post 2-point win

while Edgewood boys slip

past BNL by single point

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence girls coach Jo Scott was worried, afraid that giving up 15 points in the relay races was too much to overcome, fretting that a disqualification because of a botched handoff in the 400 relay would cost her Stars the meet.

She wasted a lot of nervous energy. Had it all the way, the Stars did.

BNL-Edgewood results

BNL gave up a lot of ground to Edgewood but made it up with quality depth while squeezing past the Mustangs 67-65 in the home opener on Tuesday afternoon. On the flip side, the Stars weren’t as fortunate as the Edgewood boys edged BNL 66-65.

Micah Wagner takes the baton from Garrett Flinn as the Stars won the 400 relay.

Micah Wagner takes the baton from Garrett Flinn as the Stars won the 400 relay.

To make BNL’s comeback even more remarkable, Edgewood swept the girls pole vault, meaning the Stars made up a 24-point gap in the other 12 events. Everything had to fall into place perfectly, and it did as freshman Alana Alexander and sophomore McKenna Garrison each won two events to lead the charge.

“Honestly, I told my girls, if you lose all three relays you can’t win a meet,” Scott said. “But we got enough firsts and seconds to pull it out.”

Alexander won the 100 (13.83) and 200 (27.94) while Garrison claimed the 100 hurdles (18.57) and the long jump (14-7). BNL also recorded wins by Zoe Zollman (6:04.42 in the 1600), Carrie Flinn (12:58.64 in the 3200), Mikaela Rainey (111-4 in the discus) and Megan Lambrecht (35-10 in the shot put).

Lane Hawkins soars over the bar while winning the high jump. Hawkins cleared 5-7 to take the blue ribbon.

Lane Hawkins soars over the bar while winning the high jump. Hawkins cleared 5-7 to take the blue ribbon.

BNL was missing potential points from Sarah Brewster and sprinter Jacy Hughes (out with illnesses). Every point was crucial.

“We have a small team, but everyone is running really well,” Scott said. “You don’t need a lot of numbers as long as the girls out there are scoring for you.”

In the boys meet, speedster Micah Wagner won the 100 (11.50) and 200 (23.04), and he anchored the victorious 400 relay (44.19). BNL coach Scott Hiles has come to expect that kind of production, even if Wagner wasn’t completely satisfied.

Carrie Flinn eyes the finish line en route to her victory in the 3200.

Carrie Flinn eyes the finish line en route to her victory in the 3200.

“I feel like I could have done better,” Wagner said. “There are certain races I’m trying to get better, I have a certain goal. Others I’m just trying to rack up points for us.”

Well, just one person scoring one more point would have made a huge difference. Edgewood swept the 800 and won nine events, with Brayden Patton taking the shot (42-4) and discus (114-6 ¼). Hiles had to smile and be gracious, “No matter how much your brain is saying ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we lost by one point,’” he said.

BNL’s other winning highlights came from Lane Hawkins (5-7 in the high jump), Benny Royer (10-6 in the pole vault), Garrett Flinn (19-8 to lead a sweep in the long jump), and the 1600 relay. The Stars won the final race in 3:35.61, over 17 seconds clear of the Mustangs.

Benny Royer soars over the bar at 10-6 to win the pole vault.

Benny Royer sails over the bar at 10-6 to win the pole vault.

“It’s tough to run out there by yourself,” Hiles said. “But that’s OK. You want to run away from another team if you can.”

BNL’s boys will return to action at Brown County on Saturday while the girls will be idle until visiting Jennings County on April 29.