Arabians compete in HHC Championships

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FORTVILLE — The Pendleton Heights girls track and field team earned a few top-three placements to earn a seventh-place finish in last week’s Hoosier Heritage Conference meet.

The boys finished fifth with an array of top-eight finishes.

With the girls meet rain-postponed until Wednesday, May 9, the two meets took place on back-to-back days.

Mt. Vernon won both the girls and boys meets.

In the girls meet, the Marauders 125 points outpaced New Palestine (110.5), Greenfield-Central (107), Delta (99), New Castle (64.5), Yorktown (48.5), Pendleton Heights (44), and Shelbyville (25.5).

The Mt. Vernon boys won with a total of 172 points followed by Greenfield-Central (128.5), Yorktown (95), Delta (80.5), New Palestine (76.5), Pendleton Heights (40), Shelbyville (26.5), and New Castle (5).

On the girls side, the Arabians were led by their strong group of distance runners.

Junior Ava Jarrell had a pair of runner-up finishes to Delta’s Nicki Southerland in the 800 and 1,600-meter races.

In the 800-meter event, Jarrell ran a 2:15.07 just behind Southerland’s IHSAA season-best time of 2:07.64.

In the 1,600-meter race, Jarrell ran the second best time in the state this season with a 4:45.76. She also set a personal record and a school record with the run. Southerland’s first-place time of 4:42.65 was another state-best.

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The top finishes in the distance races continued onto the 3,200-meter where senior Jaycee Thurman placed second with a time of 11:50.95. She was five seconds off the winning time of 11:45.58 by Greenfield-Central freshman Josie Kinnaman.

The last top-three Pendleton Heights finish came in the 400-meter race by sophomore Addison Stanley, who placed third with a time of 1:01.84. She rounded out her day with an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter sprint.

Freshman Maddy Pfister had a pair of seventh-place runs in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. In the 100-meter, she ran a time of 13.23 and in the 300 hurdles finished in 51.28 seconds.

For the boys, leading the way was sophomore Benson Davis with a runner-up finish in the 3,200-meter race. His time of 9:47.47 was second to Greenfield-Central’s Chris Ross.

Davis’s day also included placing seventh in the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:31.36, just behind teammate Will Coggins who ran the race in 4:27.80.

In the 800-meter, Coggins, a senior, placed seventh with a time of 2:07.74. Teammate Ryder Engelhardt placed sixth with a time of 2:06.51.

Senior Nolan Souders placed sixth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles, and sophomore Ashaan Singh placed seventh in the 200-meter.

In the field events, junior Gabe Martin had the Arabians best placement, finishing fifth in the shot put.