KOUTS | Hebron's girls track team wasn't quite ready to let go of its Porter Country Conference meet crown yet, but the Hawks will have to be content to share it.
The Hawks finished with 130 points Tuesday, which was the exact same total as Hanover Central had and was good enough to claim a share of their fifth consecutive PCC meet title.
"We're not self-centered. We're willing to share," Hebron coach Rhonda Walker said.
Round-robin champion South Central finished third with 119 points, while Morgan Township was fourth with 89. Kouts took fifth, Washington Township sixth, Boone Grove was seventh, and LaCrosse was eighth.
Hebron tied for the lead despite taking first in only three of the 16 events. Christy Reick was a double winner. She anchored the winning 1600-meter relay and also won the pole vault with a meet record 9 feet, 4 inches. The Hawks also won the 3,200 relay.
"What more could I ask of them?" Walker said of the relays. "They had PRs today both of them. All eight of those kids stepped it up and got the job done."
The Wildcats totaled four first-place finishes. Kayla York was a double winner, claiming both the shot put and discus. Kaylin Fanta won the 200-meter dash in 28.08 seconds, while Kristen Roper won the 100 dash in 13.49 seconds. Roper took third in the 200.
"Everyone stepped up to the plate," Hanover Central coach Janet Neitzel said. "They did what they had to do, and they did above and beyond what they needed to do today."
Katie Dominguez finished second in the discus and fourth in the shot put for the Wildcats.
South Central had five first-place finishes. Kyleigh Werner won both the 1,600 and 800 and finished second in the 3,200. Taylor Johnson won both the long jump and the 100 hurdles, and Savannah Little claimed the 400 with a time of 1:02.25.
"It was really busy trying to make sure I was still staying loose, and I wasn't cramping up between my races and making sure I could perform my best," Werner said.
Morgan Township's Trina Coleman was a double winner. She won both the 300-meter hurdles and anchored the winning 400 relay. Coleman also finished second in both the high jump and 100 hurdles.
Kouts had a pair of champions. Allie Zimmerle won the high jump, while Tara Hamstra captured the 3,200.