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LAKE STATION — It only won three events, but it was no contest for Hanover Central once again.

The Wildcats placed at least one athlete in the top six in all but one event at Tuesday's Greater South Shore Conference meet at Lake Station and totaled 162 points to make them a perfect five-for-five as members of the conference.

Wheeler was runner up with 90 1/3, while Bishop Noll took third with 83 1/3.

Sarah Spangler was a multiple winner for Hanover in both of the throws, while the 1,600 relay team of Maddy Victor, Kaylee Huyser, Amanda Schreiber and Bri Kickert also won. Victor added a pair of seconds in the 400 and the high jump as did Angela Gonzalez in the 1,600 and 3,200. Rebecca Oliver (discus) Nevaeh Govert (100) and Madeline Moser (pole vault) also were runners-up.

"We're very blessed to have a lot of depth," Hanover Central coach Janet Neitzel said. "A lot of those other schools have those first places, but not the depth, and we have the depth. I tell the girls it's anyone's game and no one knows exactly what it takes so you get every point you can get and those sevenths, eights add up to get on top. The depth really does push you over.

"I'm very excited with my team. They all stepped up to the plate and did what they needed to do to get done to stay on top. A lot of freshman stepped up and we have had some excellent talent each year. Every girl stepped up (Tuesday) and I'm extremely proud of every one on them."

The second-place Bearcats were led by distance runner Hailey Orosz who was first in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Elena Giorgi won the 800. Wheeler also won the 3,200 relay.

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"I was a little scared, I didn't really know what to expect coming in," Orosz said. "I'm a bit tired, just from the school day, and I don't run as well after school then if I'm running in the morning, so I tell myself to just run. That's the only thing I can really do. If there was more competition or people in front of me, I might have tried for personal record, but you have to deal with what you're dealt with."

Teammate Amaya Turner impressed in her first GSSC meet as the frosh took first in the 400 and was runner-up in the 200 by two-hundredths of a second — despite losing her shoe. She also ran a leg of the second place 1,600 relay.

"I felt my shoe come loose when I started going and I lost it about halfway so then it's like 'alright, I gotta finish this," she said. "It slowed me down a little, but (Jai Reed) leaned in there at the end and got me. I'm a bit sick recovering from a little flu thing so I was okay with my times, it was a pretty good day."

Calumet's Jai Reed won the 200, long jump and ran a leg of the 400 relay for the fourth-place Warriors, who scored 74 1/3 points. Reed was disqualified in the 100 final, but was able to bounce back with the aforementioned win in the 200. Kashmere Reeves also scored a win in the pole vault.

"I slipped in the 100, I was just so excited, I guess," Reed said. "Besides my 100, I'm feeling great. I've been ready to go and I've been preparing and practicing hard. I was ready for this, I'm feeling good."

Faith Jackson (100 hurdles), Chyna Davis (300 hurdles), Eris Harris (high jump) won for Bishop Noll. Davis was second in the 100 hurdles and tied for third in the high jump. Megan Sullivan was runner-up in the 800.

Mi Ajia Turks won the 100 meter dash for Lake Station.

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