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Northrop regional notes

Some notes from the Northrop girls track regional Tuesday.

Star sprinter missing for Bruins

The host Bruins won their fifth straight regional and 21st overall with 78 points.

Northrop is ranked No. 2 this year, all the while missing its top sprinter from last year, Alexis Scott, to an injury.

"It is really great about our team that we have our No. 1 sprinter out due to an injury, and yet we have a sophomore (Jailyn Krantz) stepping up (in the 400-meter relay), and she has done beautifully," Northrop coach Harmony Ake said.

Both the 400 and 1,600 relay teams won easily.

There is a chance Scott could return for the state meet June 1, but Ake wasn't sure she wanted to make any changes to something that has already been working all year with the relays.

Ruich sprints to win

Carroll senior Melanie Ruich won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 14.66 seconds and basically outsprinted Bellmont freshman Bailey Beery (11:15.21) after eight laps.

"I was scared (Beery) was going to catch up with me, so that made me go faster," Ruich said.

New schools

There were several new schools at the regional after the IHSAA realigned things to send some schools south of Fort Wayne, going all the way into Howard and Cass counties to Northrop, while having northern counties go to Warsaw, a new regional site.

Eastern from Greentown finished fourth in the meet with 55 ½ points and Brittany Neeley set two regional records in the 3,200 relay (9:01.27) and 800 (2:11.40).

Carroll's Olivia Hippensteel matched the former record and finished second in the 800 in 2:12.70.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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