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Churubusco’s Austin McClure competes in the shot put at the Midwest Meet of Champions. The Indiana boys finished second to Ohio.

Bellmont sprinter star of show

Harvey posts two 1sts and a 2nd

Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Bellmont’s Alexis Harvey, center, was named the girls Star of Stars for running events Saturday after winning the 200-meter dash and the 400 relay and finishing second in the 100 at the Midwest Meet of Champions at Northrop.

– Two weeks since a solid showing at the state track meet, Bellmont’s Alexis Harvey was still in shape, and it showed in the Midwest Meet of Champions all-star meet at Northrop.

Harvey was named the girls Star of Stars for running events Saturday after winning the 200-meter dash and the 400 relay and finishing second in the 100.

“After the season was over, she continued to work hard for two weeks, and that was important for her,” Bellmont coach Carl Risch said. “She has just combined great talent with a great work ethic and has been a force for us for four years.”

An Indiana Tech recruit, Harvey won the 200 in 24.39 and was the first leg of the 400-relay team that set a meet record in 46.19. It broke the time of 46.22, set in 1991 by Indiana.

“It is amazing,” Harvey said of the Midwest Meet experience. “I wasn’t even sure I was going to get to go on this team this year. It’s helping for college, and I am glad I got to go. I wasn’t expecting (the record in the 400 relay). It made my day. And the 200 on top of this and getting a personal best, it’s awesome.”

At the state meet in Bloomington on June 1, Harvey was second in two events and led the Braves to a third-place finish as a team.

Homestead’s Ari Nelson, who won the long jump at 19 feet, 1 inch, was the anchor leg on the 400 relay.

“That’s unbelievable,” Nelson said of the record. “We had team chemistry from the beginning. Being seniors and knowing what we are doing, so we just had that kind of knowledge. It is cool to have a record that was set 22 years ago.

“This meet was really an honor. This is a really good wrap-up to my whole four years of high school, but I am proud of how my senior year ended up going. It is great experience to be a part of this meet because it is such a big meet. I am ready to go to IU. I am so excited.”

Nelson won the long jump by an inch on her final jump after being in second place almost the entire time.

“I was like, ‘I am not going to get it,’ … but it was really awesome,” Nelson said.

Warsaw’s Jacob Poyner won the 3,200 in 9:09.80 in what turned out to be a 1-2-3 finish for Indiana, with Barr-Reeve’s Connor Sorrells second in 9:12.60 and Concordia’s Jacob Reinking getting third in 9:12.60. Poyner and Reinking each set personal bests.

“We all decided as a group that we wanted to work together and get those PR’s,” Poyner said. “It is just a different experience when you are with these guys. You get pumped up when they come up next to you. In the two-mile, you need that pack. It just gets you pumped when guys are right there with you. It is just a fun thing to work together.”

Ohio won the girls meet with 203, while Indiana was second with 154 1/2 and Michigan third with 109 1/2 . For the boys, Ohio won with 190, Indiana second with 163 and Michigan third with 112.

gjones@jg.net

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