Plenty of results at the Northrop girls sectional track and field meet Tuesday were easy to see coming: The Bruins claimed their 10th straight title with 138 points, 21 ahead of second-place Carroll.
Northrop junior Tionna Brown won the 100-meter dash in 12.06 seconds and the 200 in 25.07. Her teammate Dylan Kirkwood once again swept the 100-meter hurdles (15.03) and 300 hurdles (46.45), just as she did last week at the SAC championship meet.
But there were small moments of surprise for some of the athletes.
Carroll senior Meagan Hathaway won the 3,200-meter run after pulling closer and closer to Bishop Dwenger junior Erin Strzelecki, finally passing her with a lap to go. But even she didn't know until well after the race that her time of 10:39.91 broke Carroll graduate Madison Fruchey's mark from 2016 by more than two seconds.
“She's such a good runner – I wasn't sure how the race was going to play out,” Hathaway said. “I was kind of a little sore going in, so I just wanted to cruise and play it safe the first half, and then see what I could do the second half. And it was so nice to have (Strzelecki) there, I really love running with her.”
Carroll sophomore Zoe Duffus won the 800 in 2:17.74 and led a 1,600 sweep, winning in 5:00.55 with teammate Monroe Rayna Fruchey, a junior, right behind her at 5:00.88.
“Her goal was to get in in 5:10,” Duffus said of Fruchey, “so our goal was just to get 77s and see how we feel. Went out the first 100 kind of at a faster pace just to simulate what states would be like. And the coaches said from there, if you feel good, try to keep it up. So that's what we did. We're on pretty tired legs, so I was so happy with it, and so proud of Rayna, too.”
Bishop Dwenger won the first track event of the day, the 3,200 relay, but the team of Katherine Nix, Natalee Vogan, Nora Steele and Katelyn Woods didn't really cheer until they learned their time of 9:32.21, beating second-place Carroll by more than seven seconds, was also a school record.
“We were trying at SAC, and we broke the SAC record by one second, but we missed our school record, so we were a little disappointed,” Nix said. “So we were coming out here, trying to run as fast as we could to break the record.”
Concordia sophomore Adison Smith won her school's lone event in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 2 inches. Snider's win came in the 400, where junior Payton Gorman held off Northrop senior Jo'Deci Irby to win in 58.19.
Churubusco won two field events, as junior Maggie Burita cleared 11-2 in the pole vault to win by more than a foot and sophomore Kilah Smith won the discus with a throw of 126 feet. Those wins helped the Eagles to a fourth-place finish with 70.5 points, close behind third-place Snider with 72.
The Bruins won the 400 (48.39) and the 1,600 (4:02.60) relays, and freshman Morgan Patterson, who finished second in the 100 hurdles, claimed the long jump title with a 17-7.
In the last event, Northrop senior Markalah Barnes won the shot put (41-9) and freshman Aniyah Moore was second at 38-21/2, making the Bruins' domination official.
“It feels really good,” Kirkwood said of her team's 10th straight sectional title. “This season's been a little rough. And now that it's the postseason, we've really been working on things, and I think it's really starting to pay off.”
Kirkwood said she was especially pleased to have taken the length of lead that she did in 300 hurdles.
“At SAC, (Adison Smith) ran against me, as well, and our race was a lot closer,” Kirkwood said. “The goal of my race today was to try to open up the gap a little bit, get back to where I was last season, and when I realized at the end of my race that I was getting closer to that, it was like, oh!”
Spartans, Knights win titles
The Spartans won 10 events, dominating their home sectional meet to win with 194.5 points, beating Huntington North with 88 and Wayne with 72. Wayne junior Erica Xayarath won both the high jump and long jump, while Homestead's Sophia Buck swept the 100 and 300 hurdles.
East Noble defending its sectional title at Angola, winning with 135.3 points to beat Angola, which finished with 125. Central Noble senior Meleah Leatherman won the high jump with a clearance of 5-4 and East Noble sophomore Kylie Garton won the pole vault with a clearance of 10-7.