Dragons repeat as girls track champions

The 2018 HHC girls track champion New Palestine Dragons.

The New Palestine Dragons won their second consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference girls track and field title, tallying 143.5 points to claim the trophy Tuesday at Mt. Vernon.

NP won seven of the 16 events en route to the title. Pendleton Heights was second with 95 points.

Yorktown tallied 80 points to win a very close race for third, with Mt. Vernon (78.5) fourth, Shelbyville (75.5) fifth and Greenfield-Central (64) sixth. Delta was seventh with 48.5 points and New Castle eighth with 39.

Two athletes became repeat HHC champions. New Palestine’s Jordan Reid repeated as the champion in the 200, while Yorktown’s Hannah Rapp won her second straight 300 hurdles title.

NP’s 4×800 relay of Hannah Taggart, Kendall Mann, Victoria Crowder and Kaylin Casner set a meet record with a time of 9:43.26, breaking the previous record set by Shelbyville in 2015 by more than 10 seconds (9:54.45). The Dragon quartet won by more than 17 seconds.

NP swept the relays. In addition to the 4×800 title, TeTe Hart, Addie Halter, Olivia McKilligin and Jordan Reid won the 4×100; Sophia Taylor, McKilligin, Taggart and Crowder won the 4×400.

Reid (200), Taggart (800) and Mann (3200) also won individual titles. NP’s Aden Lumbley and Faith Hensel went 1-2 in the shot put.

Mt. Vernon’s Arianna Mack was the lone double individual champion, as she won the 100 and 400. Pendleton Heights and Yorktown also had two individual champions each. PH’s Christina Magers won the 1600 and Patience Sakeuh the 100 hurdles. For Yorktown, Rapp won the 300 hurdles and Carley Culberson the long jump. Shelbyville’s Malea Terrell (high jump), Delta’s Graycen Neu (pole vault) and Greenfield-Central’s Hannah Burkhardt (discus) also won conference titles.

New Palestine’s title was its sixth overall, tying Delta for the most girls track championships in HHC history. NP also won HHC titles in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2017.

The HHC boys track meet will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Vernon.

Full results

2018 Girls Track & Field Standings

The 2018 HHC girls track champion New Palestine Dragons.