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Vikings compete at Flashes Showcase

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Track and field

Members of the Huntington North boys and girls track teams competed at the Flashes Showcase at Franklin Central in Indianapolis on Friday.

On the boys side, freshman Harrison Niswander and senior Brock Spahr represented the Vikings.

Niswander won his heat in the freshman boys mile race and ultimately placed 10th with a time of 4:53.72.

Spahr finished in 33rd place overall in the boys mile with a time of 4:32.85, good for seventh in his heat.

“Harrison Niswander and Brock Spahr had great experiences racing with many of the top distance runners in the state on Friday night,” said head coach Scott Bower. “That will pay dividends for them later.”

On the girls side, freshman Addy Wiley won her heat of the girls mile. Wiley’s 5:14.73 placed 15th overall.

Huntington North’s 4x800 meter relay team rounded out the Viking contingent by finishing 12th with a time of 10:38.48.

Boys track and field

The Huntington North boys track and field team competed at the North Side Relays on Saturday morning, placing 15th at the meet.

Senior Ricky Haught picked up the Vikings’ lone event win at the meet, claiming the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 4.75 inches.

Freshman Zach Hubartt placed third in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches for Huntington North’s only other top-three finish of the day.

Junior Nate Burns (300 meter hurdles, 40.44 seconds) and seniors Jack Curless (shot put, 37 feet, 6 inches) and Christian Graft (discus, 113 feet, 11 inches) all scored fifth-place finishes in events, while Haught and junior Isaiah Clampitt rounded out the scoring efforts for the Vikings with sixth-place outcomes in the pole vault (10 feet) and 3,200 meter run (10:28.20), respectively.

A trio of Huntington North relay teams earned top-six finishes to round out the notable results for the Vikings.

Sophomore Connor Miller, senior Jarid Miller, junior Cody McCune and Clampitt placed fourth in the 4000 meter distance relay with a time of 11:56.99 to highlight the Huntington North relay showings.

Senior Drew Mash, junior Jonah Bussard, senior Nolan Hughes and Burns finished fifth in the 800 meter sprint medley with a time of 1:41.55, while Nash, Bussard, Burns and Haught placed sixth in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 46.12 seconds.

“North Side Relays is always a great challenge for our team,” Bower said. “This year’s meet featured three of the top 10 teams (North Central, Carroll and Homestead) in the latest IATCCC coaches’ poll and many more good teams that we will see again in our regional and, before that, in our sectional (Homestead and Wayne). Ricky Haught was happy to win a championship at this meet in the long jump and Nate Burns had another good day in the 300 (meter) hurdles and in his relays. Our two 3200 (meter) runners, Drew Davis and Isaiah Clampitt, both achieved personal best times in their races.”

The Vikings return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face New Haven. The meet is slated to begin at 5 p.m.

Girls track and field

The Huntington North girls track and field team competed at the Marion Relays on Saturday, finishing in third place overall at the meet.

The Vikings earned points with 14 performances across 12 events throughout the meet.

Senior Alena Miller scored Huntington North’s lone victory of the day in the 3,200 meter run, winning with a time of 12:17.58. Senior Kyler Hoopingarner came in third in the event with a time of 12:41.52.

Sophomore Hanna Whitney placed fifth in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:43.07, while senior Peyton Dorsett finished in eighth place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.88 seconds to round out the Vikings’ individual track event point-scoring outings.

Huntington North excelled in many team relay events, earning points in all five relays.

Miller, sophomore Lesley Zook, Hoopingarner and Whitney came in second in the 4,000 meter distance medley with a time of 13:49.90 to highlight the Vikings’ relay showings.

Sophomores Lillian Clanin, Grace Gross and Preslee Williams and senior Brooke Goodrich finished fourth in the 800 meter sprint medley with a time of 1:58.13.

Junior Allie Aschliman, Gross, Whitney and Goodrich came in fifth in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:32.29, while Zook, junior Marlene Bulat, senior Elizabeth Nalliah and junior Kendyl Coles also scored a fifth-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 11:45.48.

Clanin, Gross, Williams and Dorsett rounded out the relay showings with a sixth-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 55.27 seconds.

Huntington North also did well in the field events, earning points in four of five events.

Senior Veronika Russell placed second in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet to highlight the field performances for the Vikings.

Dorsett (long jump, third, 15 feet, 10.25 inches; high jump, seventh, 4 feet, 8 inches), Williams (high jump, fourth, 4 feet, 10 inches) and sophomore Maddie Husband (discus throw, eighth, 82 feet, 8 inches) rounded out the point scoring for Huntington North.

The Vikings return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face New Haven. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.