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Huntington North advances to Regional in seven events

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

The Huntington North girls track and field team competed in their Sectional meet on Tuesday at New Haven and had a successful night, sending athletes from seven events on to the Marion Regional.

Addy Wiley headlined the Vikings’ outing, qualifying for the Regional in a trio of events, setting a new Huntington North record in the process.

Wiley took the Sectional title in the 1,600 meter run with a winning time of 5:20.35. Despite winning an event, Wiley’s most impressive performance came in the 800 meter run, where she finished second with a time of 2:11.98, setting a new school record in the event by crushing the previous record by nearly four seconds. The time was also the third-best time in Indiana history among freshmen and was 22nd all-time in state history.

Wiley, Meg McDonald, Brooke Goodrich and Regan Slagel had an impressive showing in the 4x400 meter relay, clocking in with a time of 4:04.60, good for second place in the event and fourth all-time in Huntington North history.

Goodrich joined Wiley as a multiple-event Regional qualifier by grabbing second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.50, which placed seventh all-time in school history.

Veronika Russell punched her ticket to the Regional in the pole vault, finishing second with a height of 9 feet, 10 inches.

Preslee Williams joined Russell in the field by qualifying for the Regional meet in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, good for third in the event.

Kyler Hoopingarner, Adalyn Harvey, Kendyl Coles and Alena Miller rounded out the Viking qualifying contingent in the 4x800 meter relay, finishing third with a time of 10:16.91.

“This was a great meet for us to start off the state tournament,” said coach Matthew Ditzler. “We have a solid group moving on to the Regional that is well-positioned to make a run at qualifying for the State Finals.”

Huntington North’s qualifiers will compete in the Marion Regional on May 21.

SOFTBALL

The Huntington North softball team lost a 5–2 Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) road matchup to DeKalb on Tuesday, dropping the Vikings’ season record to 9–10 overall and 1–4 in NE8 play.

DeKalb’s offense got rolling in the second inning and continued to pile on the runs, eventually grabbing a 5–0 lead in the fifth inning, highlighted by a solo home run by Faith Ehmke in the fifth.

Huntington North finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth, as an RBI double by Laney Shaw plated Kodi Douglass to cut the Barons’ advantage to 5–1.

The Vikings finally shut down the DeKalb offense, keeping the Barons off the board the rest of the way.

Huntington North added a run in the bottom of the seventh, as Douglass scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 5–2, but it would be too little, too late, as DeKalb walked away with the 5–2 decision after the final out had been recorded.

Shaw pitched all seven innings on the mound, allowing seven hits and five runs, though three were unearned. Shaw struck out nine Barons in the loss.

Shaw was the only Viking to record multiple hits in the game and tallied the only RBI of the contest for Huntington North. Douglass scored both of the Vikings’ runs.

Huntington North traveled to face Mississinewa in a road non-conference battle on Wednesday, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

The Vikings are scheduled to return to the field on Thursday for a home NE8 duel with New Haven. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

The Huntington North boys golf team picked up a 187–194 Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) win over New Haven on Tuesday evening, improving the Vikings’ record to 4–5 with a 3–4 NE8 record.

Graham Scher paced Huntington North with a 42, while Sawyer Stoltz fired a 47 to finish second on the Vikings.

Carson Brubaker, Hank Pulver and Ethan Vaught all carded a 49 to tie for third on Huntington North, though because only the top four scores factor into the overall team score, only two of the 49s counted.

“The course was tough to play tonight, but the guys held strong and got the (win),” said head coach Ron Vinson.

The Vikings traveled to face Eastbrook in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

Huntington North will return to the course on Saturday for the NE8 Meet, which is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.