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Lady Pacers run to win at Scottsburg
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Switzerland County's girls track and field team capped off a brutal week of competition with a win over Lanesville and Scottsburg on Friday in Scottsburg.
Still hampered by the wave of illness that slowed the team on Thursday, the Pacers fought through that to score 56 points and beat Scottsburg by six while Lanesville had 40.
"The Lady Pacers completed a brutal stretch of three meets in four days tonight with a solid win against Scottsburg and Lanesville," coach Adam Pietrykowski said, adding the team was "again competing with a depleted roster as sickness continues to work its way through the team. The Lady Pacers showed great resilience though, as a number of newcomers stepped up with excellent performances in some of the first varsity action they have seen."
The Pacers scored seven wins, three seconds and a third.
Megan Dasis figured in three of the wins and McKayli Scudder was in on two wins.
Dasis won the long jump in 14-0 and was in on the 400-meter and 1600-meter relay wins in 55.65 and 4:51, respectively. She was joined on the 400 relay by Moriah Northcutt, Ricketts and Scudder and on the 1600 relay by MacKenzie Covington, Anja Rotter and Audrey Kinne.
In addition to the 400 relay, Scudder won the high jump at 4-10.
Other wins for the Pacers were: Natalie Newman, shot, 28-3; Covington, 400 meters, 1:11; and Cameron Ray, 3200, 14:17.
"Megan Dasis scored victories in all of her events ... McKayli Scudder continued her fantastic freshmen campaign," Pietrykowski said. "Freshman Natalie Newman was also able to get in on the action, collecting a first place finish in the shot put."
Second places for the Swiss included: Ricketts, 100 hurdles, 17.34; Northcutt, 300 hurdles, 54.2; and Melissa Furnish, 200, 30.5. Kinne was third in the 1600 in 6:42.
"One of the toughest performances of the night came from freshmen Audrey Kinne who competed in a unique assortment of events, including the shot put, the mile, the 1600 relay, and the 2 mile," Pietrykowski said. "Kinne completed the 2 mile event finishing third, then turned around with only three minutes of rest to run an excellent leg in the winning 1600 meter relay team. That is the kind of toughness and drive that will carry this team as it heads towards the important meets coming up in the next three weeks."
Switzerland County, now 15-5 competes Tuesday at South Dearborn against the Knights and Lawrenceburg.
On Thursday, the Pacers battled through illness to a fifth place finish at the South Dearborn Invitational in Aurora.
Missing several key competitors, the Pacers scored 45 points as Batesville dominated the invitational with 177 points. Oldenburg (85), South Dearborn (64) and Rising Sun (52) rounded out the top five.
Ricketts turned in Switzerland County's lone win of the night in the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 17.70.
Dasis finished third in the 200 dash in 28.62 and third in the long jump at 14 feet, 10.5 inches. Galbreath placed third in the shot put at 34 feet and Scudder was third in the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch.
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