ZIONSVILLE — The Zionsville girls track and field team came into Tuesday’s HCC Meet with high hopes of capturing the team title.
While they fell short of that goal, placing third with 99 points behind Noblesville and HSE, there were a lot of solid performances that the Eagles can build on heading into the final two weeks of the season.
“There were some good things,” Zionsville head coach Drake Sterling said. “The highlights were Kennedy Merrill winning the pole vault, Katelyn Makinde winning shot put and Sophia (Yovanovich) breaking the school record in the 100-meter dash. Kate Bowen ran a really good 1,600, setting herself up for a good tournament as well.”
The Eagles finished with three conference champions.
The first came in the 4x100 relay, where the team of Sophia Yovanovich, Omema Anyanwu, Lily Robinson and Elizabeth Raborn finished in 49.06.
It was the end of a crazy triple for Yovanovich, who ran in three of the first four events. She placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.08 and second in the 100-meter dash in 12.43 (after setting the school record in 12.33 in the prelims) before leading off the relay.
She also placed third in the long jump in 17-8.
‘We asked her to do something I have never asked one of our athletes to do,” Sterling said. “She took it on, and she gave us everything she had and did a great job.”
Zionsville got a first-place finish from Kennedy Merrill in the pole vault.
The senior cleared 11-feet-6-inches.
Coupled with her win on Friday night at the Zionsville Invite the Eagle vaulter is in a good spot heading into the sectional.
“It’s similar to what we saw last year, when she got on the podium at the state meet,” Sterling said. “She has a lot of bright meets ahead of her. She is getting on some bigger poles, which will help her get even higher and contend of the state championship.”
Another Eagle who has been in good form as of late is Katelyn Makinde.
She had a big PR on Friday at the Zionsville Invite, and backed it up with a win in the shot put on Tuesday.
Makinde was the only thrower to break 40-feet in the tough conditions, throwing 40-feet-10-inches to win by two feet.
“That was really big for us,” Sterling said. “That wasn’t something we were banking on at the beginning of the year, but if we can get some points there the rest of the year – that will be big for us.”
The Eagles got a runner-up finish from Michelle Nazarov in the long jump in a distance of 18-feet-1-inch.
Also scoring for the Eagles: Anyanwu in the 200 (fourth), Nazarov in the 400 (third) and 200 (eighth), Delaney Greeson in the 400 (fifth), Bowen in the 1600 (fourth), Mackinsey Heagy in the 3,200 (fifth), Kennedy Haffner in the 100-meter hurdles (seventh) and high jump (eighth), Mary Raikos in the 300-meter hurdles (seventh), the 4x400 relay team of Greeson, Anyanwu, Lily Campion and Raborn (fourth), the 4x800 team of Audrey Magnusen, Lydia Moore, Meredith Koons and Heagy (eighth), Abigail Deaton in the high jump (fifth), and Ava Esteves in the pole vault (sixth).
Zionsville has a dual next week before the sectional on May 17.
“The dual meet is a chance for us to do off events or train through,” Sterling said. “We are going to have a really good training block over the next two weeks heading into the sectional. Hopefully that sets us up for a good regional and then state meet. It’s kind of ideal time to get back to basics, start training hard again and make one last push to get better.”