BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – In the span of five days, Howard County schools hosted three IHSAA track and field sectional tournaments. When the trophies were handed out, all three remained in Howard County as Northwestern won girls sectional while Kokomo won the boys and Unified track titles.
On May 14 at the Eastern Girls Track and Field Sectional, Northwestern won its second consecutive title and third overall in convincing fashion. One year after a 50-point victory, the Lady Tigers upped the ante with a 76-point win over runners-up Western (152-76). Sophomore Makala Pfefferkorn was a quadruple winner after winning three titles as a freshman. The Northwestern speedster won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and was a member of the 3,200-meter relay.
Other Northwestern sectional champions were Joan Easter (100-meter dash), Caitlin Smith (pole vault) and the 400-meter relay team. Kokomo freshman Julynne Spidell won both long distance races (1,600 and 3,200-meters), Lady Wildkat Priscilla Franco took the 200-mete dash, Natalie Nicholson of Western won the 800-meter run and Alison Pemberton of Taylor won the high jump.
On May 17 at the Kokomo Boys Track and Field Sectional, the host Wildkats cruised to its second consecutive title and 62nd overall by topping second place Northwestern 112-79.5. Julian Wallace was a triple winner for the Wildkats with wins in the 800-meter run and a pair of relays. Steven Edwards broke the sectional record with a run of 10.74 in the 100-meter dash and Quincy Armstrong set a record with a time of 14.53 in the 110-meter hurdles before taking home the win in the 300-meter hurdles.
Northwestern junior Tayson Parker, a medalist in the 2018 long jump state finals, had a leap of 23-2.75 to defend his sectional title. He also set the sectional record with a time of 21.69 in the 200-meter preliminaries before winning the event with a finals time of 21.73. Western’s Brayden Curnutt won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs while Asher Walden won the discus for Eastern.
On May 18 at the Western Unified Track and Field Sectional, the Kokomo Wildkats took care of business and claimed its second Unified title. The Kats score of 124 topped McCutcheon (116) and West Lafayette (101) – the top three teams earn berths in the regional. Western finished sixth.
This week, Warsaw hosts the girls track regional on May 21, the boys regional will run at Walter Cross Field on May 23 and the Unified Regional will also be at Kokomo on May 25.
Additional results and pictures from local sectional action can be found in the May 21, 2019, edition of the Sports Journal of Central Indiana.