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Girl power

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Shelbyville's Anna Lux, right, and Morristown's Allison Warfield, left, compete in the 100 hurdles on Tuesday.
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Shelbyville's 400-meter relay team of, from left to right, Makayla Terrell, Megan Eads, ZaLeeya Martin and Anna Lux, advanced past sectional action Tuesday.
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Triton Central's Sarah Hahn, right, speaks with a teammate before competing in the 100 dash Tuesday.
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Shelbyville's Hannah Johnson leaps into the long jump pit Tuesday at the Shelbyville Sectional.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

There has been a certain sense of confidence surrounding the Shelbyville girls’ track and field team this season. After advancing five girls to regional competition last year, a team led by an experienced senior class again had a positive vibe Tuesday at the Shelbyville Sectional.

The same 400-meter relay team, featuring speedy runners Megan Eads, ZaLeeya Martin, Makayla Terrell and Anna Lux, advanced past sectional action for the second consecutive season with a second-place finish (51.20). Warren Central won the race in 48.70.

With Eads, the strongest off the blocks, starting the race, SHS edged Beech Grove, which finished in 51.67 for third.

However, the foursome said there is still room for improvement. The team feels, although it had a solid race at the sectional, it can get better with their handoffs at the regional.

“Our handoffs were decent, we have had some bad ones this year,” Martin said. “But most of us have been running together since sixth grade.”

Added Lux: “We are all really comfortable with each other. It is just easy.”

Eads also advanced in the long jump (second, 16-09), while Lux won her second straight pole vault title (9-06). Lux’s teammate, Audrey Reinhart, finished in a tie for second in the pole vault (9-0) and will also compete at the Shelbyville Regional next week.

“It was only a matter of time for Reinhart,” said SHS head coach Nick Blakey.

On Wednesday morning, Blakey received call-back information. Eads and Martin ended up advancing in the 100, while Malea Terrell, who was fourth overall in the high jump Tuesday (5-01), also advanced in her event. Martin was fifth in the 100 finals Tuesday and Eads was sixth.

SHS will now have girls competing in five events at the regional next week.

Blakey said the 400 relay team, led by four-year veterans Martin and Lux, simply has the chemistry and work ethic needed to compete at a high level.

“They have been running together for awhile,” Blakey said. ‘We actually moved Megan from the third leg to the first leg. Her and Anna Lux switched. This group kind of pulls the rest of the team along.

“The biggest thing for us, we have a pretty solid core of sprinters. All the girls get along really well and they work hard in practice."

Also for the Golden Bears Tuesday, Jill Anspaugh and Braelyn Stacy were seventh and eighth in the 1,600, while Marlee Rice was fifth in the high jump.

For Morristown, Jessica Brimelow was fifth in 200 prelims before finishing fifth overall in the finals. Allison Warfield was fifth in the 100 hurdle finals and 10th in the 300 finals. Lilly Stoddard was seventh in the high jump and Rylee Kleine was 12th in the 1,600.

For Triton Central, Tenleigh Phelps was sixth in the discus throw and seventh in the shot put. Olivia Floyd was ninth in shot put and 11th in discus. Alyssa Lewis was ninth in the 300 hurdles.

Warren Central won the meet with 165 points. Shelbyville was sixth with 60.5 points and Morristown was eighth with 15. Triton Central finished in 11th with five points.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.