BENTON — It quickly became a race between two teams for the Northeast Corner Conference Girls Track Championship.
And every point mattered.
Angola edged out Churubusco by half a point for the NECC Girls Track title on Wednesday night at Fairfield High School.
The Hornets finished with 125.5 points, and the Eagles finished with 125 points.
In a distant third was the host Fairfield with 59 points, followed by Garrett with 53.5, Central Noble 53, Westview 47, West Noble 47, Prairie Heights 35, Eastside 29.5, Lakeland 28 and Fremont 21.5.
Angola had four individual conference champions to lead it to victory. Michelle Luna won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.07. Samantha Biernat took the 800 run in 2:30.80. Laura Rodriguez Lugo won the 300 hurdles by over a second in 48.26, and Jessica Davis won the shot put by six inches in a throw of 37 feet and eight and a half inches.
The Hornets’ Taylor Clemens and Hannah Blum finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600, and the pair came in third and fourth, respectively in the 3,200. Lugo also finished third in the 100 hurdles.
Luna came in fourth in the 200, second in the 400 and fifth in the long jump.
The runners-up Eagles had three champions on Wednesday. Maggie Burita won the pole vault by two feet with a jump of 11 feet. She was also on the 4x400 relay team with Meranda Mallot, Jordan McCart and Brelle Shearer that won in a time of 4:15.41. ’Busco’s 4x800 relay team of Cara Debolt, McCart, Alayna Fulkerson and Katie Graft defeated Angola’s quartet with a time of 10:12.34.
Graft and Debolt finished second and third, respectively in the 800, and Graft came in fifth in the mile.
Hannah Boersma finished second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles, followed by teammate Isabelle Zuk in fourth. Zuk also finished third in the long jump. Mariah Hosted also helped score with a fifth-place finishes in the 100 and 200.
Central Noble’s Katelyn Ayres won the discus with a throw of 131-7 and finished in second in the shot put at 37-2.50. The Cougars’ Meleah Leatherman took the high jump title by four inches with a height of 5-2. Her teammate Anna Jordan finished second in the pole vault at nine feet.