Lady Vikes get five regional spots at New Haven Girls' Track Sectional

Lady Viking runners Alena Miller (left) and Kyler Hoopingarner compete in the 1,600-meter run at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, afternoon, May 16.
Lady Viking runners Alena Miller (left) and Kyler Hoopingarner compete in the 1,600-meter run at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, afternoon, May 16. Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by Veronika Russell winning the pole vault, Huntington North High School had five automatic qualifications to regional at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 16.

Russell, a sophomore, went 8-6 to win on jumps in the pole vault as the Lady Vikings earned four of their five qualifications in the field events. Top three finishes earned automatic move-ons to regional next week at Marion.

Junior Karmen Koch was a double qualifier for HNHS, placing third in both the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump. Amaya Torres advanced in the discus with second place and Tabi Smith took third in the shot put.

Koch sped to a :47.57 in the 300 hurdles and jumped 5-0 in the high jump. Torres, a junior, heaved the discus 110-1 for her runner-up spot, and Smith threw the shot 32-6 for her third place.

The Lady Vikings finished fourth as a team with 70.50 points. Homestead was the team champ with 200 points, Fort Wayne Wayne was runner-up with 104 points and South Adams nipped HNHS by one-half point to finish third among the 10 teams at the meet.

The Lady Vikes had two fourth-place finishes. The 3,200-meter relay team went 10:10.25 for its spot, and junior Chloe Scheiber went 12:11.36 for fourth in the 3,200-meter run.