By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence won 10 events while conquering county rival Mitchell and Barr-Reeve during the home-opening boys track meet on Monday evening.
Cameron Haste won two distances races while powering the Stars to a team totals of 83 points. The Bluejackets, with Nate Reynolds dominating two sprints, totaled 49 while the Vikings finished with 12.
In the girls meet, Barr-Reeve crashed the county clash and won the meet with 83.5 points, followed by BNL (48) and Mitchell (27).
Haste ran with haste in the 1600 (5:10.83) and 3200 (11:31.33) en route to his pair of wins. BNL also recorded key wins from Isaac Willams (2:09.09) in the 800, Stephen Carter (16.40) in the 110 high hurdles, and Zane Thompson (44.85) in the 300 hurdles.
“I think we did pretty well,” BNL coach Brett Deckard said. “They’re getting better every meet. We’re still learning. They keep working hard and that’s all we can do.
“Everything we’re doing the next five weeks is preparing for the sectional. The meets are great. But it’s all about getting better for the right time.”
BNL also won three field events with Austin Messmore (39-4 in the shot put), Brecken Helsley (105-8 in the discus) and James Underwood (5-10 in the high jump). The Stars won two relays and got clipped in the final stride during the thrilling conclusion to the 1600 relay.
Reynolds won the 100 (11.17) and the 200 (23.79) for Mitchell.
In the girls meet, Lindley Steele was a double winner for the Stars. She crossed first in the 100 (13.32) and 200 (28.16), while Makena Moore won twice with blue ribbons in the 400 (1:05.46) and high jump (4-10).
Autumn Spence won the 1600 (5:54.76) and Annaliese Hudson finished first in the shot put (31-4).
“Lindley’s times are getting faster,” BNL assistant coach Jason Webb said. “Autumm is getting better, and Makena jumped four inches higher than our previous meets.
“Our places aren’t changing a whole lot, but times are gradually getting faster.”
BNL will host Springs Valley and Eastern Greene on Thursday.