KOUTS — It didn’t take very long into the freshman season of South Central’s Adelaide Young Brust to demonstrate her endurance and visible success in the long-distance running events.
At Saturday’s Porter County Conference Meet, the Satellites’ sophomore continued to prove her worth, specifically in the 3,200-meter run.
Young Brust, who had finished second earlier in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 50.3 seconds), surged ahead of Boone Grove freshman Krya Flesvig at the midway mark of the seventh lap of the 3,200 and further distanced herself on the final lap to finish first by 11 seconds with a personal-best time of 12:21.28.
Those efforts by Young Brust helped the Satellites’ girls to a respectable fifth place with 70 points, just four back from the host Mustangs.
“When I made my move, I started breaking it down into 800s,” Young Brust said. “I was thinking about it that way. I knew at that moment, it was now or never. If it feels right, I am not going to slow down. I would say after four laps to go, and you are halfway down, it is easier to break it down to a mile.”
However, the opportunities to break down those numbers have been few this season due to limited amount of times to run because of inclement weather.
“This season has not been smooth sailing for me,” Young Brust said. “We had two meets cancelled last week. Then, I was out of town for a meet and it was snowing at the Kouts meet – so I have not had as many chances to run as I would have liked.
“I wasn’t feeling that great coming into this race, and you never know mentally in the 3,200 where you are at. If I make my move, am I going to run out of gas? It’s daunting at the beginning, but it does get easier. It was great to have a nice day to run and to post some good numbers.”
South Central coach Isaac Bules said he is grateful to have a runner like Young Brust, whose versatility goes beyond the long-distance events.
“I just ran her a week ago in the 800, and she did well there,” Bules said. “It’s tricky when you have to run the 1,600 and 3,200, but she’s proving that she can do both and do well. We’ll likely keep to one event for the sectional, so we’ll have to decide what event she has the best shot in.”
The South Central boys finished fifth with 59 points on the strengths of seconds in the 110 hurdles and 400 relay. Trenton Olling placed second in the 110 hurdles (16.64) and the 400 relay team of Andrew Karsten, Devin Coleman, Gavin Scott and Matt Novak recorded second with a time of 47.59. Coleman added a fourth in the 100 (12:04).
“Our four-by-one is looking pretty good,” Bules said. “Devin pushed that group, and the rest of the guys are running well. They’re still working on some hand-off stuff, but I’m happy with a second-place finish.”
Leading the Westville girls was the steady efforts of senior Cassie Janas, who claimed first in the discus with a throw of 112 feet, 9 inches, helping her team to a 23-point effort. The Blackhawks’ boys scored 29 points, with Jaron Hannon finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles (18:56) and the long jump (18-5 1/4).
Janas, who will attend Southern Indiana in Evansville, advanced to the regional last season and is aiming high in her goal of advancing to the state finals. She holds the school record with a throw of 118.
“It wasn’t horrible today,” Janas said. “I know my best is still ahead. I did not place at the regional last year, and I am shooting for state. I have nothing to lose right now.”
Westville coach Dominic Riffett commended his whole squad for their dedication.
“Everybody out here tried as hard they possibly could – whether they finished first or last,” he said. “Seeing that effort was No. 1 for me.”
LaCrosse’s girls (16 points) were led by a second-place showing by junior Claire Garwood in the shot put (34-2) and a third by Katie Bell in the discus (91-0). Keegan McArdle scored two points in the 110 hurdles (20.22) for the boys.