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Frankfort girls take 3rd at conference

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ANCHOR: Frankfort's girls 4x800-relay team took second behind Lebanon, with Christina Espidio, above, anchoring. Blazia Sallee, Carina Alanis and Ingrid Guijosa Valdes ran the other legs.
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RECORD BREAKER: Frankfort's Nallely Alanis, center, broke the Sagamore Conference meet record in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday at Danville, with a time of 15.54 nipping Tri-West's Payton Waling, right, (15.84).
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CLOSING IN: Frankfort's Hugo Hernandez, left, came back from the second pack to challenge Danville's Alec Means over the last laps of the 3,200-meter run at the Sagamore Conference meet on Friday, but settled for second. Hernandez also took fourth in the 1,600 run.
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A LITTLE OOMPH: Frankfort's Zeke VanDeventer took fifth in the shot put at Friday's Sagamore Conference track and field meet at Danville.
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WATCH IT FLY: Frankfort sophomore Kenya Garcia took third in the discus at Friday's Sagamore Conference meet with a throw of 100 feet.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort's Nallely Alanis broke the Sagamore Conference track and field meet record with a time of 15.54 in the 100-meter hurdles at Danville on Friday, as the Hot Dog girls team finished third out of eight schools behind Lebanon and Danville.

“Nallely did what she usually does and had her first-place finish in the 100 hurdles and then second in the 300 hurdles,” Frankfort head coach Tim Galati said. “We just had a lot of people contributing, especially on the girls side of things. We scored in the jumps and had some scores in the throws that helped us get to that third-place finish.”

Lebanon won the girls event with 160 points, with Danville at 113.5 and Frankfort at 86.5 outdistancing fourth place North Montgomery (69.5). Southmont (58), Tri-West (49), Western Boone (48.5) and Crawfordsville (39) finished out the standings.

“Our team goal after the indoor meet was to be top three in the conference, and that would be an improvement over last year when they got fourth,” Galati said before final standings were announced. “So, assuming that stands, that was a great effort by our girls. There were quite a few events where we moved up from where we should have been on paper based on seeds, so that was great to see.”

One such instance came from freshman Kiyomi Perkins in the 400 dash where she finished in seventh for two team points after coming into the meet with the 13th-best seed time.

The girls also got points from Blazia Sallee (third in the 3,200 run), Kenya Garcia (third in the discus), Carina Alanis (fourth in the 3,200 run and fifth in the 1,600), Ella Myers (fourth in the shot put), Mariso Cervantes Zamora (fifth in the shot put), Alysha Ramey (fifth in the 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump), Payton Dubree (fifth in the pole vault), Kiana Cervantez (sixth in the pole vault), Christina Espidio (seventh in 800 run) and Lizbeth Barriga (eighth in the high jump).

The girls 4x800-relay team of Sallee, Carina Alanis, Ingrid Guijosa Valdes and Espidio took second behind Lebanon, with the 4x400 team taking fifth and the 4x100 team seventh.

“Our distance (runners) did pretty well in this meet with Hugo (Hernandez in the boys event) especially and our 4x8(00) team getting second on the girls side and Blazia getting third (in the 3,200) and Carina managing to get fourth (in the 3,200 coming on late to do so)," Galanti said.

After Alanis nipped Tri-West's Payton Waling by .3 seconds with her record-performance in the 100 hurdles, Waling returned the favor in the 300 hurdles with a meet record of her own of 46.01 to Alanis's 47.21.

The Frankfort boys team had a tougher go in the conference meet finishing last, with Crawfordsville coming back near the end of the last event – the 4x400 relay – to take sixth and keep Frankfort from jumping them in the team standings. Frankfort finished fifth in that relay.

“We had a lot of good individual results, a second in the 3,200 (by Hernandez),” Galati said. “I haven't seen the field events.

"With our boys, we are a really young team and that's the one thing to keep in mind. I think we only have six seniors on the team. The good thing is we're only going to get better from here no matter what the results ended up being (today). We've got a good base to build on. In the 4x400 for example, we had nothing but sophomores and freshmen.”

He noted two of the team of Michael Hernandez Cuatecatl, Jacob Craig, Andric Mullinax and Alex Kimbowa weren't discovered to be strong at the 400 until recently and the foursome improved Frankfort's seed time by over four seconds in the event.

Along with his second in the 3,200, Hernandez finished fourth in the 1,600. Other point-getters for the Hot Dog boys were Evan Jordan (fourth in the 200 dash and eighth in the high jump), Kyle Earl (fourth in the discus), Zeke VanDeventer (fifth in the shot put) and Hernandez Cuatecatl (seventh in the 300 hurdles).

Yobani Trenado Alanis, Josue Bautista Ventura, Cristian Asensio-Mora and Hernandez took fifth in the 4x800 relay, while the 4x100 team was disqualified for a baton-exchange violation.

North Montgomery won the boys event for the first time with 120 points. Danville took second (111), with Southmont (104), Lebanon (89), Western Boone (64), Tri-West (53), Crawfordsville (39) and Frankfort (38) finishing out the standings.

The Hot Dog boys last won conference in 2011 and the girls last did so in 2002.

“Even on the girls side, we don't have a ton of seniors,” Galati said. “A high-profile one like Nallely will be gone among some others, but we're not really going to lose many from the core on the girls side either.”