Girls track: LaPorte’s Elena Lancioni has big day; LC wins sixth straight DAC title
CROWN POINT — Elena Lancioni was in a world of her own in the Duneland Athletic Conference girls track meet Tuesday. The LaPorte junior ran away from the field in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs to capture the running event MVP award.
“You have to be able to run by yourself and push it out in front alone,” said Lancioni.
The 1,600 and 3,200 double is a remarkable feat, and even more so given the fact that Lencioni hadn’t run the 3,200 in a meet yet this season.
“I’ve been running the 800 to get some closing speed,” Lancioni said. “But it will be just the 1,600 and 3,200 the rest of the way. I still have a lot of work to do to get ready for the state meet.”
Lake Central captured the team title for the sixth year in a row. The Indians scored 142 points, while runner-up Merrillville had 96 points and Chesterton finished third with 95.5 points. Lake Central persevered despite not having a place to practice for much of the year.
“It’s been a challenging year, to put it politely,” Lake Central Ron Fredrick said.
“Other schools have been very gracious to let us practice at their place. But all the logistics of hauling people and equipment has added an hour and a half to each practice. I knew we had some good girls coming back and some good freshmen coming in, but it’s hard to know where you’re at when you’re running the hallways for practice.”
Lake Central’s Kaitlyn Moricz set the meet’s lone record by going 19-0 in the long jump. Moricz took the field event MVP award by also finishing third in the pole vault. She anchored the Indians’ second-place 400 relay team.
“It was a really good night for Kaitlyn,” Fredrick said.
In addition to Moricz, the Indians’ Megan Zajac won the 400 and anchored the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. Pariss Bettis won the 100 hurdles, Jess Delbovo won the discus, and Brooke Lambert led a 1-2-3 Indians sweep in the pole vault.
Merrillville got a win in the 100 from Anjelica Peppers and the 200 from Airrica Harper. The pair also combined to lead the Pirates’ 400 relay team to a victory.