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Hot Dogs open season with SAC Indoor Championships

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CEJA: Frankfort’s Wendy Ceja competes in the pole vault for the Hot Dogs.
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PALMER: Frankfort senior Andy Palmer took sixth place in the shot put in his first high school track and field meet.
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ALANIS: Frankfort junior Nallely Alanis was the Hot Dogs’ lone champion, winning the 60-meter hurdles.
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WELLS: Frankfort senior Jared Wells finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run at the Sagamore Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Friday night at Wabash College.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Frankfort track and field teams opened the season with the annual Sagamore Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Friday night inside Wabash College’s Knowling Fieldhouse at Crawfordsville, and head coach Richard Sallee was pleased with what he saw out of his athletes in the early-season meet.

“I was really happy with the way our kids performed,” Salle said. “We don’t have indoor facilities to prepare for his type of event like other schools do. Compared to last year, it is night and day. Our numbers are better, which is a big plus, but all of our kids are performing at a higher level than last year.”

The Hot Dogs had one champion on Friday night in junior hurdler Nallely Alanis, who won the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 10.10 seconds.

“I am not even positive that Nallely had ever run the 60 before.” Sallee said. “I think she was about a second off qualifying for the indoor state met. The first time, the timing didn’t work, so they had to rerun the race. And then she blew the field away in the finals.”

In the boys’ meet, Frankfort senior Noah Dubree took second place in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet and 6 inches.

“In warmups, he was clearing over a 14-foot bungee,” Sallee said. “He ended up clearing 12-6 last night to get second. It is promising to see him start better than he finished last year without even (practicing) since last year.”

In his first high school track meet, Frankfort senior Andy Palmer took sixth place in the shot put with a best effort of 39-10.75. In the girls’ meet, Frankfort had four girls in the shot put finals and third place in the top 10 led by senior Beatriz Tovar in fifth place at 29-11.5. Junior Ella Myers was seventh at 29-11, sophomore Logan Tilman was ninth at 27-6, and Marisol Cervantes finished 11th at 25-11.5.

“Our throwers did outstanding,” Sallee said. “We had two newcomers. Palmer made the finals and all of our girls are throwing right at 29. We haven’t had a 29-foot thrower in a while, and all of those girls are going to be in the 30s this year. Ella Myers set a personal record in this first meet of the year by three feet over what she threw last year.”

Senior Dylan Shelley finished eighth in the 60 dash finals at 7.64 second and fifth in the long jump (18-4) in his first high school meet while senior distance runner Jared Wells finished fifth in the 3,200 run at 10:56.54.

“Jared did well,” Sallee said.

“Our high jumpers have only practiced about 20 minutes,” he added. “All of those guys got their steps down right before the meet and were able to clear heights, which is a pretty good deal this early in the season.”

Junior Evan Jordan was sixth in the high jump at 5-8 and was joined in the top 10 by teammates Kenan Horlacher (8th, 5-6), Isaac Mata (10th, 5-6).

Other notable performances for Frankfort were sophomore Janet Martinez’s fourth-place finish in the 3,200 run (14:42.70),sophomore Miguel Cardena’s eighth-place finish in the boys’ 60 hurdle finals (11.16), Kya King taking ninth in the girls’ long jump (13-9.25) and Emma Kelly in the pole vault (7th, 6-0).

“The whole point of the meet for us is to get some practice before we go outside,” Sallee said. “Colton Crum will compete at the Hoosier State Relays on Mach 24 and then we will compete at Clinton Prairie after spring break.”