On paper, it looked liked Tuesday’s Zionsville girls track and sectional would be a tight two-team battle between the host Eagles and Brownsburg.
But a strong effort from top to bottom allowed Zionsville to dominate the field, winning six events and winning the sectional title with 151 points.
"All of our girls placed a little higher than we expected them too coming into the meet," Zionsville head coach Drake Sterling said. "It was kind of a secondary goal to win, I really thought Brownsburg was going to be ahead of us, but our girls stepped up big."
The Eagles swept the relay championships. The 3,200 relay team of Anna Settle, Katie Humphries, Taylor Brown and Reagan McCooey won in 9:56.60.
Later the 400-meter relay team of Sophie Yovanovich, Michelle Nazarov, Cam Gietl and Audrey Sexton won in 48.89.
The Eagles capped the meet off with a bang, nearly setting the sectional record as the 1,600-meter relay team of Michelle Nazarov, Lily Robinson, Lauren Rinehart and Ella Robinson finished in 3:58.24.
"The 4x4 was a little bit of a surprise," Sterling said. "Lily Robinson hadn't run it before and then a 57-second split and helped fuel us to our first sub-4:00 of the season, which is big for them. The 4x1 did what we expected them to do, we wanted to get safely through and into the regional. The 4x800 was really good tonight too."
The Eagles also got maximum points in the pole vault.
Anne Busse won the sectional title in 10-feet-2-inches, with Ale Nelson placing second in 9-feet-6.
"Vic does a great job with our vaulters," Sterling said. "Bringing home 18 points there really put us ahead for good midway through the meet."
The two other wins for the Eagles came in the 300-meter hurdles, where Ella Robinson ran a sectional record 43.98 to win.
Katelyn Wasson easily won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:11.03.
It wasn’t just winners who stepped up for the Eagles.
In the throwing events, Lydia Lupinski advanced to the regional by placing second in the discus with a throw of 114-feet-10-inches. In the shot put, Katelyn Makinde placed third with a 37-feet-1-inch.
"That was a big PR for Lydia in the discus and went from seeded sixth to second," Sterling said. "That was huge not just for team points, but for her. She was in outside contention for a spot at the regional, and she has moved herself into a position to get to state. It was just a great day from our throws."
Audrey Sexton was second in the long jump in 16-feet-6.25 to advance to the regional.
Gietl was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.72 to advance and Yovanovich was second in the 100-meter dash in 12.75 to advance.
Margaret Allen qualified for regionals with a third place finish in the 1,600-meter run in 5:22.08 and Nazarov was second in the 200 in 26.32 to advance.
Also advancing was Lauren Rinehart, who has missed most of the spring with mono, but ran 2:24.98 to place second and qualify for regionals.
"I was proud of her," Sterling said. "She really missed like six weeks of training and has just been back the last couple of weeks. We knew she is really talented and could still run fast, but the way she ran with confidence today was great."
The Eagles now have the Lafayette Regional next Tuesday.
The top-3 in each event plus anyone who gets the state standard advances to state.
"We have a chance to send more girls to the state meet than we ever have," Sterling said. "That is a big goal of ours. We have a lot of girls right there and hopefully we get a few surprises too."