CORTLAND - Alexandra Allen has made it a habit of pulling past the rest of her competition in the girls 100-meter hurdles.
Thursday, at the finals of the Trumbull County Track and Field Meet, the Warren G. Harding senior broke the Don Richards Stadium and meet record of 14.90 seconds set by LaBrae's Laura Kreft in 2003.
Allen distanced herself from the rest of her competition Thursday in a time of 14.76. Her closest competitor was LaBrae junior Megan Gunther, finishing second in a time of 15.53.
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"I knew I could break the record," said Allen, who won the track events MVP with 25 points. "I wanted to go out and try it. I did it and succeeded."
She also won the 300 hurdles in a time of 45.93 - again beating out Gunther, who ran 46.33.
"I kind of had to run my race, so I did," Allen said.
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Warren G. Harding’s Alexandra Allen competes in the 110-meter hurdles on Thursday.
She paced the Raiders to their third straight county championship as they pulled past Girard, 100-87. McDonald was third with 73 points.
"Coach (Charles) Penny always tells us to prepare to work hard," Allen said. "We knew it was becoming a two-man race between us and Girard. So we worked hard and we competed."
It was the Harding girls fourth county title in the last six years - first winning in 2007.
"This is a big accomplishment," Allen said. "I wanted to make our coach proud before I left as a senior and I wanted to help our team out, so that's what we did. So, I'm really proud of it."
SPEED KILLS THE REST: Lakeview senior Lauren Schattinger pulled away for the 100 and 200 titles in times of 12.40 and 26.59, respectively. She also finished second in the 400 (59.50) - taking the overall girls MVP with 28 1/2 points.
"For me today was all about a starting point for the upcoming races," Schattinger said. "This is a point I don't want to come back to as I continue to drop times. Right now, we have extreme weather. One day it's cold and the next day you're sweating. Hopefully, I'll get accustomed to the heat in the upcoming meets."
RECORD BREAKER: Badger sophomore Jennilyn Krumpe broke her own school record she set Tuesday of 59.49.
Krumpe beat out Schattinger for the 400 title in a time of 57.64.
DOUBLE DISTANCE: Howland freshmen Taylor Craigo and Morgan Buckley combined to win the 1,600 and 3,200 titles.
Craigo held off Maplewood junior Alanna Shamrock for the 1,600 title - 5:35.27 to 5:38.05. Buckley beat out teammate and senior Trisha McGuire in the 3,200 - 12:28.51 to 12:43.53.
PLAYING THE FIELD: Newton Falls senior Shannon Montgomery and McDonald sophomore Tory Ross split the field event MVP honors with 18 points each. Montgomery won Tuesday's discus competition (129 feet, 6 inches), while Ross took second (127-8). Thursday, Ross won the shot put over Montgomery (36-11 1/4 to 35-9 1/4).