Huskies girls continue strong run

Harlem's Jenna Combs (far right) builds a big, early lead in the 100 hurdles at the Huskies' home conference meet. Combs, who won the 55-meter hurdles state championship at the indoor championships, won the event over runners from Guilford, Belvidere and East. Photo by Matt Nestor

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

The Harlem Huskies girls’ track team entered the season as a strong favorite in the NIC-10. A strong performance through the indoor events only solidified their status at the top.

Now, the Huskies have got off to a hot start to the conference season, dominating the field in their first conference meet.

Harlem played host to Guilford, Belvidere and East, but they weren’t very nice hosts, topping the field with a score of 135. Guilford was second with 69 points. Belvidere was a distant third, 2 points ahead of East with 27 points.

The Huskies won 12 of 17 possible events, helped by the continued brilliance of Jenna Combs and Leah Raffarty.

Combs, who won the 55-meter hurdles at the Class 3A state indoor championships, won the high jump as well as the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Combs is one of the top-ranked runners in the state in the hurdles.

Raffarty, one of the top cross country runners from the fall, ran good as well. She won in the distance events, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Harlem sophomore Autumn Miller, who placed fourth in the state at the indoor state championships, won the shot put event at the meet for the Huskies as well.

Guilford won four events to help with their second-place finish, winning the 4×400 relay, the 100-yard dash, the 800-meter run and the long jump. East won the 200-yard dash.

From the April 7-13, 2010 issue

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