Camille Christopher
Camille Christopher
Hamilton County once again boasted a number of excellent girls track and field teams this past spring.

County teams occupied four of the top-10 spots in the state finals standings including state runner-up Hamilton Southeastern. Fishers finished in a tie with Zionsville for eighth place, while Noblesville and Carmel tied for tenth.

With such a strong overall team result, it should come as no surprise that the Royals gobbled up this year's batch of county awards.

The Times has named two of HSE's leading ladies, junior sprinter Camille Christopher and junior hurdler Mia Mackenzie, as our 2017 Hamilton County Track and Field Co-Athletes of the Year.

Both Christopher and Mackenzie were hampered in the early part of the season with injuries, but both finished strong. The girls were teammates on the Royal 4x100-meter relay team that won the state title with a time of 47.19 seconds. Freshman Olivia Burgess and sophomore Tierra Sydnor rounded out that quartet.

Christopher and Mackenzie both also earned top-10 finishes in the state finals in two additional events.

Christopher proved herself to be one of the state's top sprinters finishing fourth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200. She lowered both of her school records in these events over the course of the season.

Mackenzie's specialty is in the hurdles. The junior placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles at state. She dropped her 100 hurdle time by over a half second this year, and she also lowered her school record in the 300 hurdles by over a half second.

Leading these two along with the rest of the HSE track and field squad was our 2017 Hamilton County Coach of the Year, Julie Alano.

This was Alano's 12th season as the varsity girls track and field coach. Alano has led HSE to six Hamilton County titles, seven HCC titles, six sectional titles, seven regional titles and five top-10 state finals finishes.

This season's second place finish was the highest finish in school history.

Other Top Performers:

The county produced a bevy of strong candidates for top-county honors this year. Here are some other athletes who were in the running:

Maria Anderson, Noblesville, So. - Only a sophomore, Anderson was one of the top Miller track athletes this season. She earned two top-10 finishes at the state finals meet. She placed eighth in the 400 with a time of 57.21 seconds and was part of the state champion 4x800 relay team. She also placed first in both the 200 and 400 at the Hamilton County meet and won the 400 at the HCC meet.

Abi Little, Noblesville, Jr. - Little had an excellent year and also earned two top-10 finishes at state this season. She was also a member of the state-title-winning 4x800 relay team and she placed 10th in the 1600 with a time of 5:04.01. Little also brought home individual county titles in the 800-meter run and in the 1600.

Emily Robertson, Westfield, Sr. - Robertson was undoubtedly one of the leaders of the 2017 Shamrock team. She led the team in scoring and broke school records in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.63 seconds) and the 300-meter hurdles (45.5 seconds). Robertson placed ninth in the 100 hurdles at the state finals and served as the lead leg in the 4x400 relay team that also placed ninth.

Gabby Brown, Westfield, Sr. - Brown was another senior leader on the Westfield team this season. She was a solid leg for two relay teams that placed at state: the 4x800 team (sixth) and the 4x400 team (ninth).

Megan Slamkowski, Guerin Catholic, Sr. - Slamkowski was a senior leader for Guerin this year and the only Golden Eagle to earn a top-10 finish at the state finals meet. The senior distance runner placed fifth with a time of 5:01.2 in the 1600-meter run.

Brittany Welch, Sheridan, So. - Welch was the only Blackhawk athlete to represent the school at the state finals meet. She acquitted herself well finishing 15th in the long jump with a leap of 17-01.5.

Reagan Hune, Carmel, So. - Hune was the only Greyhound athlete to qualify for and compete in three different state finals events. The young sophomore placed sixth in the 400-meter dash while running on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that finished 12th and 13th, respectively. She also placed first in the 400 at the Lafayette Jefferson regionals.

"(Hune) is one of our hardest workers and, even though only a sophomore during the season, one of our best leaders," Carmel head coach Aaron McRill said. "She's not only vocal, but leads by example. One of those kids you love to have on your team."

Tamia Perryman, Fishers, Fr. - When asked about Perryman, Fishers head coach Andrew Belloli put it simply:

"Tamia Perryman came in as a freshman and became the most decorated sprinter in school history."

Tough to get higher praise than that.

Perryman's freshman campaign was undeniably impressive. She placed in the top-10 in three different events in her first go at the state finals meet. She placed 9th in the 100-meter dash, 8th in the 200 and was part of the 4x100 team that finished third. She also placed first in the 200 at the HCC meet.

Pretty solid start to a career.

Kayla Crose, Fishers, Sr. - If Perryman was the break-out, dynamic rookie for the Tigers, Crose was the steady, productive veteran. The senior was a part of two relay teams that nabbed top-five finishes at state: the 4x100 relay team (third) and the 4x400 relay team (fourth). She ran the fastest split out of anyone on the 4x400 team this season at 56.6 seconds.