Southsider Voice correspondent
Southport High School’s Clayton Bowie will seek his second consecutive state championship in the 3,200-meter run Saturday at Indiana University Bloomington. Bowie, who won the Southport Sectional and the North Central Regional, is ranked second among qualifiers after posting a time of 9 minutes, 11.58 seconds in last week’s regional.
Cooper Williams of West Lafayette has the top qualifying time: 9:10.50. Bowie won the state title last year in 9:01.36.
Overall, Southside competitors won seven individual titles and one relay crown in regional action.
Center Grove’s Justin Veteto goes into the track and field championships with sectional and regional titles in 110- and 300-meter hurdles. He also will compete the 1,600-meter relay with Evan Tandy, Zak Smith and Jackson Hohlt. The foursome recorded a time of 20.38 in the Connersville Regional and finished second, sixty-one hundredths of a second behind Warren Central.
Veteto and Tandy were first and second, respectively, in the 110 hurdles; Veteto later dominated the 300 hurdles in 37.53, 2.13 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Veteto is ranked No. 2 among state finalists in the 110 and sixth in the 300.
Greenwood’s David Dalton, Center Grove’s Cameron Tidd, Franklin Central’s Marcel Price and Reid Abney and the Flashes’ 3,200 relay team also claimed championships.
Dalton won the 1,600-meter run in 4:15.68 and also qualified for the 3,200 with his second-place finish to Columbus North’s Andy Carr. Dalton’s time of 9:26.33 was less than a second off the winning pace.
Tidd won the discus throw with his first toss of 166 feet, 3 inches. Greenfield’s Tyler Beeson was second with a distance of 163-1 on his last attempt.
FC’s Price won the 100 dash in 11.06, and Abney won the shot put with heave of 56-6 1/2.
The Flashes’ 3,200 relay team set a regional record of 7:52.86 and won by nearly eight seconds behind the efforts of Kyle O’Malley, Robbie Talhelm, Andrew Schmalfeldt, who also qualified for the 800 in 1:54.31, and Evan Shuck. The 400 relay squad (43.09) of Aaron Austin, Price, Najee Wilkins and Robert Ritter was second to Warren Central by one-tenth of a second and qualified for the state meet.
Center Grove’s 3,200 relay, third with a time of 8:10.53, is headed to state Nathan Fill, Reed Sauter, Bradley Bennett and Grant Stapleton.
Tandy qualified in the 110 hurdles (14.87) and Stapleton in the 800 run (1:55.73).
At North Central, Southport’s Charlie Stroub finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (40.41) to advance to state.
Roncalli’s Conner James qualified for state with his final discus toss of 157-3 at Connersville. Stathis Krauth from Perry Meridian qualified in the 400 (50.16).
Individuals and relay teams qualified for state by finishing among the top three in regional competition or by bettering a state standard.
The boys meet begins at 3 p.m. with field events. Finals begin at 6:10 p.m. Admission is $10 to the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. “Billy” Hayes Track, which is regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor facilities.
Area schools boast fine contingency in girls finals
Twenty-five girls will represent the Southside in Friday’s state track meet at IU, which unfolds with field preliminaries at 3 p.m. and track and field finals at 6:10 p.m.; admission is $10.
Franklin Central runner Brooke Talhelm, Center Grove high jumper Taylor Pennington and Franklin Central’s 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams brought home regional championships May 27 from Shelbyville.
Talhelm won the 800 in 2:17.73 seconds and was nearly three seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Pennington won the high jump with a leap of 5-5 1/4.
The Flashes’ 1,600 relay squad of Kaylor Hoover, Laine Jackson, Kaitlyn Kendall and Olivia Koehl finished in 3:59.45, and Cailyn Adams, Talhelm, Koehl and Haley Welch recorded a time of 9:26.17 in 3,200 to win by nearly 11 seconds. The 1,600 foursome won by 1.93 seconds over Center Grove’s Aliyah Clinker, Victoria Long, Olivia Rassel and Lauren Rau.
FC’s 3,200 relay stands fourth fastest among 27 state competitors; the 1,600 team ranks fifth.
State qualifiers from the Shelbyville Regional also include: Rassel, Center Grove, 100 dash, 12.44; Allie Dalton, Greenwood, 3,200, 11:01.13; Melissa Nelson, Center Grove, pole vault, 10-9; Victoria Long, Center Grove, 300 hurdles, 46.85; Paige Saylor, Roncalli, Ali Calhoun, discus, 130-7; 3,200 relay of Greenwood, Dalton, Taylor Neely, sophomore Madison Renfro, Krista Robinson, 9:45.06.
Perry Meridian’s Kieran Casey qualified for state with a thrilling runner-up finish in the 1,600 run at Ben Davis. Casey, rejuvenated after fighting a late-season illness last year, posted a 5:05.97, just seventeen-hundredths of a second off the winning time.
Southport’s best performance at Ben Davis was fifth in the 3,200 relay with Heather Blankenbaker, Erin Sullivan, Delaney Bucher and Desiree Kinney (10:12.87).
Center Grove and Franklin Central finished third and fourth, respectively,at Shelbyville.