Southsider Voice correspondent
Local high school runners came home with five individual and three relay championships Friday from the Conference Indiana boys and girls track and field championships at Bloomington North.
Franklin Central’s boys team won the 4-by-800-meter and 4-by-100 relays. Senior Marcel Price was a triple winner. He captured the 100 and 200 dashes in 11.53 and 22.47 seconds, respectively, and was on the winning 4-by-100 relay with Najee Wilkins, Aaron Houston and Robert Ritter.
The winning 4-by-800 relay featured Evan Shuck, Andrew Schmalfeldt, Robbie Talhelm and Kyle O’Malley.
Southport’s Clayton Bowie captured the 3,200 run in 9 minutes, 20.18 seconds, finishing 7.14 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Perry Meridian Stathis Krauth won the 400 run in 50.64.
Franklin Central was fourth with 75 points; Southport fifth, 67.5 points; and Perry Meridian seventh, 62 points.
FC’s girls won the 4-by-800 relay with Haley Welch, Olivia Koehl, Emily Welch and Brooke Talhelm with a time of 9:33.62, a dominating 32 seconds over the second- place team.
Southport Molly Bridges posted the Cardinals’ top finish in second place in shot put (36 feet).
Perry Meridian junior Ari Newhouse was second in the 400, 59.28, and senior Kieran Casey was third in the 3200 run, 11:35.65.
The Flashes were fifth, 66.5 points; Perry Meridian sixth, 48.5 points; and Southport eighth, 39 points.
Bloomington North won the boys title, and Columbus North won the girls crown.
CG boys third
Center Grove senior Justin Veteto swept the hurdles Friday in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference track championships at North Central.
Veteto, who recently set event records in the Johnson County championships, won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.24 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 37.96, winning the latter by 1.16 seconds. Teammate Evan Tandy was third (39.77).
The Trojans’ 4-by-800 relay team of Bradley Bennett, Grant Stapleton, Nathan Fill and Reed Sauter posted a winning time of 8:0.01 and were 4.86 seconds ahead of Ben Davis.
Veteto and Tandy also were on the runner-up 4-by-400 relay team with Jackson Hohlt and Conner Steeb.
The Trojans were third with 76.50 points. Ben Davis won the boys championship.
CG’s girls team was fourth with 77 points.
The 4-by-400 relay team of Allyah Clinker, Tori Long, Taylor Hickey and Olivia Rassel finished second to Warren Central.
Rassel was third in the 100 (12.72 seconds) and 1,600 (5:24.06).
The Trojans third-place finishers included Taylor Pennington, high jump, 5-03; Melissa Nelson, pole vault, 11-06; and Ali Calhoun, discus, 120-09.
Warren Central won the girls meet with 123 points.
Roncalli finished second in girls team points and third in the boys meet May 1 in the All-Catholic Invitational at Guerin Catholic in Noblesville.
The Rebels won the girls 4-by-800 relay with Kristen Reece, Kaitlin Owens, Kenzie Quinn and Josie Asher. Annie Richardson and Emma Schmidt tied for second in the pole vault, and Paige Saylor was second in the 100 dash. The 4-by-400 relay team of Leah Biasi, Josie Asher, Emma Lawrie and Jenn Biasi finished second.
In the boys meet, Conner James won the discus competition; Nat Otley capturing the 300-meter hurdles. Nick Farrar (400 dash), Ryan Hume (long jump) and the 4-by-800 relay team of Austin O’Gara, Andy Bauer, Walter Dearing and Joey Ray took second-place honors.
Chatard won the girls title, and Guerin won the boys championship.