Franklin Central’s Malachi Quarles of Franklin Central led the way for Southsiders in the 46th annual IHSAA boys and girls track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Quarles won the boys’ 110-meter hurdles race in 13.91 seconds, one-half second ahead of runner-up Trey Sebben of Portage and edged the same runner by one-10th of a second in the 300-meter hurdles. Quarles winning time was 38.10 seconds.
The Flashes’ hurdler paced 11 athletes from four Southside high schools who earned a combined 14 medals (top nine finishers).
Center Grove sprinter Sam Hohlt, 39.11 seconds, was seventh in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Brandon Wheat finished 10th in the 100 dash prelims and just missed the finals.
Franklin Central was ninth in boys’ team standings with 20 points; champion North Central amassed 42 points.
In the girls’ championships Saturday, Center Grove pole vaulter Taylor Jarosinski came in second with a vault of 12 feet, nine inches that tied the school record. The Trojans’ vaulter missed that height twice while state champion Kennedy Irish of Hamilton Southeastern had only one prior miss.
Teammate Kiyah Yeast was the fastest sprinter among 17 entrants in the 100 dash with a school record time of 11.61 seconds. She finished third in the finals in 11.98 seconds and was ninth in the 200 dash.
Franklin Central’s Jada Redus was fourth in the 1800 run in 4 minutes, 59.425 seconds. FC’s Cassandra Evans was fourth in discus.
Greenwood’s Emily Bonser won two medals with a fifth place in shot put at 42 feet, 11.25 inches and eighth in discus at 129 feet, 8 inches.
Perry Meridian’s Hannah Barque was fifth in the 200 in 24.49 seconds, and Falcon Iyania Hunter was sixth in the 400 in 56.35 seconds.
The two Falcons earned a second medal on the 1600-relay team that was eighth in 3 minutes, 58.13 seconds with teammates Caitlin Baird and Ali Dale.
Center Grove’s Julia Riley was fifth in long jump with a school-record leap of 18 feet, 7 inches.
Southport pole vaulter Kierston Piatt was erroneously omitted from the list of Southside competitors in the May 29 edition of The Southsider Voice. She placed 21st.