INDIANAPOLIS — The New Castle, Knightstown, and Blue River Valley High School boys track & field teams sent some athletes to Thursday evening’s Lawrence Central regional, hoping some of them would advance to the IHSAA state finals.
One did, and all three local teams scored at the meet.
Pike was team champion with 65 points, Lawrence Central finished second with 60, and Mt. Vernon (Fortville) was third with 54.33.
New Castle tied Indianapolis Herron for 20th place with seven points apiece, Knightstown tied Perry Meridian and Liberty Christian for 23rd with five points each, and Blue River was 32nd with 0.33 points.
A Panther had the highest individual placing among local athletes, as sophomore Mason Fields finished fourth in long jump with a leap of 21-8.25 for all five of Knightstown’s points.
Fields’ leap was more than a foot further than his sectional distance of 20-3.5.
Originally, Fields missed qualifying for the state finals by one spot. The three athletes ahead of him in long jump all beat the state standard of 22-4.25.
But the IHSAA allows advancement for the four best results outside the top three from each of the four regionals for a field of 16 in each event, and Fields’ leap was good enough to be one of those four in long jump.
Fields will participate in this Friday’s (June 4) IHSAA boys state finals at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. The cost of admission is $12 and the event will be streamed live on IHSAAtv.org.
New Castle senior Jace Logston earned four of the Trojans’ seven points by placing fifth in the 400m dash with a personal-best time of 50.26 seconds. Logston ran in the second section of the 400, the faster one based on sectional times.
Logston bettered his sectional time of 50.70 seconds, and the 50.26 seconds was the second-fastest time in school history for the 400.
Logston missed qualifying for the state finals by 0.22 seconds.
Logston also competed in the 200m dash, but his preliminary time of 23.73 seconds was not quite fast enough to earn him a spot in the finals.
New Castle junior Andrew Fewell earned two points for the Trojans by placing seventh in the 3200m run in a personal-best time of 10:01.65. Only 7.99 seconds separated fourth through seventh place.
Fewell’s time was over nine seconds faster than his sectional time of 10:10.92.
New Castle’s final point was earned by senior Matt Bell in the shot put, who heaved the heavy sphere 49-7.75 on his second attempt for his best of six throws on the evening.
This was 11.75 inches better than Bell’s best effort at the sectional, and the 49-7.75 was a personal record for him.
Bell also competed in discus. His best fling of three in that event traveled 125-3, which placed him 11th among all competitors.
Blue River Valley senior Bryce Klein finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in the high jump with seniors Ibrahim Kamara from Southport and Andrew Jones from Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
Each of the three cleared a height of 5-10 on their second attempts, and all three failed to clear a height of 6-0 after three attempts. The one point for eighth place was split three ways, hence the 0.33 points.
Klein also competed in discus. His best fling of three was his first one at 123-6, good enough for 13th place.
New Castle junior Kyle Gabbard had qualified for the regional in the 300-meter hurdles by having one of those four best times among those not in the top three from the four sectionals feeding into the Lawrence Central regional.
Gabbard ran a personal-best 43.27 seconds in the event to finish 10th.
New Castle senior Nate Smith qualified for the regional in both shot put and discus, but competed only in discus. Smith fouled on all three of his attempts and did not have a placing.