INDIANAPOLIS — Shenandoah High School senior Erikka Hill repeated as state champion in girls shot put during Saturday’s IHSAA Track & Field State Finals at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
Hill becomes the second Shenandoah athlete to win back-to-back individual state championships, as Silas Allred won the wrestling state title in the 195-pound weight class in 2019 and 2020.
There was no spring sports season in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, so Hill’s first championship in shot put was in 2019 and she repeated in 2021.
Hill was seeded No. 1 coming into the state finals and did not have her best heaves of the season on a hot and relatively humid Saturday afternoon. But they far enough to get the job done.
Hill’s first toss of 49-4.25 was her best of the day. Hill’s next three throws were a little shorter than the previous ones, and then she heaved the heavy sphere 44-1 on her fifth attempt. She fouled on her sixth, and final, attempt.
However, no one could match or exceed Hill’s tosses, as second place went to Lewis Cass senior Averi Parker, whose second attempt of the day at 43-9.75 was her best.
The state finals record in shot put is 50-9, set in 2011 by Portage’s Tori Bliss.
Hill also scored points for the Raiders in discus, and she flung the dish 133-10 on her second attempt to finish fourth. None of Hill’s four other throws came close to the 133-10, and she fouled on her sixth, and final, attempt.
Elkhart senior Mia Pulianas, the No. 1 seed coming in, won the event, hurling the discus a distance of 144-05. Parker was second (135-6) and Lawrence Central senior Morgan Murff placed third (135-2).
The 16 points earned by Hill enabled Shenandoah to finish in a three-way tie for 17th in the team standings with Lewis Cass and Chesterton.
In addition to Hill’s illustrious high school track & field career, Hill was C-T Girls Basketball Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons, and shared C-T Volleyball Player of the Year honors her senior season with New Castle senior Mabrey Shaffmaster.
Hill has received an athletic scholarship from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida to throw for the Hurricanes starting next season.
Indianapolis Cathedral won the team state championship with 39 points, edging second-place Warren Central who had 38 points. Zionsville was third with 33 points, and North Central of Indianapolis and Lawrence Central tied for fourth place with 32 points apiece.
Sixty-five high school teams scored at least a point during Saturday’s state finals. Unfortunately, New Castle was not one of them.
The Trojans had two athletes competing, junior Anysssa Hall and sophomore Ella Garvin.
Hall competed in long jump and had three attempts, but none of them were far enough to enable her to continue in the finals session.
Hall’s third and final attempt of 17-3 was her best and good enough for 20th place among 27 competitors.
Garvin competed in two events, the first being high jump. Garvin cleared 5-0 on her first attempt, 5-2 on her second attempt, but failed to clear the bar at a height of 5-4 after three attempts. As a result, Garvin finished 22nd out of 27 competitors in high jump. A little later in the day, Garvin competed in the 300-meter hurdles. Garvin ran that event in 48.02 seconds, which placed her 22ns among the 24 girls who completed the event.
In addition, former New Castle athlete Tristan Barr and now a senior at Carmel participated in pole vault. Barr cleared five different heights ranging from 11-0 to 12-3, but failed to clear 12-6 after three attempts.
As a result, Barr finished fifth in pole vault, earning five points toward 10th-place Carmel’s team score of 22.
Friday: IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals
Knightstown High School sophomore Mason Fields was the only local high school boy to make an appearance in this year’s state finals. Fields competed in long jump in the late afternoon on a hot and relatively humid day and had three attempts.
Fields’ third attempt at 20-0.25 was his best, but he needed to leap at least 21-10 to make the top 10 for the finals. As a result, Fields ended up finishing 25th out of 27 competitors in the event.
Carmel won the boys team state championship with 68 points, running away from second-place Brownsburg who had 40. Center Grove was third with 38 points.