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Zionsville Times Sentinel

BLOOMINGTON — With state finalists in five of the Saturday, May 31, boys track and field events, Zionsville began the afternoon with its best performance of the day.

The Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay team of senior Kevin McCarthy, senior Alex Kovach, senior Travis Stauffer, and junior Dylan Sorensen claimed third place medals with a time of 7:54.57 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington.

“I feel really good because that’s what we’ve been working for since freshman year,” Stauffer said. “We finally got here and got our big medal. I wish it would have been blue, but it’s still really cool being in the top three.”

The top three finishers in the 3,200 relay all came from the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, as Noblesville took first with a time of 7:52.69 and Fishers finished second at 7:54.44. The three teams competed closely at the state meet, the regional meet, the sectional meet, and the conference meet this year. Carmel, which has competed with the teams since sectionals, finished a close fourth.

“I was more surprised after regionals that we were all real high,” Stauffer said of the area teams finishing atop the list together. “But here it didn’t really surprise me a whole lot, just because even in our sectional we were all so far ahead. We’ve always been real competitive with all three of them through the last two years.”

Freshman Shane Mikesky burst onto the state’s hurdles scene this year, advancing past regionals in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles events. He came as close as it gets to making the nine-runner finals in the 110 hurdles, taking 10th place with a time of 14.74 seconds. He was five-hundredths of a second off the finals qualifying time.

“I was watching the board hoping my time would go up there, and I saw that I was five-hundredths of a second from getting the ninth place spot,” Mikesky said. “It would have been nice to get in the finals, but just to be able to place 10th as a freshman feels good.”

He took 14th in the 300 hurdles, matching his seed time of 40.13 seconds. Warren Central’s D’Juan Richardson won the 300 hurdles, as well as the 110 hurdles.

McCarthy made his first trip to the state finals, as well, in his first year with the Zionsville track team. In the 800-meter run, the senior posted a solid time of 1:57.91, beating his seed time. Drew Shields of Fishers had a spectacular day in Bloomington, winning the 800 run. Shields also finished first in the 1600-meter run, lifting Fishers to fourth place overall.

The Eagles were represented in the field portion of the meet, as senior Tyler Mantel vied for the pole vault championship. The event began with the bar resting at 13 feet, 6 inches, and Mantel was one of eight competitors unable to clear the height.

Fort Wayne Northrop’s Corey Shank defended his state title by taking first place in the pole vault.

In the 100-meter dash, Terre Haute North’s Shaun Smith claimed first place at 10.47 seconds. Sheridan junior Nick Zachery came in seventh, clocking in at 10.84.

Indianapolis Ben Davis’ 400-meter relay team of Colin Hester, Rapheal Williams, Lavarus Williams, and Matthew Terrell took first place at 41.33 seconds. In the 1600-meter relay, the Gary Wallace team of Deshannon Fryerson, Emmanuel Dixon, Jerel Flournoy and Robert Gardner won with a time of 3:16.37.

Gardner then won the 400-meter dash for Gary Wallace, clocking in at 47.42 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Ben Davis’ Terrell picked up another win for the Giants at 21.23.

Ben Davis won the team state championship on Saturday, putting together 67 total points. Lawrence North came in second with 45 points, despite having only one individual champion. Warren Central was unable to repeat as state champs, taking third place with 36 points.

Zionsville finished 32nd out of 79 teams, picking up points on the day. All seven of the Eagles’ points came from the 3200-meter relay team.

“I really enjoyed running with these guys this year,” the senior Stauffer said. “They made it a lot of fun all the way through high school.”

In the long jump, Bloomington South’s Scottie Alora won for the Bulldogs with a jump of 23-03.00. Robert Belden of Decatur Central finished first in the discus with a throw of 185-08.

Derrick Spight of Warren Central took first place in the high jump, leaping 6-11.00. Lawrence North’s Brandon Pounds won the shot put for the Wildcats with a throw of 63-09.00.

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