INDIANAPOLIS — A former wrestling and track and field state finalist, Tyler Beeson knows what it takes to advance come tournament time.
The Greenfield-Central senior displayed that knowledge again Thursday by claiming shot put and discus sectional championships at Warren Central.
“It’s definitely mental thing,” Beeson said. “Just preparing yourself to go your best every single time and trying just a little bit more.”
Beeson, who made it to the wrestling State Finals this winter as a heavyweight, claimed his second career shot put sectional title and first discus crown Thursday.
A lingering back injury relegated Beeson to third and ninth, respectively, in the events at Warren Central a year ago. He recovered enough to grab second in the shot put at the Connersville Regional and 17th at the State Finals.
As a sophomore, Beeson earned an all-state medal with a ninth-place throw in the shot put at the State Finals at Indiana University.
The top four sectional finishers advanced to the regional Thursday; the top three places at Connersville will advance to Bloomington. And Beeson aims to be a dual State Finals competitor.
“I came in seeded first in both (shot put and discus) today, so it was my goal to get them both,” Beeson said. “And the plan is to be at state in both. And not only be there, but compete pretty highly in both.”
Beeson may not be alone on the trip south June 7 for the boys State Finals.
Hancock County competitors swept the top three spots in the sectional shot put. Beeson (55 feet, 10.75 inches) was followed by New Palestine’s Josh McKean (51-11.25) and the Cougars’ Logan Addington (49-6.25).
Addington took third last year as well, while McKean finished fifth, one spot shy of a regional ticket.
McKean, a senior, did not compete in track and field as a freshman and sophomore.
“He was off track for two years and came out last year and broke our school record,” NP coach Dan Weimer said Thursday. “And this year, he’s come out and been very consistent, broke the school record again at 52-7.
“I’m happy for Josh. He deserves the success. He works hard. He has a passion for throwing that big steel ball.”
McKean will join teammates Chris Poturalski and Seth Eagleson at the regional.
Poturalski, a junior, finished third in the 400 meter sectional race in 50.55 seconds, behind Indianapolis Marshall’s Stoney Prowell (48.55) and Warren Central’s Deondre Jones (50.26).
Eagleson was third in the 3,200. The senior hung with a pair of Warren Central runners for most of the race and crossed in 9:42.99. The Warriors’ Matthew Egan (9:39.66) and Damon Horn (9:42.79) were 1-2.
Warren Central, as expected, grabbed the team title with 165 points, ahead of Franklin Central (109), Shelbyville (73.5), Greenfield-Central (72.5), New Palestine (45) and Roncalli (45).
The Cougars were sixth last season at Warren Central with 45 points. Their strong showing Thursday included regional-qualifying individual efforts from Conner Shaw (second in pole vault), Austin Felts (third in 300 hurdles, fourth in 110 hurdles) and Zach Phillips, who finished fourth in the discus to give G-C a trio of regional throwers.
Felts made it out in the 1,600 relay, as well, teaming with Scott Prewitt, Michael Sosnowski and Austyn Tift for fourth place.
And G-C sophomore Zach Bishop took fifth in the 3,200, but he’s headed to the regional after Shelbyville’s Alston Anspaugh (fourth in the 3,200) scratched. Anspaugh took third in the 1,600.
Beeson was the lone G-C track and field standout to make it out of the regional in 2013. He hopes to take a few more Cougars with him this time around. The big guy admitted he had a particularly soft spot for fellow thrower Addington, who placed ninth in the regional shot put as a sophomore and eighth last spring.
“It’s awesome having him as a teammate,” said Beeson, who joined Addington as a lineman on the football team the past four years. “He pushes me all the time in practice; he has since seventh grade.
“It’s been awesome going through this with him. He’s my best friend. It’s kind of sad it’s winding down. We need to get him to state with me this year.”
Notes: Weimer, an assistant with the New Palestine girls track team, said Sarah Schwartz, who won the sectional 1,600 Tuesday and took fourth in the 3,200, scratched in the 3,200 so that she can focus on the 1,600 at the regional. The girls regional for New Palestine is Tuesday at Shelbyville. … Warren Central’s Isaiah Thomas had the lone sectional record-breaking performance Thursday. He won the 200 in 21.52, eclipsing the old mark of 21.87 set by WC’s Devin Pipkin in 2006. … Shaw, a senior, and Shelbyville’s Ben Lock each cleared 12-6 in the pole vault, but Lock won the sectional title because he cleared 12-6 on his first attempt. G-C’s Adam Ruff won the sectional pole vault last season at 12-6 before graduating. Shaw was second at 12-0. … NP’s Poturalski improved one spot on his sectional 400 finish of a year ago when he took fourth. Eagleson, a three-time county cross country champ, didn’t make it out of the 3,200 sectional last season, finishing fifth. … The Warriors won their 12th straight sectional team title and 17th overall.
Warren Central Track and Field Sectional, Thursday
Team: Warren Central 165, Franklin Central 109, Shelbyville 73.5, Greenfield-Central 72.5, New Palestine 45, Roncalli 45, Marshall 35, Triton Central 29, Beech Grove 16.5, Howe 16, Scecina 11, Morristown 6, Lutheran 0.5
Individual top four results (top four qualify for Connersville Regional)
100: 1. Prowell (MA) 10.94; 2. Price (FC) 11.18; 3. Milligan (WC) 11.20; 4. Coughlin (TC) 11.25.
200: 1. Thomas (WC) 21.52*; 2. Prowell (MA) 22.35; 3. Cornner (WC) 22.47; 4. Ritter (FC) 22.88.
400: 1. Prowell (MA) 48.85; 2. Jones (WC) 50.26; 3. Poturalski (NP) 50.55; 4. Gossett (TC) 51.26.
800: 1. Schmalfeldt (FC) 1:55.83; 2. Kuhn (SH) 1:57.86; 3. Justice (WC) 1:57.88; 4. Shuck (FC) 1:59.46.
1600: 1. Egan (WC) 4:26.68; 2. O’Malley (FC) 4:27.29; 3. Anspaugh (SH) 4:30.48; 4. Smith (BG) 4:31.49.
3200: 1. Egan (WC) 9:39.66; 2. Horn (WC) 9:42.79; 3. Eagleson (NP) 9:42.99; 4. Anspaugh (SH) 9:46.44.
110 hurdles: 1. French (SH) 14.55; 2. Wallace (WC) 15.14; 3. Montgomery (WC) 15.24; 4. Felts (GC) 15.61.
300 hurdles: 1. French (SH) 40.74; 2. Montgomery (WC) 41.24; 3. Felts (GC) 41.46; 4. Hankins (MO) 42.22.
400 relay: 1. WC 42.30; 2. FC 42.48; 3. RO 44.46; 4. TC 44.68.
1600 relay: 1. WC 3:23.59; 2. FC 3:29.15; 3. RO 3:30.15; 4. GC (Felts, Prewitt, Sosnowski, Tift) 3:31.58.
3200 relay: 1. FC 8:04.31; 2. SH 8:05.58; 3. WC 8:20.21; 4. RO 8:29.50.
High jump: 1. Dennis (WC) 6-6; 2. Settles (FC) 6-0; 3. Reynolds (FC) 6-0; 4. Woods (WC) 5-10.
Pole vault: 1. Lock (SH) 12-6; 2. Shaw (GC) 12-6; 3. Carroll (FC) 12-0; 4. Gill (SH) 12-0.
Long jump: 1. Graham (WC) 21-7.25; 2. Way (TC) 21-5.5; 3. Phelps (HW) 21-5; 4. Price (WC) 21-3.25.
Shot put: 1. Beeson (GC) 55-10.75; 2. McKean (NP) 51-11.25; 3. Addington (GC) 49-6.25; 4. Milata (FC) 47-9.5.
Discus: 1. Beeson (GC) 156-5; 2. James (RO) 147-2; 3. Smith (WC) 146-6; 4. Phillips (GC) 140-10.