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.