BLOOMINGTON — For the third straight year, Greenfield-Central’s Regan Lewis was concluding her track and field season at Indiana University competing against the best prep high jumpers Indiana has to offer.
Friday, Lewis was joined by two familiar faces.
Lewis, Eastern Hancock junior Shelby Mourey and New Palestine junior Rachel Wineman gave Hancock County three of the 31 participants in the high jump portion of the 41st annual Girls Track State Finals from Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
NP sophomore long jumper Annabelle Dockins was the Dragons other representative. The Cougars also had senior thrower Jackie Landuyt, freshman hurdler Maddie Wise and the 1,600 relay.
Just as she did in 2012 and 2013, Lewis cleared five-foot-5 to advance into the final nine, ensuring herself of yet another state podium finish after placing fifth as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore. But unfortunately for Lewis, the song remained the same Friday – she couldn’t clear 5-6 at the state meet.
Lewis finished in a tie for sixth with Fort Wayne Wayne sophomore JeBria Green. Noblesville’s Rachel Mather (5-9) was first, followed by 2013 champion Janae Moffitt of Oak Hill (5-9) and Evansville Bosse’s Kennedy Madison (5-6).
“It’s not a good height for me at state,” said Lewis with a knowing smile, referring to 5-6. “Actually, for this year, that was a pretty good height for me because I had jumped that high this year. I’m happy with what I did today.”
Lewis jumped 5-8 at the 2013 Decatur Central Invitational to break her own school record, and her top 2014 clearance will be 5-6, the height she notched to set a new meet record at May’s county gathering.
“I just want to get top-3 at state once,” Lewis said. “That would be cool.”
Making her first state trip and the Royals’ first appearance at the State Finals since Breanna Lawyer in 2010, Mourey lived on the edge Friday.
She cleared both 5-3 and 5-4 on her third and final attempts, which pushed her into the final 14 jumpers alongside Lewis. But, Mourey failed to find the same success at 5-5, missing all three of her leaps. She placed 13th.
Already the record holder at EH (5-6) and the Pendleton Heights Sectional (5-5.5), Mourey has her sights set on bigger accomplishments for her senior campaign.
“Next year my focus is getting 5-8, coming back here and making it to the podium,” she said.
Wineman didn’t clear a height Friday in her first State Finals as an athlete, but is eyeing her older sister Amanda’s school record of 5-4.25 for a senior-year objective. The younger Wineman’s personal-best is 5-3.
“I definitely want to beat Amanda’s record,” Wineman said with a laugh. “I want to get 5-5 maybe.”
Watching Amanda compete at the State Finals helped push Rachel into becoming a high jumper, too.
“I remember coming and watching and then afterwards racing to her graduation. It was a lot of fun,” she said. “I saw her when I was little – I was maybe 11 – and I knew that I wanted to do that because it looked like a lot of fun. And it is a lot of fun to go out there and meet these people from everywhere around the state.”
The trio of Hancock County high jumpers also enjoyed each other’s company Friday.
“We’ve been high jumping together since the sixth grade,” Wineman said of her friendship with Lewis. “Every time we compete against them I’ve talked to her, so we’ve developed a relationship.”
Lewis welcomed the additional local competition.
“It was really fun. It was great having Rachel right next to me,” she said. “It was great having people from our county here.”
As for the other Cougars, Wise concluded her stellar rookie campaign by finishing 16th in the 100 hurdles, clocking in at 15.42 seconds – just shy of re-setting her own school record (15.37) she established at the Shelbyville Sectional.
“For her to come in as a freshman and show the composure that she showed, the future looks pretty bright,” G-C girls coach Jan Hacker said of Wise, the Hoosier Heritage Conference and county 100 hurdles champ.
For the first time in her State Finals career, Lewis added a second event to her docket. She ran the third leg in the blue and gold’s 1,600 relay, which finished third in its heat and 20th overall. Lewis, sophomore Amanda Flora, senior Becca Flora and sophomore Savannah Girolami – the latter three competing at state for the first time – finished in 4:03.96, ahead of the school record (4:05.92) the quartet had previously established.
In the final meet of her prep career, Landuyt – set to throw for Division I Southern Illinois University Edwardsville next year – finished 22nd in discus with a toss of 117-09. The two-time sectional champion placed 22nd at state as a sophomore and 16th last spring.
“Just getting here is extremely difficult. The throws fields were stacked. There were 21 girls that hit the state discus standard coming in,” Hacker said. “Her goal today was the school record (139-3), but she still threw well and she’s had a great career.”
In the long jump, Dockins matched her seed by placing 24th, tallying a top bound of 16-1 in her initial State Finals.
“I’m proud that they made state as underclassmen,” NP coach Chuck Myers said of Dockins and Wineman. “Both had days that they were disappointed with, but they had great seasons overall. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.”
Notes: Lawrence Central won the team title with 47 points, followed by runner-up Pike (38) and third-place Warren Central (35). … In the 400-meter dash, Pendleton Heights’ senior Kiawna Cottrell finished in 55.76 seconds to place second. Cottrell was also fifth in the 200 and long jump. … Fort Wayne Concordia’s Symone Black defended her 300-meter hurdles title by breaking the meet record, clocking in at 41.35. Black also won the 100 hurdles. … Pike freshman Lynna Irby won the 100, 200 and 400. … Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka repeated as champion in the 3,200 in state record time of 10:14.43.
Friday, Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Indiana Univ.
1. Lawrence Central 47; 2. Pike 38; 3. Warren Central 35; 4. FW Northrop 28; 4. Hamilton SE 28; Greenfield-Central 3.5; Eastern Hancock, New Palestine 0.
Winners; local finishes
1. Rachel Mather, Noblesville, 5-9; T6. Regan Lewis, Greenfield-Central, 5-5; 13. Shelby Mourey, Eastern Hancock, 5-4; Rachel Wineman, New Palestine, no height.
1. West Lafayette, 9:07.45
1. Lynna Irby, Pike, 11.61.
1. Lynna Irby, Pike, 54.38.
1. Anna Rohrer, Mishawaka, 10:14.43*
1. Liz Iversen, Martinsville, 47-9.75
1. Ashleigh Macleod, Penn, 2:11.32.
1. Symone Black, FW Concordia, 14.17; 16. Maddie Wise, Greenfield-Central, 15.42.
1. Adriana Brown, Lawrence Central, 160-2; 22. Jackie Landuyt, Greenfield-Central, 117-9.
1. Lynna Irby, Pike, 24.07.
1. Taylor Nicholson, Avon, 4:51.88.
1. FW Northrop, 3:49.73; 20. Greenfield-Central, Amanda Flora, Becca Flora, Regan Lewis, Savannah Girolami, 4:03.96.
1. Yamani Hunter, Ev. Bosse, 19-7.75; 24. Annabelle Dockins, New Palestine, 16-1.
1. Warren Central, 47.33.
1. Symone Black, FW Concordia, 41.36*.
1. Kayla Smith, Lawrence Central, 13-0.