Hancock County had two competitors notch podium finishes at the 111th annual Boys Track and Field State Finals Saturday at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.
New Palestine’s Chris Poturalski placed seventh in the 400-meter dash while Greenfield-Central’s Tyler Beeson was eighth in the discus.
Poturalski, making his first State Finals appearance, clocked in at 49.32 seconds, topping his personal-best mark of 49.84, which he set when he placed second at the Connersville Regional.
Poturalski, the 400 champion in the Hoosier Heritage Conference and county meets, was the first Dragon to appear in the State Finals since Dillon Pike finished 14th in the 800 at the 2012 state meet.
“It was an awesome experience to run at state,” said Poturalski, a junior. “Through all the hard work and practice it felt like a reward to get All-State.”
Indianapolis Marshall junior Stoney Prowell won the 400 in 48.40.
Beeson made his third straight State Finals trip, but was competing in his first discus competition at the state.
The senior had a top throw of 158-09. Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson won the discus with a throw of 197-07.
Beeson, who picked up a state medal this winter in wrestling, also took 11th in the shot put with a top heave of 55-03.25. He had previously finished ninth (54-06.25) and 17th (50-08) in the shot put at the 2012 and 2013 state meets.
“I feel he competed well in both events. He was able to place eighth in the discus, picking up his third all-state medal,” G-C coach Scott Burton said of the future Oakland (Mich.) University athlete. “He came up just short of advancing to finals in shot put (.50” from advancing). He competed to the best of his ability and did everything he needed to advance.
“Tyler had a very successful high school career. He will be missed for his leadership as well as his performance.”
NP’s Josh McKean, making his initial State Finals appearance, was 18th (51-04.75) in the shot put. McKean, a senior, ends his career as the Dragons’ school record-holder in the shot put (54-1.5).
Avon’s Angelo Allen (60-06) won the shot put Saturday.
Gary West Side claimed the team championship, the school’s sixth state title but first since 1980. The Cougars outlasted Carmel 41-39 by placing fifth in the night’s final event, the 1,600 relay, gaining the necessary points to overtake the Greyhounds.
Avon and Center Grove tied for third with 29 points. Hamilton Southeastern (28) was fifth.
Bloomington South’s Deakin Volz set the lone state record on the night, clearing 17-0.5 in the pole vault. The previous mark was 17-00.
Former New Palestine middle schooler and current Indianapolis Cathedral sophomore Rayder Hobbs competed Saturday, finishing 22nd with the Irish’s 400 relay.
Season ends for NP’s Litteral, Miller
Saturday at the Carmel Regional, New Palestine’s senior doubles tandem of Kylar Litteral and Kara Miller fell 6-2, 6-0 in its match to Roncalli’s Ally Crouch and Emily Quill.
Competing in individual state tournament, Litteral and Miller advanced to the regional round by besting Noblesville’s top duo 7-6 (7-0), 6-1 at the North Central Sectional.
Litteral and Miller finished their season 21-3, winning a sectional title in the team state tourney.