New Pal tennis duo ousted at regional

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.”

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