Twelve Hancock County athletes – nine girls and three boys – representing three schools will travel south to Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex this weekend for the IHSAA’s annual Track and Field State Finals.
The girls get things started at 3 p.m. Friday with field event preliminaries, and the boys will take their turn Saturday at the same time. A top-nine finish is required for a state medal.
Here’s a recap of the local athletes’ seasons to date as well as a preview of what to expect this weekend when they line up against the Hoosier State’s best.
100 METER HURDLES
Local competitor: Greenfield-Central freshman Maddie Wise is seeded 20th (15.51 seconds).
Wise notes: Wise finished fifth at the Shelbyville Regional (15.51), but moved on to state by possessing one of the top regional times needed to fill out the field. … Wise has broken the old school record (16.50) formerly held by Kalee Sirosky (2005) and Taylor Johnson (2012) a few times this season, most recently by clocking a 15.37 in a third-place finish at the Shelbyville Sectional. … The ninth-grader was first at the Hoosier Heritage Conference (15.45) and Hancock County Meets (15.46).
Top seed: Keri Ertel, Jennings County, 14.32.
Field notes: Last year’s champ, Sierra Crown of Hamilton Heights (14.53), is seeded 18th. … Aside from Wise, there are two other freshmen in the field – Warren Central’s Kayland Jackson (15.06, 10th) and Westview’s Taryn Pruitt (25th). … Jackson’s teammate, Caitlyn Redmon, is seeded second (14.43). … Third seed Symone Black (14.55) of Westview was fifth (14.56) and third (14.75) at the past two state meets.