Beeson a dual qualifier




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.

400 METER DASH

Local competitor: New Palestine junior Chris Poturalski is seeded 13th (49.84 seconds).

Poturalski notes: Finished second at the Connersville Regional in a personal-best time (49.84) to qualify for his first State Finals. … Placed third (50.55) at Warren Central Sectional. … Picked up blue ribbons at Hoosier Heritage Conference (51.07) and Hancock County (50.19) Meets. … Last Dragon to compete at state meet was Dillon Pike in 2012, who placed 14th in the 800. … Patrick Feeney timed in at 47.54 to set the NP school record in 2010.

Top seed: Tyvon Kelley, Fort Wayne North Side, 48.58.

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