Cougars’ Knecht, Dragons’ Rossell win sectional titles


New Palestine’s Jack Rossell clears the bar in the pole vault during the Hoosier Heritage Conference Boys Championships at Mt. Vernon on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Richard Sitler | Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD — Warren Central ran away with the Greenfield-Central Boys Track and Field Sectional team title Thursday night, but New Palestine’s Jack Rossell and Cougars’ Kirk Knecht made their presence known.

Rossell, a junior, won the pole vault sectional title by clearing a height of 13-feet, 6-inches, while Knecht, a sophomore, took first in the long jump at 21-10.50 and helped the Greenfield-Central 4×100-meter relay team win gold.

The Cougars’ 4×100 foursome of Aaron Lee, Michael Runions, Knecht and Hudson McGuire bested runner-up Triton Central 43.82-43.86 to win the race. Franklin Central was third at 43.87.

The Cougars, Knecht and Rossell each secured automatic berths to next week’s Greenfield-Central Regional on Thursday, May 26 with the top-three finishers in each event at sectional moving on.

Warren Central won seven events and tallied 145 points for the team title. Franklin Central was second at 134 and won four events.

Roncalli placed third as a team with 85 points and garnered two first-place finishes. Greenfield-Central was fourth at 84.50. New Palestine took fifth with 56 points.

The New Palestine Dragons’ 4×800 relay team of Colin Darley, Connor Lapenta, Danny Davis and Cody Crawmer placed second in a time of 8:17.19 to earn a regional berth.

Knecht added a second-place run in the 200-meter dash at 22.37, which qualified him for regional. Cougars’ Griffen Wheeler finished second in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:57.77.

The Cougars had a pair of regional qualifiers in the 3200-meter run with Christopher Ross and Liam Brinkruff finishing second and third, respectively, in 9:55.17 and 9:57.96.

G-C’s 4×400 relay quartet of Wheeler, Jack, Runions and Logan Stoeffler placed third in 3:33.33.

G-C’s Lee was fourth in the 100 at 11.34. Cougars’ Ian Jack was fourth in the 400 at 52.39.

New Palestine’s Joshua Lambdin was second in the discus throw at 147-11.00 to qualify for regional.

Sage Halter of New Palestine was fourth in the pole vault with a height of 13-00.00.

2022 Greenfield-Central Boys Track and Field Sectional Results

Team scores (champions): Warren Central 145 (7), Franklin Central 134 (4), Roncalli 85 (2), Greenfield-Central 84.50 (2), New Palestine 56 (1), Indianapolis Lutheran 37, Shelbyville 27.50, Triton Central 26, Beech Grove 14, Scecina Memorial 9, Morristown 4, Christel House 1.

Event: Winner, School Time/Distance

4×800-meter relay: Alex Forey, Deacon Hall, Emilo Leal, Evan Farmer (Franklin Central);8:12.90

Discus: Alex Evans, Franklin Central;158-10.00

High Jump: Brion Stephens, Warren Central;6-08.00

110-meter hurdles: Zander Hooten, Roncalli;14.73

100-meter dash: Jaelyn Reeves-Lile, Warren Central;10.82

1,600-meter run: Brayden Henkle, Franklin Central;4:27.70

4×100-meter relay: Aaron Lee, Michael Runions, Kirk Knecht, Hudson McGuire (Greenfield-Central);43.82

800-meter run: Xavier Wills, Warren Central;1:56.33

200-meter dash: Jaelyn Reeves-Lile, Warren Central;21.87

Long Jump: Kirk Knecht, Greenfield-Central;21-10.50

3,200-meter run: Evan Farmer, Franklin Central;9:53.91

400-meter dash: Amarion Sanders, Warren Central;51.04

300-meter hurdles: Zander Hooten, Roncalli;40.02

4×400-meter relay: Xavier Wills, Brion Stephens, Michael Durham, Amarion Sanders (Warren Central);3:23.74

Shot Put: Quinn Sholar, Warren Central;53-04.50

Pole Vault: Jack Rossell, New Palestine;13-06.00


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