EH’s Sotelo, G-C’s Lake win regional titles, multiple qualifiers advance to state

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At IHSAA Girls Track and Field Regionals at Shelbyville and Pike high schools Tuesday, Hancock County participants qualified in eight events for next week’s state finals in Bloomington.

At Pike, Eastern Hancock freshman Bella Sotelo was a two-time regional champion. She won both hurdle races in school-record time, finishing in 14.85 seconds in the 100 and 44.51 in the 300.

At Shelbyville, Greenfield-Central’s Savannah Lake is a three-time state qualifier after advancing in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. After finishing runner-up in both events in last week’s Warren Central Sectional, Lake won the 100 in 11.76 seconds and placed third in the 200 in 24.85 seconds.

The top three in each event advance to the state finals.

Greenfield-Central freshman Josie Kinnaman and New Palestine sophomore Abby Journay were runners-up in their events at Shelbyville.

Kinnaman was second in the 3200 in 11:17.60. Journay finished second in the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 4-inches. The sophomore also got a callback to be included in the field for the 200-meter dash. She placed fourth, just behind Lake with a time of 24.99 seconds.

New Palestine junior Rylee Hurst was third in the 400 in 59.87 seconds.

At Pike, Mt. Vernon’s 4×800-meter relay team of Emma Gasiorek, Emma Gale, Makenna Laffey and Hannah Hauser placed third in 9:56.71. Gasiorek was part of Mt. Vernon’s 4×8 team that qualified for state in 2022.

At Shelbyville, Greenfield-Central finished sixth with 31 points. New Palestine tied for seventh with East Central with 30 points. Warren Central won with 87 points.

At Pike, North Central won with 74 points. Eastern Hancock was 10th with 24 points. Mt. Vernon scored 13 and placed 17th.