Local roundup: Three multi-event athletes lead county group to state finals

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Hancock County will have all four of its high schools represented at Friday’s 50th Annual IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals in Bloomington at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University.

Greenfield-Central senior Savannah Lake, New Palestine sophomore Abby Journay and Eastern Hancock freshman Bella Sotelo have each qualified for two events.

They will be joined at the state finals by Greenfield-Central distance runner Josie Kinnaman, Mt. Vernon’s 4×800-meter relay team, Eastern Hancock high jumper Ellie Meyer and New Palestine distance runner Courtney Study and sprinter Rylee Hurst.

Lake, a three-time state qualifier, is the top-seeded runner in the 100-meter dash with a qualifying time of 11.76 seconds. She is No. 4 in the 200-meter dash at 24.85 seconds.

Journay is No. 5 in the 200 at 24.99 seconds. She is also among a group of five tied for the ninth best height in the high jump at 5-feet, 4-inches.

A middle school state champion a year ago, Sotelo is ranked No. 3 in the 300-meter hurdles (44.51 seconds) and ranked No. 4 in the 100-meter hurdles (14.85 seconds).

Kinnaman, another freshman, is in the 3200-meter run. Her time of 11:17.60 is 17th among 27 runners.

The Mt. Vernon relay team includes senior Emma Gasiorek, junior Emma Gale, freshman Makenna Laffey and sophomore Hannah Hauser. The group is ranked No. 25 with a time of 9:56.71. Gasiorek qualified with the 4×8 team as a sophomore, too.

Meyer is a state-qualifier in the high jump for the second straight year. She is tied for 20th on the seeding list by clearing 5-2.

For the Dragons, Study is No. 19 in the 1600-meter run at 5:11.10. Hurst is 26th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.87 seconds.

Events begin at 3 p.m., beginning with the pole vault, long jump and discus. The high jump and shot put start at 3:30 p.m. Running events get underway at 4:15 p.m., led by the 3200-meter relay.

College Golf

Gibson leads way for IWU

Greenfield-Central grad Caroline Gibson, a junior on the Indiana Wesleyan women’s golf team, led the Wildcats to a program-best finish at the recent NAIA National Championships in Silvis, Ill.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 17 in the nation, finished in 10th place. Gibson made the all-tournament team by placing 14th overall.

Her second round score of 73 was best by any team member in the four-round event. Gibson shot an 80 for the opening round and followed her strong second round with a pair of 76s to finish the tournament.

College Baseball

Locals have World Series experience

The Indiana University-Southeast baseball team, which includes three former Hancock County standouts, recently competed in the NAIA World Series.

The team went 1-2 in the tournament and finished the season with an overall record of 37-20.

Freshman pitcher Connor Sims, of Greenfield-Central, went 4-3 on the year with a 3.27 earned run average. He had two saves. In 52.1 innings pitched he fanned 70.

Sims got the start in the team’s second game of the tournament. He went five innings in a 5-2 loss and fanned seven. He gave up four runs, two were earned.

Frosh outfielder Grant Shepherd, another Greenfield-Central product, hit .286 in 21 games. He also stole two bases.

Frosh first baseman Konnor Scheidt, from Mt. Vernon, played in six games and hit .333 with four RBI.