While several local athletes advanced to the state track meet last weekend in Columbus, none of them could bring the gold back to the area.
Northwestern’s Adam Riedinger earned the best finish of the local athletes, as the junior placed third overall in the Division Three discus. He saved his best for last, throwing 157-10 which placed him third overall and allowed him make the podium. His fourth throw was 155-01 but he surpassed that with his fifth attempt.
Riedinger also qualified in the shot put, and he finished tenth overall with a throw of 50-11.25. He accomplished that feat on his first throw in the meet, before fouling in his last two throws. Placing seventh overall was Ben Logan senior Reese Wilcoxen as he threw 51-5.5 on his final attempt.
Also finishing in the top ten for the Warriors was Northwestern senior runner Justin Prack, as he finished ninth overall in the boys 1600 meter run. Prack finished the race in 4:22.38, just missing the podium by .20 seconds. He also ran his best split time in the final lap with a time of 1:05.125. Cole Lovett from Carrollton won the 1600 with a time of 4:12.83.
The final participant for the Warriors was Landon Burns as he advanced to the high jump. Burns is only a sophomore and placed 11th overall with a leap of 6-2 which tied him for tenth but due to having five misses, he finishes eleventh. In the same event, Shawnee freshman Robie Glass jumped 6-8 to bring a state championship to the CBC.
*Tippecanoe also saw several of their girls attempt to make the podium at the state meet, but they fell short of their goal.
The 4x8 girls relay team of McKenzie Dietz, Kaili Titley, Jillian Brown and Katie Taylor finished tenth overall with a time of 9:37.16. Jonathan Alder’s 4x8 team placed ninth overall, as they will be joining the CBC starting in the fall.
Taylor came back in the 3200 meter run, and finished 13th overall with a time of 11:36.48.
Titley also competed in the 800 meter run and finished 11th, running 2:20.94.
Also competing at the state meet was Tipp junior Lydia Stueve as she ran in the 100 hurdles prelims, and could not advance to the finals with a 16th place finish, running a 16.41.
*Bethel’s Korry Hamlin also competed at the state meet on Saturday, as he ran in the Division Three 3200 meter run. The junior finished 13th overall with a time of 10:05.73.