IR Girls State Meet Preview Event by Event

By Colin Altevogt
Girls Coordinator

4×800

Carmel has won this event the last three years, and it appears possible that the Greyhounds could make it four in a row. However, the ‘Hounds have been beaten in their last three meets by cross-county rival Hamilton Southeastern. The Royals hold the state’s best time by virtue of their 9:18 at the regional last week. If the race is close into the anchor leg, HSE may hold the trump card with freshman Rachel Nichwitz.

Indianapolis Chatard, Franklin Central and Fort Wayne Carroll are among the teams lurking. Chatard and Franklin Central have both been passed by Carmel in the closing stages of the relay at the state championship in the last three years. FC has three runners back from last year’s runner-up team, including 800 ace Meredith Jackson. Noblesville could be a surprise winner if the Millers elect to run superstar Helen Willman, though that seems unlikely with the senior entered in the 1600 and 800.

Predictions
1. Hamilton Southeastern
2. Carmel
3. Indianapolis Chatard
4. FW Carroll
5. Franklin Central
6. Columbus North
7. FW Northrop
8. Noblesville
9. Terre Haute North

100 Hurdles

Westview senior Skyler Carpenter enters the meet as the defending champion in this and two other events. Judging by times this season, the race should be close between Carpenter and Fort Wayne Northrop senior Demetra Taylor. The two dueled at the Northrop Regional last week, with Carpenter edging Taylor by just .05 seconds. Taylor was third last year in this event, just .06 away from the winning time. Seniors Jalencia Lemons of Richmond and Jackie Lanthier of Fishers are also returning All-Staters in this event from last year.

Predictions
1. Skyler Carpenter, Westview
2. Demetra Taylor, FW Northrop
3. Montayla Holder, Lawrence Central
4. Jalencia Lemons, Richmond
5. Symone Black, FW Concordia
6. Mikaila Chamblee, SB St. Joe’s
7. Kortney Mabone, Gary West Side
8. Holly Hankenson, Bellmont
9. Jaleesa Holmes, Merrillville

100

The top three girls from last year’s 100 meter dash state finals return this year. Indian Creek’s Katie Wise was last year’s state champion and holds this season’s best time. She’s far from a runaway favorite, though. Pike’s Morgan Yeadon, last year’s 200 meter champion, leads three Red Devils into the state meet in the 100 and is less than a tenth behind Wise. Sophomore Brionna Thomas of Fort Wayne Wayne has the second best time in the state, just .02 behind Wise. She was third last year.

Predictions
1. Katie Wise, Indian Creek
2. Morgan Yeadon, Pike
3. Brionna Thomas, Fort Wayne Wayne
4. Aaliyah McKinney, SB Adams
5. Chelsea Yeadon, Pike
6. Morgan Haney, Pike
7. Airrica Harper, Merrillville
8. Peyton Stewart, Lawrence North
9. Anietra Butler, Ben Davis

1600

This race may be a runaway. Eastern’s Bethany Neeley holds the state’s best time in 4:53. That coupled with Warsaw’s Ashley Ebra (4:55) concentrating on the 3200 and Hamilton Southeastern’s Rachel Nichwitz (4:58) running the 4×8 beforehand may not give Neeley any big competition. Noblesville’s Helen Willman was third in this event last year and has run 5:00 this season. If she sits out the 4×8, which looks likely, she may be gunning for individual glory in the 1600. Center Grove’s Tori Schoettmer was last year’s runner-up. She ran 5:02 for 1600, but that was all the way back in February. Brownsburg senior Laura Bess is the only other runner to have broken the five minute barrier this season.

Predictions
1. Bethany Neely, Eastern (Greentown)
2. Colleen Weatherford, Greencastle
3. Laura Bess, Brownsburg
4. Helen Willman, Noblesville
5. Rachel Nichwitz, Hamilton Southeastern
6. Abby Hostetler, Fremont
7. Corrine Cominator, Northridge
8. Tori Schoettmer, Center Grove
9. Tiffany Rauch, FW North

4×100

Pike has three individual finalists in the open 100 and still does not have the state’s top time. That belongs to Fort Wayne Northrop who blazed 47.00 at its conference meet. Pike, however, has gotten faster as the season has progressed, running its best time in the regional. With the tense nature of the 4×1, this event could get very interesting with team scores. Prohibitive favorite Lawrence Central does not have a relay at the state meet, but Pike and Northrop appear to be the teams battling for second.

Predictions
1. FW Northrop
2. Pike
3. Ben Davis
4. FW Wayne
5. Lawrence North
6. SB St. Joe’s
7. Hamilton Southeastern
8. Warren Central
9. Fishers

400

This could be the event that opens the flood gates for team favorite Lawrence Central. The Bears are banking on ten points from defending champion MonTayla Holder, who is attempting the 100 hurdles and 400 combination. LC could also get big points from senior Jasmine McCray. She was sixth at this event in the state meet last year and has the fifth best time in Indiana this season. Northrop’s Dejah Arnold has the second best time in the state and will be looking to add points for the Bruins, who will factor into the team race. Chatard’s Maggie Bell, Columbus North’s Gabby Sims and Carmel’s Ariel Hune should place high, though each will have the 4×8 on her legs from earlier in the day.

Predictions
1. MonTayla Holder, Lawrence Central
2. Dejah Arnold, FW Northrop
3. Jasmine McCray, Lawrence Central
4. Maggie Bell, Indianapolis Chatard
5. Gabby Sims, Columbus North
6. Ariel Hune, Carmel
7. Karrina Smith, FW Snider
8. Mindy Whidden, Hobart
9. Ayiana Gaines, SB Riley

300 Hurdles

Defending champion Skyler Carpenter of Westview appears to be the heavy favorite in this event. Her seed time based on regional performances is a full two seconds ahead of Symone Black of FW Concordia, who comes in with the second best effort from last week. It will be interesting to see whether Carpenter can better her state record time of 42.03 from last year’s state finals. Look for Northrop’s Makelle Skelton to score high out of the middle heat. She holds Indiana’s third best time.

Predictions
1. Skyler Carpenter, Westview
2. Symone Black, FW Concordia
3. Makelle Skelton, FW Northrop
4. Abby Springer, Southport
5. Becca Kropf, Fairfield
6. Mikaila Chamblee, SB St. Joe’s
7. Majaica Brooks, Lawrence North
8. Addison Hall, Lawrence Central
9. Holly Hankenson, Bellmont

800

The state meet record could be in jeopardy. Evansville Central’s Taylor Wiley, who was finished third and second the last two years in this event, ran 2:10.75 and is within two seconds of Abby Farley’s mark set last year. Greencastle’s Colleen Weatherford and Eastern’s Brittany Neeley could both factor into the race, but Weatherford will have already run the 1600 and Neeley has not bettered her 2:14 from indoor nationals since running that time in February. Five of last year’s nine All-State runners will be in this race.

Predictions
1. Taylor Wiley, Evansville Central
2. Brittany Neeley, Eastern (Greentown)
3. Colleen Weatherford, Greencastle
4. Olivia Hippensteel, FW Carroll
5. Helen Willman, Noblesville
6. Brittany Beard, Angola
7. Mary Davis, Indianapolis Chatard
8. Shannon Hendricks, Mishawaka Marian
9. Madison Stenger, FW Carroll

200

Pike’s Morgan Yeadon could lead her team into big points by defending her title in this race. She should see a challenge from Fort Wayne Wayne’s Brionna Thomas, who finished second to Yeadon in this event last spring as well as Indian Creek’s Katie Wise, who was third after winning the 100 in 2011. Three Red Devils in the podium is a possibility and would do wonders for Pike’s team aspirations.

Predictions
1. Morgan Yeadon, Pike
2. Brionna Thomas, FW Wayne
3. Katie Wise, Indian Creek
4. Alexis Harvey, Bellmont
5. Morgan Haney, Pike
6. Chelsea Yeadon, Pike
7. Naiomi Dulaney, Lawrence Central
8. Christa Hammond, Lawrence North
9. Aaliyah McKinney, SB Adams

3200

This race could get very, very interesting. After a spring full of assaults on the record books, Ashley Erba scratched out of the 1600 just hours after running 4:55. With this fall’s cross country champion concentrating on just one race (plus perhaps her team’s 4×800 relay), North Central’s Brenna Poulsen (10:36) and Carmel’s Renee Wellman (10:44) will be looking to go after their first individual title in their last race. Those two rank 11th and 18th, respectively, in Indiana all-time. Northridge’s Corrine Cominator has run 10:39 (good for 14th all-time), but she will compete in the 1600 beforehand. In perfect conditions, Waverly Neer’s 10:20 state meet record time is not entirely safe.

Predictions
1. Ashley Erba, Warsaw
2. Brenna Poulsen, North Central
3. Renee Wellman, Carmel
4. Mackenzie Caldwell, Columbus North
5. Abby Hostetler, Fremont
6. Corinne Cominator, Northridge
7. Allison Jacobsen, Carmel
8. Kelcy Welch, Carmel
9. Heather O’Brien, Indianapolis Chatard

4×400

The last relay will certainly be a battle of star power. Though the team race should already be decided by this point, the showdown between Northrop and Lawrence Central should be entertaining. Both are substantially better than the rest of the field and will have their relays stacked with individual All-State runners. If the Bruins are to win the race, they will need to be quite a bit ahead of LC on the anchor. In the last leg, if Montayla Holder can see someone, she can catch her.

Predictions
1. Lawrence Central
2. FW Northrop
3. Fishers
4. Indianapolis Chatard
5. New Palestine
6. FW Wayne
7. Franklin Central
8. Bellmont
9. Warren Central

Pole vault

Lawrence Central’s Kimyanna Rudolph has the best clearance this year, coming when she vaulted over 13’2.25 at her own sectional. The Bears could do a majority of their team damage in the field, away from the eyes of most spectators. Bloomington South’s Hannah Acton is the top returner after finishing third last year at 12’0. Six girls have cleared 12 feet this season thus far.

1. Kimyanna Rudolph, Lawrence Central
2. Sydney Clute, Center Grove
3. Hannah Acton, Bloomington South
4. Jesslyn Zimmerman, Westview
5. Emerald Eviston, Homestead
6. Kendra Bosecker, South Knox
7. Sophie Brown, Fairfield
8. Kennedy Trine, Angola
9. Claire Hickerson, Warsaw

High jump

Last year’s champion was sophomore Shanelle DeJournet, but she was unable to compete this season. Sophomore sensation Rachel Mather was fifth last year as a freshman and has the best height this season at 5’8. Four others have cleared 5’7, including last year’s runner-up, Morayo Akonde of North Central. Akonde and Regan Lewis, a freshman from Greenfield-Central both cleared 5’7 at the regional last week.

1. Morayo Akonde, North Central
2. Rachel Mather, Noblesville
3. Regan Lewis, Greenfield-Central
4. Erin Mack, Columbus East
5. Riley Wayco, Lake Central
6. Kalyn Davis, Anderson
7. Jenna Pfieffer, Bremen
8. Mackenzie Kitchell, Center Grove
9. Marissa Hamilton, West Central

Long jump

Skyler Carpenter was last year’s champion, though she hasn’t exploded this season and her 18’3.5 effort that won last year’s title has been bested by seven other girls this season. Carpenter is the second seed behind Homestead’s Ariane Nelson, who also has the best mark this season at 19’2. Traditionally, the long jump is a very tough event to predict, especially with athletes running on the unfamiliarly quick runway in Bloomington.

1. Skyler Carpenter, Westview
2. Ariane Nelson, Homestead
3. Karrina Smith, FW Snider
4. Kaitlyn Moricz, Lake Central
5. Melissa DuBois, Concord
6. Mariah Davis, Zionsville
7. Sophie Meier, Indianapolis Chatard
8. Chelsea Yeadon, Pike
9. Twyla Winfrey, Indianapolis Broad Ripple

Shot put

Southridge’s Cassandra Wertman threw beyond the state record last year in this event, but it was only good enough for second to Portage’s Tori Bliss. Wertman’s best throw this season is nearly four feet better than her closest competitor. Lawrence Central has a pair of throwers that could score big points for the Bears away from the track.

1. Cassanda Wertman, Southridge
2. Rachel Dincoff, DeKalb
3. Nariah Taylor, North Central
4. Demara Compton, Lawrence Central
5. Liz Iverson, Martinsville
6. Michaela Hull, Bloomington South
7. Brianna Radford, North Central
8. Dawnielle Passmore, Lawrence Central
9. Heather Monk, Churubusco

Discus

Southridge’s Cassandra Wertman is the defending champion in this event but only has the sixth best throw this season. She enters with the fourth best throw from regional performances. Lawrence Central is seeded to finish one-two, which would give LC huge points in what is often the first event to finish.

1. Cassandra Wertman, Southridge
2. Demara Compton, Lawrence Central
3. Chelsie Meeks, Rensselaer Central
4. Adriana Brown, Lawrence Central
5. Michaela Hull, Bloomington South
6. Rachel Dincoff, DeKalb
7. Nakel McClinton, Merrillville
8. Kayla York, Hanover Central
9. Heather Monk, Churubusco

TEAM RACE

My predictions give the following team scores…

1. Lawrence Central        71
2. Pike                                   46
3. FW Northrop                 41
4. Westview                       36
5. North Central                                28

 

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