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June 3, 2014

Track teams prepare for state finals

County track teams are preparing for the IHSAA state finals this weekend, which will be at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University. The girls’ 41st annual final is June 6 and the boys’ 111th state tournament is June 7 with field events starting at 3 p.m. and opening ceremonies slated for 6:10 p.m. for each running event.

The No. 3-ranked Avon boys’ team brings high expectations of a possible state title run, and if things play out the right way, the Orioles could have a chance.

“Looking at the performance lists for Saturday, we’re within two points of No. 1 Carmel,” Avon coach Zach Toothman said. “We’re right in the thick of it and are very excited.”

Avon will take several trackmen to IU including David Schall (discus, shot put), Angelo Allen (shot put), Cameron Hollins (110 hurdles, high jump), Presley Martin (800), and Jordan Kleyn (400). Avon also has a 4x800 team of Martin, Taylor Kleyn, Brandon Vu and Evan Snodgrass entered.

“We don’t have a whole lot of entrants compared to the teams that are trying to win, but the ones we have are right there and scoring big points,” Toothman said.

Plainfield enters the event thick with sprinters as its 4x100 team of Keshawn Robinson, Jake Maple, Andrew Snoke and Josh Miller are seeded second overall after winning the Lafayette Jeff regional and setting a new school record last week.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for these four men,” Plainfield boys’ and girls’ coach Brian Pelkey said.

Snoke and Miller also qualified individually in the 100 and 200 and Robinson qualified in the long jump.

Plainfield’s Tyler Kinman (pole vault) and Jakeb Miller (discus) are also heading to IU.

Brownsburg will take the No. 1-seeded 4x400 team of Brandon Britton, Hari Sathyamurthy, Nassif Kouton and Tyler Kirtz and the feeling from Bulldogs coach Julie Waggoner is that team has a great chance at a state title after setting the school and regional record last week.

“They’ve never doubted themselves all season long and have gotten better all year,” Waggoner said. “They have it in their heads they could win it Saturday.”

Sathyamurthy will also run the 800 and forgo the 1600 after winning both at the regional.

“He hasn’t run a fresh 800 yet this season as he always had an event before it,” Waggoner said.

Brownsburg’s 4x100 relay team of Toks Akinribade, Tyler Kirtz, Nassif Kouton and Isaiah O’Neal qualified 15th.

Danville’s Austin Anderson (high jump) set a personal best at the Jeff regional and will be the Warriors’ sole representative at the state finals.

On the girls’ side, Plainfield junior Samantha Woodford returns to the state finals for the third consecutive year with a shot at the 1600 and 800 state titles. Woodford placed fifth in the 800 last season as a sophomore and is the sixth seed.

“Her experience should help out and I think you will always have nerves, but that time there will help her be mentally focused,” Pelkey said.

Avon freshman Taylor Nicholson finished fifth at this season’s cross country state finals and has made an immediate impact on her first track season with the Orioles. Nicholson is the second seed in the 1600.

Avon’s 4x100 relay team of Monique Ellis, Stacey Shelton, Lanique Ellis and Aaliyah Beverly is seeded 18th.

Avon’s Madison Keele and Brownsburg’s Megan Berry will participate in the pole vault.

Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports editor Jake Thompson on Twitter @JacobEThompson.


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