This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Track update

Rensselaer Central High School finished tied for 43rd and West Central High School tied for 64th place in the girls track and field state finals on Saturday. The five points that Rensselaer received were scored by Chelsie Meeks, who threw the discus 135 feet and five inches on her fifth toss. The girl from Portage who had beaten Meeks in the regionals and had entered the meet as number one seed did not place in the top nine, but do not feel to bad for her. She won the shot put and set a new state record. West Central's Marissa Hamilton jumped five feet and five inches to finish ninth in the high jump and score one point. That is enough to give her All-State honors.

There were a number of records set in both boys and girls meets and several of them were "wow" performances. Austin Mudd of Center Grove set new records in both the 1600 meter run and the 800 meter run. In the 1600 meter run he broke a 1976 Rudy Chapa record--Chapa is considered to be the best high school distance runner ever in Indiana. In the 800 meter run he became the first Indiana high school runner to break the 1:50 mark in the state meet. In the girls meet, Waverly Neer of Culver Academies broke the old records in both the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. She set the 1600 record by over six seconds and beat her nearest competitor by almost 12 seconds. In the 3200 she only clipped a bit more than three seconds off the record, but was over 30 seconds ahead of second place. Wow, just wow for both of these runners. To set state records in two distance events in one meet is simply unreal.

All results from the ihsaa.org website. (See here for the preview.)

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