I spent Friday and Saturday covering girls and boys high school state track and field finals for the Tribune-Star and the Post-Tribune (hence the oh so witty headline on this blog post). Here’s what I wrote for Terre Haute on Friday, and a game story and notebook I wrote for Merrillville that night as well. On Saturday, Terre Haute North pole vaulter Conner Curley finished second in the state (the champion was the third generation of his family to win the title). And IU signee and Region star Cornelius Strickland, the favorite in the 100 and the 200, pulled his hamstring and finished ninth in both races. That ended up being my main story, with the rest of the Region results in another story.
Some other notes regarding future IU track and field athletes, and how they fared this weekend:
Evansville Central’s Taylor Wiley won the 800 on Friday night, in 2:11.85. Maggie Bell of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard was second in the 400 (56.92), and was the anchor for the 1,600 relay team that was sixth. Greenwood’s Sydney Clute tied for third in the pole vault, and Merrillville’s Nakel McClinton was 13th in the discus and 26th in the shot put.
On Saturday, Franklin Central’s Jason Crist won the 1,600, but his team was 27th in the 1,600 relay. Stephen Keller of Kouts was fourth in the high jump. Warren Central’s Reggie Smith was fourth in the 110 hurdles and 8th in the 300 hurdles. And Carl Smith of Bloomington South finished seventh in the 3,200.
The agenda for this week, sportswriting-wise? I’m scheduled to help cover the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball games in Indy on Saturday and might be covering the finals of the individual girls tennis tournament, depending on how schedules turn out.