New Albany senior Javen Reeves enters Saturday’s IHSAA State Finals tied for the No. 2 seed in the high jump behind Bloomington South’s Alex Olson, who beat Reeves by 2 inches to win last Thursday’s Bloomington North Regional.
However, if Reeves has the best performance of his life — or even matches it — he should soar over the competition Saturday. The future Louisville Cardinal only cleared 6 feet, 6 inches at the regional.
However, the week before at the Corydon Central Sectional, he smashed the sectional record with a leap of 6-11 3/4. That’s nearly 4 inches higher than Olson’s standard.
Here are some of the other storylines heading into this weekend’s IHSAA track and field state finals at Indiana University in Bloomington:
New Albany’s last state champion was Jermaine Parrish in the 100-meter dash two years ago. His cousin, Clarksville’s Marquise Parrish, is entered in two events this weekend. The General senior won the 400-meter regional championship last week and is seeded 14th in that event at state. He’s also the 33rd seed in the 100.
Floyd Central junior Gaige Klingsmith and New Albany’s Tuwan Payton — two of the best running backs in the state of Indiana in the fall — are also in the 100 field. Klingsmith is the 15th seed after posting a time of 10.99 seconds in the regional. However, his sectional time would have him in the top eight. Payton is seeded 25th.
Klingsmith’s 400-meter relay team is seeded 24th. Like Klingsmith in the 100, the Highlander relay squad was off its normal pace at the regional at 43.34. With its sectional time of 42.73, Floyd would be the No. 8 seed, so there’s clearly potential for both to have success Saturday. Payton and the Bulldogs are ranked 23rd in the event.
Floyd Central has seven state finals entries. Its highest seed is freshman Antonio Villegas in the long jump. He’s the No. 12 seed after surpassing 22-2 in the regional.
The Silver Creek discus duo of Schuyler Hosp and Spencer Harris enter the state finals seeded ninth and 16th, respectively. Hosp’s 158-10 at the regional could potentially get him on the podium. Last year’s state runner-up — Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson, who finished only behind state champion Codie Hamsley of Floyd Central — is the top seed with a regional toss of 185-1.
Borden sophomore Julien Magallanes is seeded 18th in the 3,200 in his first state finals appearance. Eastern’s regional-champion 1,600 relay team is seeded 18th.