News and Tribune

June 6, 2014

STATE TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: New Albany’s Reeves a serious state contender Saturday

Henryville thrower Uhl is top area girls’ seed

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

BLOOMINGTON — 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:

 

BOYS

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.

 

GIRLS

As has been the case the past couple of years, the local girls to watch are in the throwing events at Saturday’s finals.

Henryville’s Natalie Uhl is the top-ranked area athlete heading into the finals. The future Western Kentucky Hilltopper is the fourth seed in the discus, less than 8 feet behind favorite and defending state champion Adrianna Brown of Lawrence Central. Uhl finished 12th a year ago as a junior.

Borden’s Carson Casey is seeded 18th in the event and Charlestown’s Megan Brooks is 20th.

Brooks — last year’s News and Tribune Track Athlete of the Year — is the sixth seed in the shot put. She finished 11th in the event a year ago. Martinsville senior Liz Iversen is the top seed and the heavy favorite to defend her 2013 title.

The only other area top-10 seed is Floyd Central senior pole vaulter Rachael Kavgazoff. Kavgazoff enters the state finals with a regional clearance of 11-6, a foot behind Angola front-runner Kennedy Trine.

New Albany’s Jayla Bethel will compete in four events. She’s seeded 24th in the 100 and 25th in the 200. Her best shot at a top-10 result is in the 400, where the Bulldogs are seeded 11th. The school-record breaking squad also includes Courtney Palmer, Aaliyah Bell and Jasmine Sims.

 

GIRLS’ STATE FINALS

FRIDAY

At Indiana University, Bloomington

SEEDS


    3,200 relay — 1. Carmel 9:15.69, 22. Floyd Central 9:48.18, 26. Silver Creek 10:01.51.

    100 — 1. Lynna Irby (Pike) 11.86, 24. Jayla Bethel (New Albany) 12.74.

    100 hurdles — 1. Keri Ertel (Jennings County) 14.32.

    200 — 1. Irby (Pike) 24.63, 24. Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville) 25.99, 25. Jayla Bethel (NA) 26.16.

    1,600 — 1. Rachel Nichwitz (Hamilton SE) 4:55.81.

    400 relay — 1. Warren Central 47.75, 11. New Albany 49.08, 20. Jeffersonville 49.87.

    400 — 1. Irby (Pike) 55.09, 21. Charmaine Solis (Providence) 59.09, 27. Hailey Lacy (J) 1:00.04.

    300 hurdles — 1. Symone Black (FW Concordia) 42.51, 6. Ertel (JC) 44.94, 15. Sidney Capelle (Corydon) 46.18.

    800 — 1. Ashley Macleod (Penn) 2:13.31, 19. Bayley Wade (P) 2:18.98.

    3,200 — 1. Anna Rohrer (Mishawaka) 10:42.00, 17. Zoey Johnson (Seymour) 11:20.66, 25. Cia Greene (Henryville) 11:47.44.

    1,600 relay — 1. Fisher 3:55.24, 24. Jeffersonville 4:06.94, 27. Corydon 4:07.88.

    High jump — 1. Janae Moffitt (Oak Hill) 5-9, 14. Megan Kimberley (Sey) 5-3, 18. Emily Holland (Madison) 5-3.

    Long jump — 1. Holly Hankenson (Bellmont) 18-8, 23. Whitley Brock (BNL) 17-0.

    Discus — 1. Adriana Brown (Lawrence Central) 155-8 1/2, 4. Natalie Uhl (Henryville) 148-0, 18. Carson Casey (Borden) 129-5, 20. Megan Brooks (Charlestown) 128-11.

    Shot put — 1. Liz Iversen (Martinsville) 48-2 1/4, 6. Brooks (Char) 42-6 1/2.

    Pole vault — 1. Kennedy Trine (Angola) 12-6, 10. Rachael Kavgazoff (FC) 11-6.

 

BOYS’ STATE FINALS

SATURDAY

At Indiana University, Bloomington

SEEDS


    3,200 relay — 1. Hamilton Southeastern 7:49.17, 24. Floyd Central 8:07.66.

    100 — 1. Mathew Johnson (Lafayette Jeff) 10.68, 15. Gaige Klingsmith (FC) 10.99, 25. Tuwan Payton (New Albany) 11.08, 33. Marquise Parrish (Clarksville) 11.13.

    110 hurdles — 1. Jacob Wright (HSE) 13.94, 24. Grant Foster (FC) 15.19.

    200 — 1. Johnson (LJ) 21.67, 5. Nathaniel Dotts (BNL) 21.98.

    1,600 — 1. Jeremy Breedlove (Kokomo) 4:15.19, 24. Paul Baker (Columbus East) 4:26.55, 27. Ryan Franklin (Brownstown Central) 4:30.34.

    400 relay — 1. Gary West 41.43, 21. Columbus East 43.20, 23. New Albany 43.27, 24. Floyd Central 43.34.

    400 — 1. Tyvon Kelly (FW North) 48.58, 10. Jason Kimmet (CE) 49.59, 14. Parrish (Cl) 49.85.

    300 hurdles — 1. Jason Veveto (Center Grove) 37.53, 18. James Robinson (CE) 39.79.

    800 — 1. Daniel Kuhn (Shelbyville) 1:51.81, 24. Adam Wallace (FC) 1:57.72, 25. Mitch McCoy (Sey) 1:57.83.

    3,200 — 1. Cooper Williams (West Lafayette) 9:10.08, 14. Daniel Fleace (North Harrison) 9:27.19, 18. Julien Magallanes (Borden) 9:28.79.

    1,600 relay — 1. Brownsburg 3:18.84, 18. Eastern 3:23.91, 19. Bedford NL 3:24.07, 20. Columbus East 3:24.09, 23. Floyd Central 3:25.15.

    Discus — 1. Gelen Robinson (Lake Central) 185-1, 7. Thomas Alsup (JC) 163-0, 9. Schuyler Hosp (Silver Creek) 158-10, 16. Spencer Harris (SC) 158-6.

    Shot put — 1. David Schall (Avon) 59-4, 11. Alsup (JC) 55-2 1/2, 19. Michael Flynn (BNL) 53-7 1/2.

    Long jump — 1. Avion Sullivan (Ev. Central) 23-3, 2. Matthew Garrison (BNL) 23-2, 12. Antonio Villegas (FC) 22-2 1/4.

    High jump — 1. Alex Olson (Bloomington South) 6-8, 2. Javen Reeves (NA) 6-6, 16. Garrison (BNL) 6-4 3/4.

    Pole vault — 1. Deakin Volz (BS) 17-3, 8. Ben Coomer (Sey) 14-6, 13. Austin McKinley (Salem) 14-3.