FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL
Hoosier Hills Conference champions Floyd Central should have an even easier time winning its 11th straight sectional championship.
The Highlanders have six favorites — most of them heavy favorites — and they have at least one athlete in the top five in 15 of the 16 events.
Floyd is the favorite in the 1,600 relay and figures for at least a top-3 finish in all three relays. Chase Blakeman is the top seed in the 300 hurdles, Jacob Marguet and Taylor Dutton should finish 1-2 in the pole vault and Codie Hamsley seems to be a lock to win the discus and the shot put. He is the state favorite in the discus. Adam Wallace is a slight favorite over Borden’s Brian Eurton in the 800.
“We want to get as many into good position for the regional as we can,” Floyd coach Lane Oxley said. “This is one of our better teams. We have some big-meet-type athletes and we can get a lot of nickel and dime [points].”
The Highlanders finished third in last year’s regional behind Bloomington North and Bloomington South.
Borden’s goal is to finish second to the Highlanders, and with the area’s top distance crew, they have an outside shot of doing so.
Borden is seeded second in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays and Eurton is ranked second in the 800 and third in the 1,600. Pole Vaulter Michael Lynch and thrower Brett Williams should also pick up valuable points.
“We would like to be able to compete for that,” Borden coach Liz Carmony said of finishing as runners-up. “We’ve talked about it as a good benchmark for us.”
Defending 100 state champion Marquise Parrish is the top seed in the 100, the 200 and is the anchor of the No. 1 seed Bulldog 400 relay team. Teammate Tuwan Payton is the second seed in the 100. Javen Reeves is also the favorite in the high jump for New Albany.
Providence’s Owen Mattingly is the top seed in the 110 high hurdles, while Murphy Sheets is a contender to advance in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
Clarksville’s Christian Brown is the top seed in the long jump, Josh Grady is seeded third in a tight 400 field and Marquise Parrish is ranked fourth in the 200.
Christian Academy’s best shots of advancing are its 3,200 relay team, which is seeded sixth, and Trey Sturdy, the eighth seed in the long jump.