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EVANSVILLE—Perry Central and Tell City each qualified for the state meet in two events with their performances in the boys track regional Thursday.
Among 31 teams that scored, Perry Central placed fifth—its highest finish ever—with 36 points. Tell City tied for 14th with 14.
Harrison, coached by former Tell City star Marty Rogier, repeated as team champion with 119 points, 59 more than runner-up Terre Haute North.
The top eight in each event scored but only the top three qualified for state.
Perry Central’s Bryce Lain, Alex Newton, Abe Schwartz and Aaron Pierrard broke their own school record again as they placed second in the 3200-meter relay in 8:09.27.
Evansville Memorial won it in 8:09.27.
Perry Central junior Austin LeClere placed third in the long jump with a 20-foot-10 3/4 leap.
“I think Austin is fully capable of jumping 22 feet,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett.
A wet takeoff board kept most jumps shorter than normal. Evansville Central’s Avion Sullivan won with a 21-foot-6 jump.
Tell City’s Brennan Malone placed third in the 110 high hurdles in 15.02 seconds, a personal record.
“I think with a good day, he can still cut another seven-or eight-tenths (of a second) off his time,” said Tell City Coach Zac Hartz.
Teammate Elliott Brown placed fourth in the 200 dash in 22.98. But Sullivan, the third-place finisher in that race, scratched out of that event for the state meet to concentrate on the long jump. So Brown gets to take his place at state in the 200.
Several other Perry Countians came close to qualifying for state.
Perry Central’s Andrew Huber placed fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.57, just seven-hundredths of a second behind third-place Jeremy Patterson of Terre Haute South.
Lain set a personal record as he placed fourth in the 800 in 1:58.89, 35-hundredths behind third-place Natnale Billa of Harrison.
Brown placed sixth in the 100 dash in 11.39. But he ran it in 11.30 in the trials to move past Chris Evans, Jeff Hawkins and Mark Hildebrandt into fourth place on Tell City’s all-time honor roll in that event.
Pierrard placed sixth in the 1600 run in 4:37.34.
Huber placed seventh in the 110 hurdles in 15.70 and in the high jump at 6 feet.
Perry Central scored twice in the pole vault. Levi Hilgenhold placed seventh at 13 feet and Nathan Shaw was eighth at 12 feet, 6 inches, tying his personal best.
Hilgenhold, Dacota Schaad, Devin Martin and LeClere were seventh in the 400 relay in 45.20.
No other Perry Countian scored. Perry Central senior Greg Coultas just missed as he took ninth in the shot put at 46 feet, 1 3/4 inches, a personal record.
Most Perry County runners did not have great nights in individual distance races.
Pierrard was 11th in the 3200 in 10:33.20 and Newton, the Jasper sectional champion, was 12th in 10:34.85.
“Alex just lost too much conditioning with that heel injury (that sidelined him more than a week late in the season),” said Barnett.
Barnett summed up his team’s performance overall: “We had some personal records but it wasn’t one of those nights when everyone was on like in the sectional.”
The state meet will be held at Indiana University’s track Friday at 2 p.m. Perry County time, with the long jump starting then.
The 3200 relay will start at 3:15 p.m., the 110 hurdles trials at 4:15 p.m., and the 200 trials at 4:40 p.m.
Other Perry Countians’ performances in regional:
400: Logan Smithson, TC, 11th, 53.55
800: Caleb Sherry, TC, 12th, 2:06.98
1600: Donovan Ingle, TC, 15th, 4:49.33; Sherry, TC, 16th, 4:55.00
400 relay: TC (Landon Thomas, Brown, Matthew Cole, Nick Buchta) 12th, 46.07
1600 relay: TC (Thomas, Cole, Sherry, Smithson) 11th, 3:38.03
3200 relay: TC (Brandon Gaynor, Travis Brinksneader, Ingle, Sherry) 11th, 8:32.27
High jump: Malone, TC, 9th, 5-11
Shot put: Clint Waninger, TC, 15th, 43-8 3/4
Discus: Waninger, TC, 10th, 133-7