Davis third in 1600 run to qualify for state meet

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By Larry Goffinet

EVANSVILLE—Tiffany Davis qualified for the state meet in the 1600-meter run and scored in two other events to lead Tell City to 17th place in the IHSAA girls track regional Tuesday.

Thirty-two teams scored in the meet and several others were represented by competitors who did not score.

Eight places were scored in each event, but only the top three qualified for the state meet.

Davis placed third in the 1600 in 5:31.19. Lacey Orth of Evansville North won the race in 5:24.30 and Lauren Minor of Evansville Central placed second in 5:29.37.

Forest Park’s Kaci Verkamp, who will be Davis’ teammate and roommate at IUPUI next fall, had passed Davis down the stretch to win the 1600 in the Perry Central sectional a week earlier.

But Tuesday Davis held off a late charge by Verkamp to beat the Ranger runner by 74-hundredths of a second for the trip to state.

The state meet will be held Saturday, June 6, at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington at 2 p.m., Perry County time. The 1600 run is scheduled to start at 5:35 p.m.

Tell City fell one place short of qualifying for state in the 3200 relay.

Davis, Courtney Young, Andyn Rowe and Sarah Goffinet ran it in 10:25.24 to place fourth, 14.11 seconds behind third-place Reitz.

Davis placed eighth in the 3200 run in 12:32.79 and Goffinet placed eighth in the 1600 in 5:43.04 to complete the Marksmen’s scoring.

Tell City junior Elizabeth Kohnert just missed scoring in the high jump, tying for ninth place at 5 feet.

Perry Central junior Jessica Huber tied for ninth in the 300 low hurdles in 49.82 seconds. She and Holli Moore of Shakamak were 59-hundredths of a second behind eighth-place Kelsey Andis of Linton-Stockton.

Huber finished 12th in the 100 intermediate hurdles trials in 17.20 and thus did not make the finals.

Cannelton freshman Sammie James finished 14th in the shot put with a 29-foot-33⁄4 throw.

Tell City freshman Kayla Galloway scratched on all three of her throws in the discus trials.

Perry Central’s Arika Kemp finished 15th in the 100 dash in 14.20 and Tell City’s Katlyn Braunecker was 16th in 14.23.

Gibson Southern won the team title with 58 points, edging Castle by just one point.

Tell City scored 13 points. Perry Central and Cannelton did not score.