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EVANSVILLE—Tell City junior Kassidie Hayes won the shot put to lead Tell City to sixth place among 30 teams that scored in the Evansville Central girls track regional Tuesday.
Tell City senior Logan Flannagan also qualified for the state meet in one hurdles race.
The top eight in each event scored but only the top three qualified for state.
Hayes threw the shot 40 feet, 7 inches on her last attempt for her winning throw.
Her previous personal record was 38 feet, 10 inches but all six of her throws Tuesday were farther than that. In order they went 39-0, 39-1, 40-1, 39-4, 39-3 and 40-7.
She joined Jeniffer Cronin as the only Tell City girl to ever throw it at least 40 feet and joined Cronin as the only Marksman regional champions of that event.
Tell City Coach Katie Weyer said Hayes “is a great competitor and proved that today as she remained undefeated. She is one of the best at rising to the competition and getting it done.”
She became only the sixth Tell City girl to win a regional title in any event.
The Marksmen’s other regional champions were Connie Howland in the 1600-meter run in 1986, Lisa Freeman in the discus in 1989, Cronin in the shot in 1995, Jessie Labhart in the discus in 2000, and Flannagan in the 300 low hurdles in 2011.
Flannagan placed third in the 300 hurdles Tuesday in 46.54 seconds, just 30-hundredths of a second slower than her regional winning time of three years ago.
She placed fourth in the 100 high hurdles in 15.98, missing qualifying for state in that event by just 40-hundredths of a second.
Teammate Emma Kohnert placed seventh in that race in 48.84.
Perry Central’s Amber Lindauer just missed scoring in that race. She finished ninth in 49.17, 20-hundredths of a second behind eighth place.
Flannagan, Tori Payne, Katelyn Hughes and Kohnert placed sixth in the 400 relay in 52.09.
Tell City senior Allison Hagan placed sixth in the discus with a 105-foot-9 throw.
Perry Central’s Brynnan Underhill made the discus finals but finished ninth at 100-11.
Perry Central scored its only point in the 1600 relay.
Lindauer, Sarah Schlach-ter, Allison Parker and Grace James ran it in 4:18.16 to place eighth.
The Commodores’ Megan Thomas, Verna Schwartz, Ryann Lynch and Marie Schwartz just missed scoring in the 3200 relay, finishing ninth in 10:43.47.
Perry Central’s Hannah Harpenau finished ninth in the long jump at 15 feet, 9 inches—three inches short of scoring—and ninth in the 100 hurdles in 16.71.
She just missed making the finals in that event by four-hundredths of a second. And her time in the trials was faster than two girls ran in the finals.
Tell City’s Payne was ninth in the 200 dash in 27.64, 49-hundredths of a second behind eighth place.
That moved her into fifth place on Tell City’s all-time honor roll for that event.
Weyer was pleased with Tell City’s results overall.
“I think it says a lot about where our program is heading to finish sixth as a team, beating every single school that beat us this year,” she said. “Scoring 29 points in the girls regional is a big deal for a smaller school like us.”
The state meet will be held at Indiana University Friday, June 6, at 2 p.m. Perry County time.
The shot put is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. and the 300 hurdles at 6:20 p.m.
Team scores: Terre Haute North 101, Evansville Memorial 81, Terre Haute South 48.5, Bosse 39, Castle 33, Tell City 29, Evansville North 25.5, Mount Vernon 24.5, Gibson Southern 24, Southridge 23, Evansville Central 20, Mater Dei 20, Northeast Dubois 20, Greencastle 17, Washington 16.5, South Putnam 11, North Posey 10.5, Boonville 9, Heritage Hills 8, Harrison 8, Wood Memorial 7, Reitz 6, Vincennes Lincoln 6, Forest Park 5.5, West Vigo 5, Clay City 5, Sullivan 3, Perry Central 1