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Peter sets school record in girls state track meet

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BLOOMINGTON—Cathryn Peter set a school record but no Perry County athlete scored in the boys and girls state track meets last weekend.
Peter, a Perry Central senior, finished 23rd among 28 runners as she ran the 3200-meter race in 11:33.10 in the girls state meet Friday.
That broke Rachael Rayford’s previous school record by 12 seconds.
Peter was the only Perry County girl to qualify for state this year.
Perry Central and Tell City each competed in two events in the boys meet Saturday.
Their highest finish was Perry Central’s 21st in the 3200 relay. Bryce Lain, Alex Newton, Aaron Pierrard and Abe Schwartz ran it in 8:14.82, 5.55 seconds slower than their regional time.
“We didn’t do horrible or anything,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett. “But we were hoping to better our regional time.
“We did a good job getting out at the start. Bryce had us in second place (in the slower of two heats) after his two laps.”
Tell City’s Brennan Malone finished 22nd in the 110 high hurdles in 15.48. That was 46-hundredths of a  second slower than his regional time, but he did move up one place from being seeded 23rd.
Tell City sophomore Elliott Brown finished 25th in the 200 dash in 23.47, 49-hundredths of a second slower than his regional time.
“It was a pretty good day for their first time at such a big meet,” Tell City Coach Zac Hartz said of Malone and Brown’s performances. “Brennan was in lane one so he had the metal curbing to deal with, but he didn’t let it get in his head.
“I would have liked to have had (personal records), but realistically that doesn’t happen very often at the state meet when you are a lower seed.
“It was a good stepping stone for us, especially since they both have at least one more shot at competing there again.”
Perry Central junior Austin LeClere finished 26th in the long jump with a 20-foot-71⁄2 leap.
LeClere scratched on his first attempt and went 20-4 on his second one before getting his best jump of the day on his final attempt.
“Austin kind of had an off day,” said Barnett. “One day in practice last week all his jumps were in the high 21s.
“He was pretty nervous—it was all of them’s first time to state in track. All in all, it was a good experience for them.”