Jasper relay blazes record path into state finalsMay 26, 2017
From Herald Staff Reports
Update: Jasper's Sam DeWitt, who finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.66), made the performance list for state and will compete for Jasper at the state meet next Friday.
If you’re going to qualify for the state track meet, you might as well sprinkle in some style points. That can come from shaving a second off of a seed time, like Jasper’s 1,600 relay team of Noah Mehringer, Chris Backer, Reece Milligan and Elliot Prange accomplished while striding to a second-place finish in 3:25.90 in Thursday’s regional at Central Stadium in Evansville.
But for the Wildcats’ first-place 3,200 relay team, that all seems a little tame. The quartet of Will Smith, Tristan Backer, Cale Kilian and Corbin Kaiser not only improved upon their seed time, but did so by nearly 30 seconds. In the process, they also claimed a regional title, and their time of 7:53.75 smashed both the prior regional record (7:59.09) from 2014 and a school record (8:00.18) set last year. Those two relays boosted Jasper to 26 1⁄2 points and a seventh-place finish, while Evansville Harrison (75) sprinted past the field to claim first place. Forest Park worked its way to 23 points and 13th place, while Heritage Hills (7) grabbed 20th, Northeast Dubois (5) snagged 27th and Southridge (5) was 27th.
The top three finishers in each event move on to the state finals, and also joining the pair of Jasper relays at the state meet in Bloomington next Friday will be a pair of Forest Park throwers. Andrew Schuler heaved a first-place mark in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 5 inches after his sectional mark had him seeded ninth entering Thursday, while Cline finished fourth in the same event. Cline punched a state finals ticket in the other throwing event, with a second-place mark of 161-8 that propelled him to Bloomington. Southridge’s Jaden Hayes just missed a state bid with his discus heave of 147-7 landing in fourth.
Prange also nearly earned an individual qualifying spot, as he sped to a fourth-place finish of 50.76 in the 400, a little more than two tenths of a seconds from grabbing a spot in the top three. Jasper’s Sam DeWitt notched a half-second improvement from his sectional time in the 110 hurdles. His 14.92 earned him fourth place.
Milligan also sprinted to a seventh-place finish in the 200, Kilian nabbed eighth in the 3,200, and Kaiser and Smith snagged 10th and 11th in the 800 to round out Jasper’s top finishers.
For Forest Park, Blake Mohr hustled to a 10th place finish in the 300 hurdles, while Garrison Tretter crossed the line 14th in the 400. The Rangers’ 3,200 relay team of Austin Welp, Ben Becher, Evan Hamilton and Aubrey Wagner grabbed 14th, two spots behind Heritage Hills’ Grant Lashley, Slade Hoffman, Kaden Feldpausch and Noah Hufnagel.
Hufnagel also trotted to 16th in the 3,200, while Mitchell Hopf strode to fifth in the 1,600 in 4:25.55, a nearly eight-second improvement from his sectional time. Kamden Buechler also leapt to sixth in the high jump and Jacob Luebbehusen and Adam Redmond soared to 10th and 14th, respectively, in the pole vault.
Northeast Dubois was the top local team in the 400 relay, with Tristen Myers, Logan Dodd, Alex Harder and Bobby Reutman sprinting to a 44.97 and an eighth-place finish. The Jeeps also hustled to sixth in the 1,600 relay, with Tjidsger Postmus, Eli Betz, Stone Wright and Jeb Knies working together to finish in 3:33.82. Knies added to his day with an eighth-place finish in the 1,600 and Reutman sailed to ninth in the pole vault.
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