Mehne zips to top time as Meyer, Crews also advanceMay 22, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
Three local athletes will make a return appearance in the girls track and field state finals next weekend.
In Tuesday night’s regional at Central Stadium in Evansville, Jasper senior Darian Mehne won the 100 meters (12.77) and finished third in the long jump (17-4 1/2), Southridge senior Morgan Meyer captured first in the discus and Heritage Hills sophomore Sienna Crews placed third in the 1,600 (5:24.20).
The top three competitors in each event advanced to the state finals Saturday, June 1, in Bloomington.
Meyer also finished seventh in the shot put, as event in which she wasn’t seeded in the top three. Southridge coach Elaine Maine said Meyer performed well, noting Meyer completed her discus-winning toss of 126 feet, 8 inches on her first attempt.
“She took care of business pretty early there,” Main said.
Forest Park senior Mackenzie Weyer finished a spot behind Meyer in the shot put, taking eighth, and also finished seventh in the discus.
Crews also finished sixth in the 800 as teammate Kandace Buechler and Northeast Dubois’ Kateland Bailey placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault. Buechler and Bailey both vaulted 10 feet, and Bailey’s mark was a personal-best and tied a school record.
Also for Northeast Dubois, Alicia Betz placed seventh in the 100 hurdles and also teamed with Brynn Hoffman, Ashton Knies and Bailey to take seventh in the 400 relay. The Forest Park team of Chloe Dilger, Weyer, Madi Boeglin and Holly Buechler finished ninth in the event.
Heritage Hills finished 10th in the 1,600 relay (Mary Ellen Laughlin, Tiffany Parks, Shelby Deller, Kaebra LaGrange) and Jasper (Luci Hulsman, Jordan Hartley, Laura Renner, Megan Stenftenagel) took ninth in the 3,200 relay.
A handful of other local athletes registered top-five performances.
Jasper freshman Hannah Welsh finished fourth in the 3,200, and Southridge sophomore Aubrey Main took fourth in the 800 and fifth in the high jump; Main missed advancing in the 800 by about eight seconds while coming 2 inches short of moving on in the high jump at 5-1.
Also for Southridge, freshman Kadie Dearing placed seventh in the 200 and sixth in the 400.
“Kadie’s performance was really outstanding,” Elaine Main said. “She had no idea what to expect; I thought she was very calm and approached the races very well. She tried to run them the way that we asked her to run them.”
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