Meyer, Mehne, Crews savor return tripsJune 3, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
The weekend provided an opportunity for three local athletes to end their seasons, and in two cases, their careers, while competing among the best in the state.
Southridge senior Morgan Meyer led all the local qualifiers with an 11th-place finish in the discus and Heritage Hills sophomore Sienna Crews registered a personal-best performance in Saturday’s girls track and field state finals at Bloomington, while Jasper senior Darian Mehne competed in two events as she capped a career in which she reached the state finals three consecutive seasons.
Meyer’s whirl of 127 feet in the discus was the second-best of her career, just a foot shorter than the personal record she established in a meet against Heritage Hills late in the regular season. She was just two spots short of an all-state finish in the event but still found plenty to be happy about as she was seeded 16th in the event.
Just like last year when she reached the state finals for the first time and finished 15th in the discus, a free-and-easy attitude allowed Meyer to excel.
“Last year I was just really excited that I actually made it to state, and this year I just kind of wanted to get things done,” Meyer said. “I wasn’t really nervous at all both years.”
It helped having a personal fan club that sat up close to cheer her every throw. In addition to her family and coaches, teammates Aubrey Main, Madison Mundy and Taylor Neukam tagged along to Bloomington, and former Raider standout Cassie Wertman also made the trip back to watch Meyer, who’ll move on to compete at St. Joseph’s College, finish her prep career with a flourish.
“I was happy with going to state for two years,” Meyer said. “It just felt really nice being able to (say), well, last year wasn’t just a one-time deal, that I could do it again.”
Mehne finished 25th in the 100 (12.85) and 23rd in the long jump (16-8 1/2), while Crews placed 21st in the 1,600 (5:18.14).
Mehne said she got rattled a bit in the long jump after seeing most of the girls in the first heat exceed the distances at which they were seeded. She and Jasper coach Dean Jerger entered the day with realistic expectations that Mehne could move up from her seed position of 12th to place in the top nine but that didn’t happen as Mehne faulted on two of her three jumps.
“It just wasn’t one of my best days,” she said.
“Senior year, you always want to go out with a bang and it just didn’t feel like a bang for me.”
Mehne and the runners in the 100 completed the race with the wind against them, said Mehne, who would have finished third in the finals had she reached her personal-best time of 12.25.
“It’s very hard to get your personal record at state,” Mehne said. “Just being there was an honor.”
Crews also said competing Saturday was “an honor” and added advancing this far was a surprise considering she started the season battling a stress fracture in her right shin, an injury that eventually became worse after the cross country season. She suffered shin splints in the offseason and didn’t become cleared to run until April 11. She missed three meets in the early part of the season, cutting down on her training time. Still, Crews raced to her top time of the season, allowing her to move up five places from where she was seeded.
“This was probably my hardest season yet because I came into it with a stress fracture and I didn’t have a lot of training because of it,” Crews said. “It just wasn’t the best year for me, but I just tried to keep a positive attitude and my family and friends helped me keep a positive attitude and that’s why I said I probably couldn’t do it without them. I didn’t even expect to go to state, so I’m just happy I got to go.”
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