Skorge reaches podium by placing 7th at state

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Jasper's Andi VanMeter (left) and Alyssa Skorge competed at Saturday's IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University. Skorge placed 7th overall in the 1600m run which allowed her to reach the podium — something she had always envisioned doing for the past four years.

From Herald Staff Reports

When she entered the Jasper track and field program four years ago, senior Alyssa Skorge envisioned herself on the podium at the State Finals.

In her final meet of her high school career, that’s exactly where she found herself.

Skorge set a new personal best time with a 5:00.45 in the 1600m run which was good enough to earn her seventh place at Saturday’s IHSAA Girls’ Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University.

“It’s just something that I’ve wanted to do four years,” said Skorge, one of nine local athletes competing at Saturday’s meet. “To go to state and not only get my personal best but to also podium, it’s just so amazing.”

As soon as she arrived to Bloomington on Saturday morning, Skorge had a feeling something special was going to happen.

“The weather was perfect and it just felt like a PR (personal record) type of day,” Skorge said.

While she had a good feeling before (and during) the race itself, she believes the most special part about Saturday happened after the racing was all said and done.

When she finally stepped foot on the podium, it all began to sink in.

“Just seeing all my family and friends that helped me get to that spot was pretty special,” Skorge said. “If you work hard, trust in everyone around you and surround yourself with a good support system then anything can happen.”

Skorge wasn’t the only Jasper Wildcat at Saturday’s girl’s track and field meet. In fact, she wasn’t the only member of the Cats in the 1600m run.

Freshman Andi VanMeter also competed for Jasper as she placed 25th with a time of 5:28.01. Skorge said she was grateful to have VanMeter by her side because “she’s someone who can always calm you down and she always has a smile on her face.”

Saturday was also a special day for the Southridge 4x100m relay team of Kenzie Neukam, Monica Steckler, Grace Meece and Grace Sickbert. The Raider quartet finished 16th with a time of 49.31 — good enough not only for a new personal best but also a brand new school record.

Neukam and Sickbert also both competed in individual events. Neukam placed 26th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.41 while Sickbert finished 21st in the 100m hurdles (15.66) and 27th in the 300m hurdles (48.71).

Heritage Hills had a pair of competitors at Saturday’s state meet. Jenna Burns competed in her final competition for the Patriots as the senior placed 20th in the 400m dash with a time of 59.07. Sophomore Rebekah Gordon placed 19th in the shot put with a distance of 38 feet even.

Northeast Dubois also had one competitor at the state meet as Adalie Prok competed in the discus. She placed 26th overall with a distance of 98 feet even.

Unified Track and Field

The Jasper Unified track and field team placed 11th at this weekend’s State Finals meet at Indiana University.

Jasper had several strong finishers in their respective flights including one individual first place finisher — Adam Nordhoff placed first in the fifth flight of the 100m dash with a time of 15.40. Fellow Wildcat Jordan Preston placed third in that flight with a time of 16.17.

In the 400m dash, Jasper’s Felix Rodriguez placed second in the fourth flight with a time of 1:05.41 while Patrick Allen placed third in the fifth flight with a time of 1:12.29.

Jasper’s 4x100m relay team of Rodriguez, Allen, Kadon Hurm and Ethan Lents placed first in the second flight with a time of 52.06 to earn 10 points.

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