May 31, 2013

Hamilton Southeastern Claims First Boys Track & Field Title
Hamilton Southeastern claimed its first IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Championship Friday at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.  The Royals, coached by Joe Golden, accumulated 65 points to runner-up Lafayette Jefferson’s 49 points.

The Royals were paced by senior Ryan Davis who claimed an individual title in the 400 meter dash. Senior teammate Troy Reader contributed a valuable 10 points to the team tally by snagging the 1600 meter run with a winning time of 4:07.26. Zach Reitzug, also a senior, and junior Jacob Wright finished 2-4 in the 300 hurdles, while the 4x400 meter relay team of Reitzug, Joshua Christy (12), Davis, and Wright sealed the victory with a first place finish to end the night. 

The quartet of seniors (Eric Claxton, Kyle Gater, Alexander Hess, Jonathan Harper) from Carroll (Fort Wayne) kicked off the meet with a first place finish in the 4x800, defending their title from 2012. The Chargers clocked in at 7:40.14.  

Bowman Academy’s Marsalis Gibson earned the first track state title for both himself and his school after his first place finish in the 110 hurdles, crossing the line at 14.19. 

Team runner-up Lafayette Jefferson picked up the majority of its points thanks to its sprinters. In the 200 meter dash, seniors Carl McQuay (21.73) and Lucas Wallace (21.81) concluded their careers by finishing 1-2 in the event. Junior Matthew Johnson added the 100 meter crown in 10.74 and the Broncho sprinters took home the 4x100 relay (McQuay, Johnson, Darian Green, Wallace), coming in at 41.41.

It was a night for first-time champions in the field events; Eric Blackman, a senior at Evansville Harrison captured his first state championship in high jump (6-8).  Eastern (Greentown) senior Grant Cole out jumped the field in the long jump, with a mark 23-5.25.  In the throwing events, junior Lukayus McNeil (Decatur Central) was victorious in the shot put with a throw of 61-6 and the discus title went to senior Codie Hamsley (Floyd Central) after his toss of 194-0. 

The official attendance for Friday’s event was 4,987.

Top 10 Teams   
Hamilton Southeastern 65
2. Lafayette Jefferson 49
3. Center Grove 34
4. Lawrence Central 32
5. Warsaw Community 29
6. Ben Davis 28
7. Fishers 27
8. Avon 24
9. Evansville Harrison 22
10.  FW Bishop Dwenger 19

State Champions
Pole Vault: Jared Schipper, 11, FW Bishop Dwenger, 16-03.
Long Jump:  Grant Cole, 12, Eastern (Greentown), 23-5.25.
Discus: Codie Hamsley, 12, Floyd Central, 194-00.
High Jump: Eric Blackman, 12, Evansville Harrison, 6-08.00. 
Shot Put: Lukayus McNeil, 11, Decatur Central, 61-06.
3200 Relay: Carroll (Fort Wayne) (Eric Claxton 12, Kyle Gater 12, Alexander Hess 12, Jonathan Harper 12) 7:40.14.
110 Hurdles: Marsalis Gibson, 11, Bowman Academy, 14.19.
100 Meters: Matthew Johnson, 11, Lafayette Jefferson, 10.74.
1600 Meters: Troy Reeder, 12, Hamilton Southeastern, 4:07.26.
400 Relay: Lafayette Jefferson (Carl McQuay 12, Matthew Johnson 11, Darian Green 11, Lucas Wallace 12) 41.41.
400 Meters: Ryan Davis, 12, Hamilton Southeastern, 47.25.
300 Hurdles: Conner Stapleton, 12, Center Grove, 37.26.
800 Meters: Matt Dorsey, 12, Lawrence Central, 1:52.74.
200 Meters: Carl McQuay, 12, Lafayette Jefferson, 21.73.
3200 Meters: Clayton Bowie, 11, Southport, 9:01.36.
1600 Relay: Hamilton Southeastern (Zach Reitzug 12, Joshua Christy 12, Ryan Davis 12, Jacob Wright 11) 3:14.74.

Matt Dorsey of Lawrence Central High School Named Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award Winner
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Matt Dorsey of Lawrence Central High School as the winner of this year’s Robert S. Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award in Boys Track and Field.

Mattwas part of the 4x800 meter relay state record from 2010 and has been awarded the Lawrence Central Male Athlete of the Year for 2012-2013. He is the president of the Lawrence Schools Student Foundation, and a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Lawrence Central Leadership Coalition, National Honor Society, and was named Student Athlete of Character. Matt has given back to his community by tutoring deaf students in biology and raised $2,000 for Lawrence Township Tutoring Center. 

Matt plans to join the United States Air Force Academy in the fall and major in Biology. He is the son of Matt and Melissa Dorsey.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the proud corporate partner of all IHSAA tournaments, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Lawrence Central High School in the name of Matt Dorsey.