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June 5, 2015

Two Individual Champions Help Greyhounds To Second Track and Field Title
Two individual champions helped Carmel to its second-ever IHSAA boys track and field state title and first since 2000 at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington.

The Greyhounds accumulated 49 points to outpace runner-up Ben Davis with 36.75 and third-place Warren Central with 36.

Coach Ken Browner’s team was paced by a pair of first place finishes from sophomore Jalen Walker, who posted a 37.74 in the 300 hurdles, and junior Ben Veatch, who ran a blazing 8:53.77 in the 3200. The Greyhounds’ were also the beneficiaries of top five finishes in three different field events.

Two seniors, Vince Laconi and Isaac James, both finished fourth in the shot put and long jump, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Lipe, meanwhile, took home a third place finish in the pole vault with a height of 15-09.

The pole vault event was undoubtedly one of the more exciting events of the evening. After seven competitors cleared 15-00, Bloomington South’s Deakin Volz took home first prize for the second consecutive season by smashing his previous state record with an impressive height of 17-06.

Stoney Prowell was the night’s other repeat champion. The senior from Indianapolis Marshall won the 400 meter dash with a time of 47.09, improving on last year’s time of 48.40.

The 200 meter finals ended in a photo finish, as the top two places finished within one-tenth of a second of each other. D’Wayne Eskridge, a junior from Bluffton, bested Isaiah Thomas, the previous year’s state champion, with a time of 21.39.

The official attendance for Friday’s event at Indiana University’s Robert C. Hough Track and Field Complex was 4,793.

112th Annual IHSAA Boys Track & Field State Finals
Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Bloomington
June 5, 2015

Top 10 Teams
1. Carmel 49
2. Ben Davis 36.75
3. Warren Central 36
4. Center Grove 33
T5. Fort Wayne Northrop 27
T5. Hamilton Southeastern 27
7. Avon 24
T8. Bloomington North 21
T8. Bloomington South 21
T8. Bluffton 21
T8. Lake Central 21

State Champions
3200 Relay: West Lafayette (Dylan Williams, 11, Jake Cohen, 12, Cooper Williams, 11, Evan Johnson, 11) 7:45.07.
100 Meters: John Hankerson, 11, South Bend Washington, 10.73.
110 Hurdles: Clayton Cook, 12, Wawasee, 13.99.
200 Meters: D’Wayne Eskridge, 11, Bluffton, 21.39.
1600 Meters:  Zack Snider, 12, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, 4:10.26.
400 Relay: Ben Davis (Chris Evans, 11; Derrick Jones, 12; Jermaine Hoskins, 9; Christian Powell, 11) 41.20.
400 Meters: Stoney Prowell, 12, Indianapolis Marshall, 47.09.
300 Hurdles: Jalen Walker, 10, Carmel, 37.74.
800 Meters: Hari Sathyamurthy, 11, Brownsburg, 1:51:50.
3200 Meters: Ben Veatch, 11, Carmel, 8:53.77.
1600 Relay: Lake Central (Anthony Pavloski, 10; Clayton Goldman, 11; Ethan Gomez, 12; Charles Sykes, 12), 3:16.49.
Discus: Cameron Tidd, 11, Center Grove, 190-4.
Shot Put:  Mitchell Kessler, 12, Crown Point, 58-11.5.
Long Jump:  Christian Powell, 11, Ben Davis, 23-9.5.
High Jump: Francis Ehigbai, 12, Hamilton Southeastern, 6-11.
Pole Vault: Deakin Volz, 12, Bloomington South, 17-6. State Record

Deakin Volz of Bloomington South Wins Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award 
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Deakin Volz of Bloomington High School South  as the winner of this year’s Robert S. Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award in Boys Track and Field.

Volz is a back-to-back state champion in the pole vault. He has appeared at the state finals each of the past four years and has set a meet record each of the past two seasons, reaching 17-00.5 in 2014, and clearing 17-06 this year. Volz also holds the National High School Indoor Record with the height of 17-11.25. 

Outside of the track, Volz is a leader in the classroom and the community. He was a member of the National Honor Society at Bloomington South and was also active in the school’s dance marathon fundraiser as the Senior Executive.

Volz will attend Virginia Tech in the fall on a full track and field scholarship. He is the son of Dave and Marci Volz of Bloomington.

The IHSAA Executive Committee presented a $1,000 scholarship to Bloomington High School South in the name of Deakin Volz.