On to state: Local athletes compete in regionals; three advance to state finals
Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Erin Knepple runs the 800-meter event.
FORT WAYNE â€” Three Whitley County athletes are advancing to the Indiana State Track Finals in four events after strong placings in Northropâ€™s regional competition Tuesday night.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Samantha Roush took second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:04.58, the state-qualifying standard.
Heather Monk from Churubusco is advancing in two events â€” the shot put and discus.
Monk threw the qualifying standard in both events. She placed second in the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, 9 inches. In the discus, Monk took third with a throw of 128 feet, 11 inches.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Carlee Hearld tied for third in the high jump. She jumped 5 feet, 3.25 inches.
Kalisha Goree fell just short of the state finals in two events.
In the long jump, Goree placed sixth, falling just a half inch short of the state finals.
The Indiana State Track Finals are next Friday at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Pole vault, long jump and discus begin at 3 p.m. High jump and shot put are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Preliminary running events are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies start at 6:10 p.m.
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