June 06, 2012North Harrison's Ashton Bosler and Floyd Central's Leah Wolfe found out the hard way just how tough the competition at the state level can be during their first trips to the Indiana state track finals on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington Friday. Meanwhile, Mitchell high jumper Allison Trevithick, who had already been to a state meet, used her experience there to secure a second-place finish.
Wolfe's first experience at the state meet was the kind nobody wants. The Floyd Central junior came to the IU track early in the day to get a feel for the area and was comfortable.
The pigtails fly as North Harrison freshman Ashton Bosler races to a 22nd-place finish in the 1,600-meter run. In addition, Bosler finished 27th in the 3,200 meters. Photos by Wade Bell
"She was warming up before they got to the flights, and she was doing a real nice job," Floyd Central throwing coach Kirk Hamsley said. "I think she put a lot of pressure on herself. She hadn't been in this situation before."
"It's not bad, because I came here early in the morning so I could practice and get used to the feel of it," Wolfe said. "I knew I really wasn't on my game, but I wasn't doing this bad when I practiced earlier."
Just before the competition began, however, Wolfe's last two practice throws wobbled and flew short. It was quickly apparent the nerves were crashing in on the junior.
Wolfe's first competition throw went more than 120 feet. A red flag, however, flew up indicating a foul throw, with Wolfe's foot being called outside the ring by just a few inches.
"Maybe about (three inches)," Wolfe said. "It wasn't much."
"I looked up, and she said, 'I stepped out,' " Hamsley said. "It was just a little bit. It was a 120-plus so that would have had a chance to get her in the finals. I knew she could get that."
A scratch was called on Wolfe's second throw. The junior's third throw found netting, ending Wolfe's day.
"I'm just trying to block it from my memory now," said Wolfe, who was in tears.
"She's got another year, and, in our area, she'll do real well," Hamsley said. "Next year, she'll be one of the better throwers. She'll have somebody shooting for her, and she'll have a target on her back. She didn't have that this year."
"I can come back and actually do well," Wolfe said. "I'm going to work a lot harder next year."
Floyd Central discus thrower Leah Wolfe, second left, talks with throwing coach Kirk Hamsley, second right, during the state finals. Wolfe struggled, scratching three throws in the preliminaries.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mitchell high jumper Allison Trevithick was having the best day of her high school career. Trevithick easily cleared the early heights then flew over 5-5 and 5-6 on her first attempts equaling her Patoka Lake Athletic Conference winning height.
"I compete better in cold weather," said Trevithick, who was jumping with temperatures in the 60s. "I'm not a hot weather person."
Another thing helping the Mitchell senior was a jump rope she had packed to stay loose between jumps.
"I've had a jump rope on me for the last four years," she said. "Just depending on how long the wait is, I'll pull it out. It's more of a thing to keep my mind at ease. It does warm you up, but it gives you something to think about. I think your legs can get too tired before you jump with stride-outs and stretching. So, this is another way to keep the blood flowing to your legs without overusing them."
Trevithick, at 5-7, missed on her first attempt. On her next try, however, the senior made it look easy, the bar not moving as she cleared the height for a new personal best and school record. At that point, however, Trevithick had to wait as Morayo Akande, who had also cleared 5-6, had to go to another event, the 100-meter hurdles. When she returned, Akande had different news, saying she didn't run.
"I knew she had an event coming up, but, up until that point, I didn't know she hadn't run," Trevithick said. "I knew there was a possibility of her being tired and possibly not getting over 5-8."
Akande cleared the 5-7 height on her first attempt, putting pressure on Trevithick. All three attempts by the Mitchell senior failed at 5-8 while Akande cleared the height on her second try to get the win.
"I couldn't have asked for a better night," Trevithick said. "To get a PR, to make it to the podium and to get second on the podium, it really surpassed my goals. I came up here setting a list of goals. I wanted to jump 5-6, and wherever that places me in the competition, so be it, because 5-6 is something I had obtained before. … Being the first Mitchell athlete to get up on the podium, it's pretty cool to make history."
Mitchell’s Allison Trevithick high-jumper gives the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference something to brag about as she slides across the bar at 5 feet, 7 inches to finish second at the state track finals.
In the first of the running events, Perry Central's 4x800 relay team made school history by being the first to qualify for the state finals. The foursome of Cathryn Peter, Melissa Hagedorn, Grace James and Lindsey Gengelbach finished 22nd in a time of 9:58.69.
"We made it to state," Peter said. "We felt awesome. We felt privileged to be here. It's the first 4x800 team to make it here, so it was an awesome privilege to be here. We're excited."
Peter said the difference in temperature from practicing in the 90s to competing in the 60s made a big difference in the team's performance.
"We're disappointed," she said. "We wanted to beat our recent time, but I think we all had a bad day. Every day this week we were practicing in 90-degree weather, and now we come here and it's 60. That's a big change. It's hard on your lungs. We do what we can do."
North Harrison's Ashton Bosler had never been to the state finals before her first trip as competitor, not even as a spectator. In her first race, the 1,600 meters, the Lady Cat freshman got a baptism by fire of just how tough the state level can be. Bosler fell back from the start as the lead runners went off at a blistering pace. The Lady Cat runner finished well back in the field at 22nd in a disappointing time of 5:24.25.
"I knew it was going to be fast, but I didn't know how fast," Bosler said. "Maybe it was a little bit faster."
Bosler said she had been running in 90-degree weather to get ready for the meet, but the conditions changed greatly with the 60-degree temps. Bosler said, however, that should not have made a difference.
"It wasn't quite what I was looking for," she said. "I don't know what went wrong on that one. A lot of people think being cooler in long distance is better, but I kind of run better and attack it more when it's warmer. The conditions should not have affected me this way as much as it's changed."
In the 3,200-meter run later in the day, Bosler finished farther back, in 27th place, but crossed the line in a time of 11:27.64, something she felt good about.
"It was a little bit better," she said. "I PRed. I was just trying to hold on there. I decided to give it whatever I had left. I think the difference between the mile and the two-mile, in the two-mile I knew I had to stay with the pack closer than in the mile. I was never in it in the mile."
Bosler said she will take what she learned from her first meet to get ready for next year.
"I know I need to practice getting out faster and maintaining it," she said. "It should help me for next year. At first, at the beginning of the season, I was focusing on the mile and then giving whatever I've got left in the two-mile. I might switch that around or change my events a little bit for next year."