June 06, 2012There were some big performances from the local area in the boys' state track finals Saturday afternoon on the Indiana University campus is Bloomington as Floyd Central's Codie Hamsley and North Harrison Johnnie Guy saved their best performances for last. Hamsley came out with a second-place finish in the discus, and Guy finished third in the 3,200-meter run.
Hamsley had spent all season trying to break the 180-foot barrier and had been coming close with throws of 176 and 177 feet. Hamsley's first throw flew just 167 feet, 6 inches. On his second throw, however, the Floyd Central junior uncorked a monster throw of 184 feet, 3 inches, moving him into the lead.
Floyd Central junior Codie Hamsley launches this throw 184 feet, 3 inches to finish second in the discus at the state finals. Photos Wade Bell
"I didn't throw it hard, but I was just so smooth," Hamsley said. "It was a smooth throw. I thought it was a 170, and I thought, 'Oh, my gosh. It's a 184!' "
It wouldn't be enough for the win, however, as Carmel's Langston Newton unleashed a throw of 192 feet, 9 inches in the finals to get the win.
Hamsley unleashed another big throw in the finals that closed in on 190 feet, but the Floyd Central thrower just scratched, disqualifying the throw.
"If I had kept it in, I would have given Newton a run for his money," Hamsley said.
"I'm so happy because I've been trying to break 180 all year, and I broke it twice today. It was a good day throwing."
With his 180-foot barrier out of the way, Hamsley is now setting his sights on something bigger, that being the 212-foot school record set by Floyd Central standout Ben Jackson.
"I know I can get it," he said. "I'll do what I have to do to get it. Next year is going to be that Ben Jackson 212 barrier. Hopefully, a 217, five feet, that's not that big of difference."
In the first of the running events, the North Harrison 3,200-meter relay team was seeded 12th with a time of 8:00.02. The team of Josh Guy, Kyle Chesser, Johnnie Guy and Jonathan Reynolds broke the eight-minute barrier earlier at the track sectional but believed they could do better.
North Harrison senior Johnnie Guy gives himself a well-deserved fist pump as he crosses the finish line third in the 3,200 meter run at this year’s state finals.
On Saturday, the foursome improved to 7:57.90 for a personal best and breaking their own school record set two weeks before, finishing 12th in the contest.
"That's a PR, and a PR is always nice to have," Reynolds said. "That's a school record. We ran a 7:59.3 (at sectional), so we got our best time, which is good. We were hoping to finish a little higher. We just gave it our all today, so I think that's the best we could have done."
Back at the shot-put pit, Floyd Central's Andrew Archer wasn't having the kind of day he wanted. Archer came into the meet with a distance of 52 feet, 1 inch, but he struggled, managing only a best throw of 47-3-1/2 to finish 25th.
"I had a lot of emotions," the senior said. "I was very anxious, very excited and a little bit nervous. I guess everybody has their off days."
Archer's first throw went wrong mechanically. The Floyd Central senior disqualified the throw himself by reaching to the ground.
"It just kind of slipped off of my hands, and I was just, 'Oh, well,' " Archer said. "I just put my hand down and scratched on my own."
Archer's final two throws fell in, but the best of the two only stretched to 47-3-1/2.
New Albany's Jermaine Parrish edged the field in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.67 seconds. The Bulldog runner edged out Merrillville's Dylon Collins, who finished in 10.83 seconds. Parrish finished second in the 200-meter dash in 21.91, getting outleaned at the end by Lafayette Jeff's Lucas Wallace, who won in 21.70.
In the 1,600-meter run, North Harrison's Reynolds found himself well back in the field early and finished 20th in a time of 4:25.59. Franklin Central's Jason Crist won the event in a time of 4:09.12.
"A 4:24.59 is my second best of the year, so I can't really complain there," Reynolds said.
In the 3,200 meters, Johnnie Guy's run was reminiscent of the 2004 state finals cross country run by North Harrison's Ryan Byrne, where he came from the middle of the field in the last half of the race to finish second.
Guy fell back in the field of 27 runners to about 20th at the start. After getting in cruise control, the North Harrison senior began picking off those in front of him and moved forward.
"I didn't want to go out too quick and die, so I just went out at a decent pace, not too hard, just staying right in the pack," Guy said. "Whenever I saw an opening, I just kept moving up."
By the middle of the race, Guy had moved to the ninth position. Two laps later, he was seventh and still moving forward, pushing to sixth then fifth on the next lap.
"I was watching and just counting where I was," he said. "I was just worried people were going to start coming by me, and I thought, 'No, it's not going to happen.' "
With a lap to go, Guy pushed by Evansville North's Caleb Kerr for fourth. In the final two turns, Guy found another gear and charged by Columbus North's Christopher Kelsey for the third spot, finishing in a time of 9:03.85 to destroy his personal best by 18 seconds and knock almost four seconds off the school record.
"That was awesome," said Guy, who gave himself a well-deserved fist pump as he crossed the finish line.
"The last 100 meters, I wasn't even looking at the clock," he said. "I didn't know where I was at all. I was just going to place, and I looked down and on the clock it said 9:02, 9:03, and I said, 'Oh, my gosh. Is that me?' That was a PR by 18 seconds. I knew I could go faster than 9:21 at sectional. I didn't know I could go that fast, though. It's just an awesome way to end high school. It's the way to go out."
North Central's Futsum Zenasellassie won the race, his fourth 3,200-meter title in a row, with a state meet record time of 8:51.15, breaking the 1975 mark of Rudy Chapa, of Hammond, by just under four seconds.
"It was awesome competition, probably one of the best state meets in the two-mile we've ever had," Guy said. "It was awesome to step up on that podium right next to him (Zenasellassie) and Caleb, my teammate next year, because he'll be at Purdue, too. It's just an awesome feeling."