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June 7, 2014

O'Connell, Fitch lead locals

Senior Jessica O’Connell of Concord was seventh (44.65) in the 300 hurdles to lead the local finishers in the IHSAA girls state track and field meet Friday night at the Indiana University Track & Field Facility in Bloomington.

Senior Symone Black of Fort Wayne Concordia won the event in a record time of 41.36. She broke the record of 2012 Westview graduate Skyler Carpenter (42.03 set in 2011) who is now running at Vanderbilt University.

At the 2012 meet, Carpenter finished first in the 300 hurdles (42.20) and Symone second (42.63).

Lawrence Central captured the team title with a total of 47 points. Pike was second at 38, followed by Warren Central 35, Fort Wayne Northrop and Hamilton Southeastern tied at 28 to round out the top five. Penn finished in a tie for 15th at 16 points, Warsaw in a tie for 30th at 8, Concord, Elkhart Memorial and Lakeland in a tie for 55th at 3.

O’Connell placed seventh (15.68) and freshman Taryn Pruitt of Westview eighth (15.91) in their heat of the 100 hurdles. Senior Symone Black of Fort Wayne Concordia won the event (14.17).

O’Connell, junior Ciana Bonfiglio, sophomore Vanessa Steiner and sophomore Mariah DeFreese of Concord finished 16th (4:04.30) in the 4 x 400 relay. The Fort Wayne Northrop foursome of junior amber McGee, freshman Breanna Phillips, senior Latrice Bolton and senior Victoria McCuiston were first (3:49.73).

Junior Sierra Moore of Elkhart Memorial finished 22nd (5:11.55) in the 1,600 meters. Freshman Taylor Nicholson of Avon was first (4:51.88). Junior Deanna Cornelius of Memorial placed seventh in shot put (41-11). Senior Liz Iversen of Martinsville was first (47-9 3/4).

Freshman Kloee Fitch of Lakeland was seventh in discus (140-4). Senior Adriana Brown of Lawrence Central won the event (160-2).

Freshman Ashleigh Macleod of Penn won the 800 (2:11.32).

Junior Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka won the 3,200 in a state record time of 10:14.43, breaking the mark of 10:20.66 by Waverly Neer of Culver Girls Academy in 2011.

Freshman Lynna Irby of Pike was a triple winner, taking the 100 (11.61), 200 (24.07) and 400 (54.38).

Other event winners were senior Erin Brophy, sophomore Lauren Johnson, sophomore Kristen Johnson and junior Susan Hubbard of Wet Lafayette in the 4 x 800 relay (9:07.45); freshman Ashley Baker, sophomore Bryeanna Byrdsong, sophomore Reagan Jarrett and senior Ashanetta Harris of Warren Central the 4 x 100 relay (47.33); senior Rachel Mather of Noblesville high jump (5-9), junior Yamani Hunter of Evansville Bosse long jump (19-7 3/4) and junior Kayla Smith of Lawrence Central pole vault (13-0).

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