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No local boys advance at track regional
Courier Sports Staff
Friday, May 30, 2014 11:00 AM
Madison's Nathan Riley and Nick Palmer both just missed automatic berths to the state finals after placing fourth at the IHSAA Boys Track and Field Regional at Bloomington North High School on Thursday.
Riley was fourth in the shot put at 48 feet, 7.75 inches, just 2.25 inches shy of the qualifying spot. Palmer was fourth in the pole vault at 13 feet, 9 inches, six inches away from third.
Palmer and Riley must now wait to see if their performances are good enough to give them at-large berths to the state finals next week in Bloomington.
The two Madison Cubs were the top local finishers at a regional event that saw 15 athletes exceed the state standard, including the top five finishers in the 100-meter dash.
A pair of Switzerland County Pacers each recorded sixth-place finishes. Braden Burk was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:02.81 while Ben Curran was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.01.
Southwestern and Shawe each had athletes in only one event. The Rebels' Austin Spray, Markel Goikolea, Ryan Furnish and Josiah Lawson placed 12th in the 1600-meter relay with a personal best time of 3:43.44. Shawe's Chris Grote was 15th in the 1600-meter run in 4:56.65.
Other finishes for Madison were: Patrick Knight, Quenton White, Justin Robertson and David Gibson, 10th, 3200 relay, 8:32.58; White, 11th, 1600 run, 4:47.11; Alex Schmidlapp, 11th, shot put, 45-0; Reece Dryden, Nash Grooms, Bryce Harmon and Curry Morgan, 11th, 400 relay, 46.70; Jordan Partee, 12th, 200 dash, 23.41; Robertson, 15th, 400 dash, 55.57; and Knight, 15th, 800 run, 2:14.13.
Other finishers for Switzerland were: Ben Curran, 12th, high jump, 5-10 and 14th, 110 hurdles, 17.01; Talen Taylor, 14th, 3200 run, 10:27.63; and Brody Splain, Dakota Taylor, Cameron Papucci and Braden Burk, 14th, 1600 relay, 3:47.87.
Madison finished 19th as a team with 10 points while Switzerland was 22nd with six points. Bloomington North won the regional with 108 points.
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