Rigg threw down a monster kick to win the large school 3200 at last years HSR finals. Will she need that kick tomorrow?
Last weekend was the MIC Indoor Champs, this weekend we've got the HCC Champs at Wabash College. Many of the states top athletes will be competing here, with names like Gabe Fendel, Camille Christopher, Isaac Guerendo, Noah Malone, and Sophia Rigg being the biggest names that come to mind for athletes on the track. The field events also some top athletes that I'll get to here in a minute.
In girls shot put, it looks like Haley Nichols of Avon will have little to no true competition, with a seed mark of 41' 1". Erikka Ededuwa of HSE comes in with a throw of 34' 3". Avon must be doing something right with those throws as Brock King comes in as the top seed in the boys shot put with a 55' 9". In the girls long jump it'll be an HSE show, as Mia Mackenzie and Tierra Sydnor come in with the top marks, 16' 10.75" and 16' 9" respectively. Again with Avon and field events, Isaac Guerendo comes into the boys long jump as a top seed at 22' 9". Girls pole vault will feature the defending state champ Kennedy Drish of HSE as well as her teammate Jessica Bray. Dillion Richard of Avon and Peyton Haack come in as top seeds in the boys pole vault, having cleared 14' ft this year for both of them. The only girl last year in Indiana to clear 6ft, Katie Isenbarger comes in as the major favorite in the girls high jump, looking to have no big competition in this meet. The boys high jump is the complete opposite really, with no major favorite and 4 boys with a 6ft or higher seed.
In the boys DMR it appears, Westfield and Noblesville will square off with just 2 seconds separating their times. If Fishers can put their best out there they may have a shot at challenging these two but it doesn't look like they will do it easily. On the girls side, Noblesville looks like they could blow the competition away and have no problem doing so. Zionsville and Avon look to fight it out in the boys 4x400, with just 5 seconds separating their seeds. Zionsville girls look to have no problem in the girls 4x400, with a seed time of 4 flat. Section 1 of the boys 4x200 will be a super close battle between Fishers, Avon, Westfield and Zionsville with just 1.5 seconds separating all of them. This race may come down to the final lean. Th girls 4x200 won't be as close for first but the fight for 2nd may be really close. Hamilton Southeastern walks in as the top seed. Fishers and Avon are separated by milliseconds providing for a good 2nd place battle. In the boys 4x800 Westfield holds the top seed of 8:15, 8 seconds ahead of Zionsville. So they look to dominate this race. Again Noblesville girls look to be dominant in the 4x800, but Brownsburg could challenge then seeded just a couple seconds behind.
Individual Events (3200, 60 dash 60 hurdles)
Gabe Fendel is entered in this boys 3200, he was scheduled to run at the Blue and White Relays last weekend but did not as he was reportedly sick. So this should be our first indoor look at Fendel in the 3200 this season. Avon's top dogs Goddard and Sigmon along with Meyer and Clark of Fishers look to provide a good 2nd place race as Fendel will run away with a win. Again this is all on if Fendel is healthy and ready to race. Our 1st indoor look at Sophia Rigg will also come in the 3200, as she comes in as the top seed. Black of HSE and Shera of Fishers and Reichard of Noblesville look to provide a challenge to Rigg. Girls distance races normally take a couple laps before someone decides to start to pushing the pace more and more. Whoever can get out there and push that pace just enough and hang on may become our champion.
Isaac Guerendo could go for 2 individual wins with the 60m and the long jump. He comes in as the top seed with a 6.89. Noah Malone could put up a good fight come the finals as well as Jaban Carter and Bryce Kirtz. Camille Christopher an easy favorite in the girls 60 dash. Daija Springer of Avon could put up a good fight come the finals.
Madison Norris a big favorite to win the 60H, but Peyton Haack could give him a run for his money once finals come around. Mia Mackenzie has the big upper hand in the girls hurdles with a seed time of 9.22. The real battle looks to be for 2nd place, between Henson, Stein, and Irvin. Irvin should be able to take 2nd but it's early in the season so anything can happen.
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