The 2018-2019 school year looks to be the year that really put the state of Indiana on the map for cross country and track and field. Well we were already there but seemingly overshadowed by our neighboring states of Illinois and Ohio. Take a look at the biggest achievements for Indiana athletes during the 2018-2019 school year.
9 Class Records
- Tucker Smith (Columbus North) threw 57' 9" for shot put at the Columbus North Sectional breaking the freshman class record.
- Ramiah Elliott (North Central) broke both the 200 and the 400 freshman records with a 23.27 at USATF U20's and a 53.30 at the state meet. Her 200 time puts her No. 2 all-time for Indiana, just .15 seconds behind Maicel Malone. Her 400 time puts her No. 4 all-time as well, that record is held by Lynna Irby still with a 51.39.
- Semira Killebrew (Brebeuf Jesuit) set a new senior class 100 time of 11.24 at the Brooks PR Invite. This time best the old state record as well held by Candyce McGrone with an 11.39
- Addison Wiley (Huntington North) broke both the 800 and 1600 freshman records. At the state meet, she hung out with favorite, Abby Lynch and managed to go sub-4:50 with a 4:46.93 to not only break the frosh record but get her first state title. She would go on to run the EE 800 at NBON and win that event with a new freshman record time of 2:10.15. These two marks put her No. 3 all-time in the 1600 and No. 10 all-time in the 800.
- Abby Lynch (Brownsburg) made her way to the sophomore class record in the 1600 at the state meet with a 4:48.19. A little while later in the 800 she would grab the 800 sophomore record as well with a 2:09.83. Her times put her No. 8 all-time in the 800 and No. 5 all-time in the 1600.
- The 800 continued to be the best event for the ladies this year as Maddie Russin (Crown Point) set the junior class record with a solo 2:08.23 attempt at state. This puts her No. 3 all-time.
- Elizabeth Stanhope (Pike) put the icing on the cake with the senior class record and new state record in 2:06.62 in the state meet as well.
4 State Records
- The girls 4x400 at the state meet was easily one of the most anticipated events and would be a deciding factor in who took home the crown. Both Hamilton Southeastern and North Central were under the old record at the finish, but North Central crossed just about 2 seconds before and now holds the state record at 3:43.99. A record that surely could fall by this same team next year.
- As mentioned above, Semira Killebrew crushed the 100m state record with her 11.24 at the Brooks PR Invite. This record looks like one that will stand for a while too.
- Also mentioned above, Elizabeth Stanhope left it all out on her new home track for the 800 state record in 2:06.62. With the other 3 class records broken, this record has the potential to fall real soon.
- Probably one of the most exciting records to fall for the distance community, the boys distance medley relay. Cathedral had already broke the record back during the indoor by just about 1 second. This time they went for the first team in Indiana to go sub-10 in the DMR. The boys went out to New Balance Outdoors to achieve this goal, hitting a time of 9:58.91 with all out efforts from all 4 legs.
1 World Para Junior Representative
- Hamilton Southeastern Senior, Noah Malone will represent the United States the first week of August in Switzerland. Malone has run under the para world records at the 2019 state meet with a 10.59 in the 100 and a 21.31 in the 200.
2 Pan Am Junior Representatives
- Shelby Tyler repeated as the national champion at the USATF U20 Champs just over a week ago now and cleared 6 foot for the first time this outdoor season. This victory earned her a spot on team USA for the 2019 Pan Am Jr Champs in Costa Rica later this month. This will be Tyler's 2nd U20 team selection.
- Semira Killebrew followed up her state record performance with a great U20 champs weekend with an 11.31 in the 100 finals to take 3rd. While this didn't earn her the spot to run the individual race, it did still earn her a spot on the team, in the 4x100 relay team. This will be the first time Killebrew has represented the USA in an international competition.
1 Pan Am Pro Representative
- Lynna Irby will represent the US at the 2019 Pan Am Games in both the 200 and the 400. This is Irby's first selection to an international competition since going pro earlier this spring. The games will be held starting at the end of July in Lima, Peru
4 National Champions
- Cole Hocker kicked off the year with his win at Foot Locker Nationals in December. The week before he took his first and only loss of the year at Nike Cross Nationals where he took 2nd.
- Shelby Tyler won the U20 Champs in the high jump with her 6 foot clearance.
- Nathan Stone won New Balance Nationals in the pole vault with a height of 16' 8.75".
- Sammy Sommers won the USATF Youth Nationals 17-18 division Long Jump with a jump of 23' 0.75"/