The Conference Indiana Track and Field Championships are back this evening and will feature a few top 20 teams as well as many of the state's top individuals. Participating teams include Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus North, Southport, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South.
The Bloomington North Cougars are the host school and the defending champions on both the boys and girls sides. Last year, the Bloomington North girls won a close battle with Columbus North, while the Bloomington North boys won their Conference Indiana title in dominating fashion over the field winning by over 50 points.
How will this year's Conference Indiana meet shake out? Top seeds for every event are listed below along with a preview of how the team scores might end up looking by night's end.
Girls Top Seeds (Time/distance is seed time from heat sheet)
4x800m relay- Columbus North- 9:28
100m Hurdles- Kyla Kante, Bloomington North- 15.31
100m Dash- Courtney Jones, Terre Haute South- 12.91
1600m Run- Brianna Newell, Columbus North- 5:05.99
4x100m relay- Terre Haute South- 50.03
400m Run- Nola Somers-Glenn, Bloomington North- 1:00.26
300m Hurdles- Courtney Jones, Terre Haute South and Ella Francis, Bloomington North- 46.74
800m Run- Lily Baker, Columbus North- 2:19.00
200m Dash- Modupe Awosanya, Southport- 25.87
3200m Run- Julia Kiesler, Columbus North- 11:03.00
4x400m relay- Bloomington North- 4:08.54
Long Jump- Modupe Awosanya, Southport- 19'0"
High Jump- Emma Martin, Terre Haute North- 5'3"
Pole Vault- Cali Wuestefeld, Terre Haute North- 10'0"
Shot Put- Hadley Lucas, Bloomington North- 47'2"
Discus- Hadley Lucas, Bloomington North- 154'3"
Girls Team Preview
The 2021 version of this meet saw a close battle between the top three teams. The top two of which, Bloomington North and Columbus North, will likely once again be in a close battle for the team title. Bloomington North will score large points in events like the hurdles, throws, and relays, but Columbus North's presumed domination in the distance events (seeded 1-2 in the 800, 1600, and 3200) give the Bulldogs a big head start in the team title race. Each of these teams will be looking to score points in many other events in what is sure to be a tight finish.
Girls projected team scores by seeds:
Columbus North- 146
Bloomington North- 138 ⅓
Terre Haute South- 77
Terre Haute North- 43 ⅓
Bloomington South- 38 ⅓
Boys Top Seeds(Time/distance is seed time from heat sheet)
4x800m relay- Columbus North- 8:00
110m Hurdles- D'Andre Black, Bloomington South- 14.78
100m Dash- Devin Wilson, Southport- 11.40
1600m Run- Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff, Columbus North- 4:15.00
4x100m relay- Columbus North- 44.06
400m Run- Nickens Lemba, Southport- 50.13
300m Hurdles- Broc Murphy, Bloomington North- 39.45
800m Run- Matthew Newell, Columbus North- 1:56.25
200m Dash- Nickens Lemba, Southport- 22.35
3200m Run- Nolan Bailey, Bloomington North- 9:15.46
4x400m relay- Southport- 3:29.68
Long Jump- Van Lian, Southport- 20'6"
High Jump- Josh Morgan, Terre Haute South- 6'1"
Pole Vault- Sawyer Bailey, Bloomington South- 13'6"
Shot Put- Tucker Smith, Columbus North- 69'2"
Discus- Tucker Smith, Columbus North- 171'2"
Boys Team Preview
After last year's dominating performance for the Cougars, the 2022 battle expects to be much closer. Just like the girls competition, the boys meet will most likely come down to the Cougars and the Bulldogs. The distance events are likely to be a wash as both BN and CN have both been stellar in the distance events this track season. The next big chunk of scoring for the Bulldogs score will come from the throws as the top thrower in the state, Tucker Smith, is almost a lock to take two first place finishes in shot put and discus. The Cougars will counter with the potential to score high points in both hurdle races. Just like on the girls side, both teams will be looking to put together any other points they can in hopes to help propel them as Conference Indiana team champions.
Boys projected team scores by seeds:
Bloomington North- 137 ⅚
Columbus North- 128 ⅚
Bloomington South- 92
Terre Haute South- 42
Terre Haute North- 30 1/3